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In Memory of Kenneth and Ted E. Bear

Kenneth and Teddy both died of Feline Infectious Peritonitis.  Kenneth in October of 1999, and Teddy in March of 2000.  Kenneth at 14 years of age had lived a very full life, having been rescued from the streets of Mundelein, Illinois.  Teddy, however, was not quite two years old, also a rescue kitten.  The point is that this disease can strike any cat, at any age.

We miss both of them very much.  They were both extremely affectionate, especially Kenneth.  When ever he was in the room, he demanded to be the center of attention.  Teddy was just an unassuming little guy who would take  whatever you were willing to give.

If you would like to learn more about FIP, we are including some links to sites with more information.  Some day, we hope that they will find a cure for this horrible disease that is so hard to diagnose.  The scary thing for us is that any member of our cat family could contract the disease at any time.  Luckily, we have been able to avoid further infections for the past several months.

 

Feline Infectious Peritonitis

The Winn Feline Foundation
Long Beach Animal Hospital Feline Infections Peritonitis FAQ
WWW.TheVet.Com WWW.VetInfo.Com
Max's House University of Illinois Vet School
Mercy Crusade, Inc. Cat Fancy Feline Library

 

Feline Spirit

By: Patricia Olson

And God asked the feline spirit

Are you ready to come home?

Oh yes, quite so,, replied the precious soul.

And as a cat, you know I am most able

To decide anything for myself.

 

Are you coming then? asked God.

Soon, replied the whiskered angel.

But, I must come slowly.

For my human friends are troubled.

\For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

 

But don't they understand? asked God,

That you'll never leave them?

That your souls are intertwined, for all eternity?

It just is . . . forever and ever and ever.

 

Eventually, they will understand,

Replied the glorious cat.

For I will whisper into their hearts

That I am always with them.

I just am . . . forever and ever and ever.