Sadly, Webster developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which is what his brother Darnarian died of back in May. It's a horrible disease which affects many internal organs and is always fatal, usually quite quickly. We were fortunate that Webster lived with his diagnosis for almost two months; his initial prediction was 20-30 days.
|Lucinda (tuxedo) & Webster (tabby)|
His favorite song might have been John Fogerty's Centerfield. When he was well, and very kitteny, he would sing to me: "Put me in coach! I'm ready to play! I'm ready to play today!" He'd add ... "I don't know what I'm going to play, but I'm ready! I'm ready to play!"
Webster preferred to chase his food than eat it out of a bowl. More than once, he left a full bowl of crunchies in order to chase kibbles I'd thrown to keep his sister Lucinda running & in shape. Webster ran down the hall to chase crunchies, returning to his bowl only when the game was over.
He was a very affectionate, social cat. His purr motor was almost constantly on; in fact, two veterinarians had trouble hearing his heart due to his purring. He liked to be with his people and his sister Lucinda, right up until the end. He is survived by his adopted sisters Lucinda (now 9 months) and Emma (a very healthy 15 years).
Webby, webby, webby, webby, Webster. Rest in peace, little guy.
Thanks to ...
- Independent Animal Rescue & Foster Mom Pam (article from UNC's Daily Tar Heel)
- Piedmont Veterinary Clinic, especially Drs. Sugg and Kipp.
- NC State Veterinary Hospital, especially Jamie and Dr. Wiley.
For More Information about FIP
- FIP - Feline Infectious Peritonitis patient handout from Cornell
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) - VeterinaryPartner.com
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Coronavirus Information from Dr. Diane Addie
- Understanding Feline Infectious Peritonitis (pdf) by UC Davis' Niels C. Pedersen
- the FIP Fighters Group on Facebook is full of knowledgeable, caring humans who have dealt with FIP in one (or more) cats.