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In Loving Memory

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Bing died peacefully in our arms at home, Sunday evening, April 29, 2012.

He survived:

  • A malignant adrenal tumor;
  • Major surgery to remove it, including additional work to remove the tumor from the vena cava; "And the cat came back, the very next day..." (H. Miller; the rest of the lyrics are too cruel to include).
  • Severe blood loss during surgery; "And the cat came back, the very next day..."
  • Very low blood pressure; eventually this returned to the normal range; "And the cat came back, the very next day..."
  • Low red blood cell count in spite of two transfusions; this eventually normalized. Initially the vet thought he might be having an auto-immune reaction to the other cats' blood. "And the cat came back, the very next day..."
  • Severe pneumonia, from which he recovered fully. "And the cat came back, the very next day..."

He finally succumbed to critical renal failure, probably brought on by the low blood pressure during and after the surgery. When we knew there was no more the vets could do, other than palliative care, we brought him home Saturday evening. As he had done twice earlier in the week, he slept through the night between us. Sunday, we provided him subcutaneous fluids, pain medication, and a small amount of food, along with letting him rest in his favorite chair. Late in the afternoon, Dr. Jason came, we talked about Bing with him, and then it was time to let Bing go. Tom carried him upstairs so that his companion of 5 years, Chloe, could make peace with his passing.

All this in the span of just over 2 weeks. Throughout his ordeal, he maintained a sweet disposition, patiently accepting the help the vets, nurses, and techs provided, and responding with happy recognition whenever we visited him in the hospital.


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