Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Farewell, Pepper

This very nice graphic was made from the last picture taken of Pepper as he enjoyed the sunshine while sitting next to Whimpurr as she wrote her post on Sunday. Pepper was a purebred Maine Coon, but he was a rescued cat. He was big and floofy and very loving. He liked to sit in Whimpurr's lap and he purred a lot. He did like to try to intimidate some of the other cats once in a while, especially the girls, but it was all for show. He was just strutting his Mancatliness. Not long ago, he started acting very sick and was rushed to the vet. The vet found so much fluid in his lungs that there was hardly any room for air and the vet couldn't even hear his heart properly. The vet managed to drain a lot of the fluid and Pepper felt much better. He still wouldn't eat or drink much but he was purring again. It occurred to Whimpurr that he might have cardiomyopathy, as this crops up frequently in Maine Coons. He had an appointment with the vet Monday for an ultrasound to see if this was the case. It turned out that Pepper had a very advanced case, with a possible blood clot already formed in his heart, which could break loose at any time and give him a fatal heart attack, or painful paralysis. Whimpurr decided to send Pepper on to the Bridge before he suffered any more.

                                     Pepper had a very sick heart.
                                     It could no longer do its part
                                          To keep him well,
                                          So we say farewell.
                                     Pepper's playing at the Bridge with all of his heart.

15 comments:

ZOOLATRY said...

Remembering Pepper, with much affection...

Parker said...

Oh Karen Jo, that was so nice. We feel so awful for Pepper's family...

One-Eyed Jack said...

Poor Pepper. We're glad he doesn't hurt anymore. There have been so many kitties going to the Bridge lately! We're so sad.

You write such nice tribute limericks for them. Thank you!

~Jack

PS. Thank you for your prayers! I'm all better now, and Dr Tara said my pees and my bloods are perfect! And I'm glad you like me in my lei! ::groomgroompreen::

The Creek Cats said...

That was a wonderful limerick and tribute to Pepper. Our hearts are heavy today for the Whimpurrs Whim family.

DEBRA said...

Karen Jo
That was a lovely tribute to Pepper...and our hearts go out to Whim Purrs...

purrs
Abby

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are sad about Pepper too. And we know Whimpurr's Whim misses him.

The Devil Dog said...

That is a beautiful tribute to Pepper. He sounds like he was a very fun cat.

Roxy

Monica said...

That is a very nice tribute for Pepper.

The Island Cats said...

A very nice tribute to Pepper...we are sad to see him go to the Bridge...but at least he doesn't hurt anymore...

Everycat said...

What a lovely tribute to Pepper. He is sorely missed. Karen jo you are such a sweet person to write such lovely limericks for cats.

Whicky

Shadow / Molly said...

We has lost too many kitty furiends lately!

Ariel said...

Very beautiful Limerick for sweet Pepper.

Lux said...

We felt especially bad when we heard about this, as you can imagine. We send his family all our love.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

That was very nice for poor Pepper.
WE hopes he is running free and happy and that my sisfurs is a looking after him :))

V-V

Grahamn Kracker said...

You know, I just look at Pepper's picture and I love him, even though I never met him. Glad you were all able to love each other and that you made his life good.