Piper, our darling cat, passed away peacefully this morning.
Piper was diagnosed with a disease called feline infectious peritonitis. What is absolutely horrible about this disease is that not only is there no cure for it but also it causes an infected cat to stop eating and produces severe discomfort which deprives the cat of a restful sleep. In Piper's case, his anorexia depleted him of nutrition, resulting in a rapid and alarming loss of weight, energy and strength. The accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, possibly combined with the inflammation of some internal organs, made him feel like something was constantly churning or burning inside. The great discomfort would make him jerk up every few minutes, switching postures in an attempt to find relief but never getting it. For days since the disease flared up, Piper had not been able to close his eyes and sleep for more than a couple of minutes. It was a very cruel torture and very sad to see.
Piper's wasting away and suffering had come to a point where we had to take the painful decision of putting him to sleep so as to put him out of his misery. It broke our hearts to let him go, but we realised that it was the best thing we could do for him under the tragic circumstances.
The loss of Piper has been harrowing, but we take solace from the knowledge that Piper has had a good life, his suffering is finally over, and he has been escorted by some angels to a happy place where eternal joy awaits.
Goodbye Piper, we have been so honoured and blessed
to have you come into our life.