Friday, December 17, 2010
On Saturday (Dec. 11) Marienne and MJK, caretakers of the MJK alley, made the difficult decision that it was time to let Mona go. She had been brought in to Tree House for booster shots and assessment, and the vet reported that her mouth was "toxic" with sores and pus, that she was profoundly dehydrated, and that she had a serious heart murmur (5/6). In addition, her coat was so seriously matted that it would have required shaving. The vet said that she was in considerable pain due to the condition of her mouth and that her heart condition would be fatal. Under those circumstances, euthanization was the only humane option, and she died peacefully as MJK held her head. MJK writes, "I am terribly sad, but also greatly relieved that we were able to spare her more suffering and that we were spared the horror of finding her frozen one day. Both Marienne and I loved this brave little cat who survived nearly three years with FIV. Her courage and pluck are an inspiration."
Mona when we trapped her to be spayed, June 2008.
Goodbye, Mona. We salute you, you brave and beautiful girl; and we are glad we could give you what we could.