Drew was our amazing 4 year old Maine Coon/Himalayan mix. He and his brother Leonard joined Mako as members of our family this past January.
Drew was a wonderfully sweet lap cat. He loved to cuddle, he didn’t mind being picked up, and he lived for attention in the form of pets. He was born with a heart murmur, but never exhibited symptoms. To the watchful observer, he was a happy, healthy boy.
Today, around 3pm, I came home to find Drew under the bed, wheezing. I was worried, so I immediately rushed him to the vet. Within moments of arriving, the vet expressed that the situation was much worse than I imagined. The vet was unsure how long internal issues may have been building, but Drew’s heart had become twice the size of a normal cat heart and was not pumping blood through at the normal rate. His lungs were presenting with edema (fluid build up), which was causing the wheezing. In addition to this, he had developed a blood clot that basically caused paralysis in his back legs.
The vet expressed to me that Drew had less than a 20% chance of improving. Around 5pm we made the difficult decision to let our little buddy pass on. More than anything, we did not want him to be in pain/suffer. It is a very sad day and he will be missed by all members of our family (especially his brother Leonard).
Rest in Peace, buddy. 10/18/2013