R.I.P. Leo – 8.30AM, 22.3.2008

by Andy Polaine on March 22, 2008

Double Leo

Our cat, Leo, who travelled with us all the way from Australia, died this morning having struggled with FIV (the feline version of HIV) for the last year.

For those of you who have never had a pet, this will probably sound ridiculously sentimental. Others will know how much they are loved and treated as much as one of the family as any human. And how heart-wrenching it is when they pass away.

Leo adopted us when we moved into our house in Beattie Street in Sydney, having been abandoned by the previous neighbours, and quickly found his way into our hearts. I grew up with cats in the house and have known many, but rarely one with such character and never one that was so sociable. He was never aloof and always wanted to be around people. always sitting on our desks whilst we worked or on the sofa with us in the evening always chatty and purring. He even softened the hearts of even the most die-hard, anti-cat dog lovers.

He was truly one of a kind. For Karin and I he has been like a child over the past seven years. We both numb at the loss and sitting here swollen-eyed from all the tears. In some small way I hope that this little post secures his place and memory in the world.

Lastly, thank you to all the people who have cuddled him and looked after him whilst we were away. You all know what a lovely fella he was. Here are a few pictures to remember him by.

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1 Christy Dena March 24, 2008 at 2:31 am

You don’t know me but my most loved cat passed away late last year. I had to give a presentation in another state two days afterwards, which was sooo difficult. I actually dedicated the presentation to her. I didn’t care what other people thought of me doing that…she deserved it. I just wanted to let you know there are others out there who are deeply affected when their little feline friends pass on. The pictures of Leo look lovely. All the best to you both.

2 Andy Polaine March 24, 2008 at 10:08 am

Thanks Christy, it’s always nice to hear from people who understand and I’m sorry to hear about you losing your cat. We both worked from home, so he was around us all the time and it feels very quiet without him.

3 matthew willis March 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

so sorry to hear that leo is no longer with you. having had cats all my life as well i know exactly what you are going through. if we lost bic or kasey… man… it would be such a sad day. bic is older than both the boys!

one thing. i think you should have the link above to FIV not HIV. have to admit when i read HIV i was quiet interested in feline HIV

4 Andy Polaine March 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

Thanks Matt. I did link to FIV, but made it a bit clearer what it means. I think a lot of people should check it out, especially in Australia, which is where we think he got it after a bad fight or 10 (he used to be a bit of a bruiser).

We had no idea, so of course he might have infected other cats he fought with, but he didn’t have any biting teeth left, so may not have made any puncture wounds. Still, if your cats ever get caught up in a lot of fights, it’s worth testing them.

The other thing we did was to make sure we fed him as much organic cat-food as possible – there’s often a lot of crap and preservatives in regular cat food and Leo had some kind of digestive infection/problems that he couldn’t shake because of the FIV.

We even went to a homeopathic/naturopath vet who gave him some Chinese herbal tablets and other drops to support his immune system. They made quite a difference towards the end.

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