Over the busy Thanksgiving holiday, our house was filled with guests and great holiday cheer. Unfortunately, someone inadvertently stepped on a rat bait pellet and brought it underfoot, into the house. Our F1 Savannah cat and our wonderful Maine Coon decided to sample the delights of the tasty pellet. I didn't catch it until yesterday 4:50 PM when I discovered our cats vomiting and very sick. I took them to the 24 hour emergency vet in Sarasota. Long story short, Syd, our Savannah died around 7PM and Kitty Kitty our Maine Coon is still hanging on by a thread. However, the blood tests show that poison has destroyed Kitty Kitty's liver. In an hour or so, we are going back over to the emergency vet tonight to say goodbye to Kitty Kitty and put her down because that is the most humane course of action. We're so sad, words cannot describe what we're feeling at this moment. That being said, please keep an eye on your pets and watch what they do, where they go, and what they eat. Be on the lookout for potential hazards and if your pets go outside, keep an eagle eye on them. So many substances are toxic to cats and dogs…things like chocolate…and rat poison for that matter. We lost 50% of our household and maybe (I don't know how), it could have been prevented. Tonight, give your pets some love and an extra hug…..we won't be doing that again.





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  1. Kevin Kilgore on November 29, 2016 12:36 am

    As I lay in bed with my 2 retrievers keeping me warm while I type this, I am reminded how truly special our furry pets are to us. They are family. As someone who has said goodbye to a couple dogs myself after years of bonding and love, I feel your pain and offer my sincerest condolences to you in this awful time. They are such a blessing. I wish you peace and healing soon. Blessings

  2. Steve Sabo on December 1, 2016 12:52 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Please consider going to your local animal shelter for replacements.

  3. Karen Palmer on November 21, 2018 10:29 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your tragic loss, but thank you for sharing this solemn reminder to help prevent it from happening to other pets. I also want to add that the photo of the cat here is gorgeous. I am a portait artist and would appreciate the opportunity to draw it, if it is yours and with your permission. Thank you. I wish your family a peaceful Thanksgiving.


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