Shadow joined our family several years ago, thanks to a rescue group that probably saved his life. He was declawed and his owner kept putting him outside, where he had no means of defending himself. The rescue group finally got her to turn him over to them.
We learned very quickly that Shadow had problems with his teeth. He suffered from feline stomatitis and chronic gingivitis. We had his teeth cleaned several times during the years that we had him, and when I took him in for his annual check up this past February, they had gotten really bad. He had lost 3 pounds since his last check up. The vet cleaned his teeth, removed a few of them, and gave him a laser treatment to reduce the inflammation in his gums. We were hoping this would relieve the pain in his mouth and he would start eating more. We started feeding him exclusively wet cat food, but he never really regained his appetite.
A few weeks ago we noticed that his eye was swollen and his third eyelid was covering it. The vet believed that he had an abscess from his top teeth that had gone up behind his eye. He then removed all but two of his molars and gave him another laser treatment. He was never the same after that. His eye was permanently damaged because of the abscess and he could no longer see out of it. He barely opened it, and when he did, that third eyelid was covering it.
Last week we noticed that he pretty much stopped eating. He would eat food if we brought it to him, but only like a thumb-full at a time. By the end of he week he looked emaciated and we knew that it was time to end his suffering. We took him to the vet on Friday and said goodbye to him.
I miss my sweet boy. He was always such a great cat. He got along with all of our other animals, and even with my mom's dogs who think tormenting my cats is a fun game. He never once got mad at the kids for "playing" with him. I am so glad we were able to give Shadow a loving home for the second half of his life. We will always love Shadow, and we will never forget him. May he rest in peace.