This page is dedicated to those foster kittens who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Fostering saves lives, but sometimes those lives are too short despite the very best efforts everyone involved can make. There are many reasons a foster kitten passes on, and this page is here to remember those who came to BeeBee’s House, and remind us why we do what we do.
This was Vax’ildan. He was a beautiful flame-point Siamese; one of three brothers of Critter Litter #1. He was the tiniest of the three, but that didn’t slow him down. As his brothers gained weight and grew, Vax didn’t. As they got older, it was harder and harder for Vax to go potty. After some examinations and tests, it was determined that little Vax had a congenital defect of his digestive system known as megacolon. Though more common in older cats, they can be born with it. The diagnosis was grim, and it was determined that surgery to correct his issue wasn’t an option for him. He would not survive the procedure at his age, and would not live to an age where it was feasible. There was only one way for us to help him.
Vax’ildan was the first foster BeeBee’s House lost. Even though he wasn’t “ours” officially (as an owner), the shelter was kind enough to allow us to keep his ashes, and the veterinarian made us a print of his little paw, which Dina had tattooed over her heart as a reminder of his spirit and the mission of BeeBee’s House. We will always remember little Vax’ildan. He was funny and playful and loving. There will never be another one like him. We love you, Vax’ildan.
This was Andi. She was a flame-point Siamese; one of the Goonies Litter. She was born with only half a tail. We called her “little frog cat” because her back end was squat and she hopped like a frog on bowed back legs longer than her front ones were. Though clearly a special needs kitten, she ate well and played with her three brothers – the only girl of the lot. After an examination, she was sent back to us with some meds and instructions. Within a day, it was apparent that there was more going on than suspected. Back to the vet she went, and more tests were done. It was determined that Andi had a similar condition to Vax’ildan’s – megacolon, but also a severe spinal deformity that may have been the cause instead of just a congenital case. (As both she and Vax were flame-point Siamese cats, and both had brothers with similar coloring, it is suspected that they were somehow related, as the timing of their births would be the gestation period for the same mother to have another litter.)
Andi’s deformity was too severe to be corrected, and she was too young to survive without surgery. She is a testament to the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. Hers was unnecessary suffering, and her passing will not go unrecognized. She had the most beautiful purr and loved her cuddles and scratches. We love you, Andi.