Lily Crossed The Rainbow Bridge

It is with deep sorrow that I share the passing of our sweet Lily. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge some time early on June 15, 2017.

We don’t know exactly what happened. Lily seemed fine several days earlier, on the morning that I left to drive across the country with my children. My husband was at home taking care of the cats while we were gone and he noticed that Lily wasn’t acting right when he came home from work. She was unable to walk properly. Then, she peed on the floor and he knew something was seriously wrong.

My beloved Lily passed away from kidney failure.

He immediately called our vet and took her in that night. It didn’t take long for our vet to diagnose her with severe kidney failure. We have no idea what caused this. The vet said that when it comes on as quickly as it did with Lily that it’s usually from antifreeze poisoning or from eating a Lily plant. Lily is strictly an indoor cat and there’s no way she would have had access to antifreeze and we don’t have Lily flowers.

We were faced with two options: put Lily to sleep immediately or give her medical treatment and hope for the best. The first 24 hours passed and there was no change in Lily. We again had to decide if we would put her to sleep or give her another 24 hours. We opted to wait, hoping against hope for a miracle. That miracle didn’t come and Lily passed away on her own.

We think, along with our vet, that it was just bad genes that took her. She had glaucoma as a six month old kitten, then stomatitis at one year.

My entire family is heartbroken. I love all my cats but Lily was special. It wasn’t just because of all that we went through with her stomatitis. She was incredibly sweet and loving. Any time I came home she would run up to me to greet me and her tail would rise up to show her happiness. She would jump on my lap, then stand on my chest so she could rub her face on my face. When she ran, which was often, she would hop like a bunny with her tail arched, something I always wanted to record but never managed to do.

There will never be another Lily. She was our shooting star. This website is her legacy and I hope that it continues to help other cats find relief from the horrible disease of stomatitis.


Lily Crossed The Rainbow Bridge — 24 Comments

  1. I am so very sorry to hear of Lily’s passing. Take comfort in knowing you did everything possible to help her and never gave up trying to find alternative ways to treat the stomatitis and other conditions she was plagued with. Thank you so much for putting together this website. The information you have given has been invaluable to me and many others who are struggling to help our cats with this horrible condition. I give my cat PlaqueOff and L-Lysine every day and it does seem to be helping. Also the information regarding the clinical trials at UC Davis have given me a tremendous amount of hope that there may finally be a cure for this condition, or at the very least, a viable alternative to other methods of treating it.

  2. Neil,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Lily was a very special cat and we miss her fiercely, but we still sense her presence. I truly believe that she came into our lives for several reasons, and this website is one of those reasons. I hope that what we went through with Lily, as well as all the other cat owners who have shared their stories on this site, will help you with Peter.


  3. Ann Marie,

    Thank you for your kind words. Lily was on Prednisolone, PlaqueOff, and Lysine for a year, then I weaned her off the Prednisolone. After that she was on just PlaqueOff and Lysine for between four and five years before she died, and I started the PlaqueOff after she had all her teeth removed. I hope this helps and that you find relief for Snuggles.


  4. So sorry to hear of Lily’s passing. Came across your site recently after our 11 year old cat Snuggles was diagnosed with stomatitis. If you don’t mind me asking, how long was Lily on the PlaqueOff and Lysine before her passing? Snuggles had all of her teeth pulled a little over a month ago, but still has some inflammation and does this strange thing where when she stretches, wakes up, or sometimes just suddenly when nothing is going on, she jerks her mouth open and yelps. It’s almost like she gets a sharp pain or something. The vet has her on prednisolone, but I was thinking about trying the PlaqueOff and Lysine. Thank you so much for sharing your story- they truly are like our babies!

  5. May Lily have sanctuary and Joy on the other side. And, may God Bless you for caring for her as well as you did. My cat, Peter has stomatitis (full tooth extraction, steroids, etc.) Most recently I have read yours, and other articles about the Plaque-off and Lysine powder in the food. It seems to be working!!! Thank you for sharing Lily’s journey with everyone. I know she is missed, but she is still here. Trust and Faith.

  6. Cyndi,

    What a heartbreaking story! You are a good cat mom to take him back knowing what you are dealing with. I hope that you are able to get all his ailments under control.


  7. i am so sorry for the loss of your cat i just wanted you to know what a big help this site has been to me and my danny boy a somo cat,teeth all removed he gets predisone got him to every 3 days also give him the l-lysine daily. he came from a shelter he was outside and abused for 8 yrs. shelter didnt know he had this problem when we realized what the problem was thy offered to take him bck but we said no. then he got herpes in eyes we couldnt get drops in at all shelter came took him bck, following week i got call danny took turn for worse wouldnt take any meds at all and just cried in his bed in his cage, vet thought he missed me, well i brought him home he took his meds (not eye) and got better still home with me thats where he will stay

  8. this is rather late. I just saw the notice about Lilly. I have to say that no cat could have asked for a better owner, life, or caring existence.
    Just the fact that you started this website has helped so many owners that are dealing with this awful problem. That said, many cats are getting help they otherwise would not have gotten. That is something to be said about Lilly’s memory.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Lily’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  10. There could not be a better tribute to Lily than this site. Sorry for your loss, but Lily was lucky to be loved so much. And for that you should be happy when you think of her and how much her life meant in terms of helping other cats fight this disease.

  11. I am so sorry about your loss. Lily was such an inspiration as we faced stomatitis in our cat, Kia, in 2014. Your website helped us through the difficult time and decision of full extraction of her teeth. She is doing great. Without your site, we would not have known to get before and after X-rays.

    We had to make the heart-breaking decision to let another of our cats, Kasia, cross over the Rainbow Bridge in March 2017. So many months later, we still listen for her special growl for her breakfast. I know that all of our beloved furbies are celebrating their lives in Heaven and watching and waiting for us.

    May this website continue to be a tribute and celebration of Lily’s life with her wonderful, amazing family.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know her legacy lives on and has helped me, my son, and our stomatitis diagnosed kitty.

    Thank you.

  13. Lisa,

    Thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy knowing that this site helped give you knowledge that you could use when you were talking with your vet. I hope that Tennant improves (is he named after David Tennant?).


  14. I’m so sorry about Lily. By you sharing her story and teaching about stomatitis, she lives on in spirit. Thank you so much for this site. My Tennant was just diagnosed with stomatitis but I found your site a couple of weeks before. It helped that when the vet told me that I had an idea of what it was from here.

  15. Linda,

    Thank you for your kind words. We all still walk into the house and look for Lily to run up to us to greet us. We shall forever have cat shaped holes in our hearts.


  16. I’m so sad to hear of your Lily’s passing. Losing her is understandably heartbreaking. She was so beautiful and such a love for you and your family. I, too, lost my Siberian, also named Lily, January 2, 2016, and don’t think I’ll ever quite get over her loss. Like yours, my Lily was the most special cat and I still miss her so much.

  17. Dear Rochelle:

    I’m SO SO SORRY to hear that Lily is no longer physically with you.
    I understand the pain and sorrow you and your family are feeling right now.
    It NEVER gets easier losing one of your fur kids but when it happens so
    unexpected, that’s really tough.

    Please know that you will see Lily again….but right now your heart aches to see
    Lily now. And you have to know that Lily LOVES YOU for all your special care and
    love that you graced her life with.

    Your website/forum for Lily’s stomatitis has been so much HELP to so many cat
    owners. I thank Lily and you for that.

    God Speed in Heaven Dear Lily…..

  18. i can’t tell you how sorry i am to hear this, i’ve been following you for so long now and doing my best to point others your way. you and lily were my inspiration and education for my first bouts with this disease, scardy cat and otis were my first diagnosed, after giving in to scardy cat and allowing my vet to help him go i opted to let the rest of my guys go at home with me either holding them or close to them. i’m sure i’ve mentioned when my wife left a little over 2 yrs age she left me with 17 of our rescuses/pets/family, i have only 5 left now, they all lived a very full life and never wanted for anything i could give. my oldest, the mom of a few, left me just recently, one day she just got slow and started not making it to the litter box, within a week she was gone with me holding her, she was 20. i’ve helped my vet by researching different things i’ve heard of either from you or your readers, he uses some in his treatments, interferon was one of the first, he has a few he calls his but really belong to a couple of his oldest clients. i feel so blessed for finding your story years ago and also for having such a caring vet to help. i’m still treating one outside girl, annie, a feral that was scardy cats life long mate, over 10 years with not being able to touch her and now she demands back rubs every time i go around her, but on her terms. her and nickey, my last black guy, are my only two outside guys, he is the one that had a stroke and later on attacked and suffered a front broke leg. inside one huge female cancer survivor, took all of one ear inside to remove tumor, and lost most sight in that side eye, spoiled rotten. and my baby, minnie that thinks she is the queen of the house, and my wifes favorite, a pure white girl that hides from the others in the bedroom.
    this made a very old man cry today, i’m going to miss hearing about lily, i’m sure she will be on lots of minds each day when we all go about treating our familys. one day when i get around to it i will have a shelf finished that will hold all my guys ashes and if its okay with you i will send you a picture of them all lined up the way they came to me. again im so sorry for the loss of Lily

  19. Patricia,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m sure that your sharing of Lily’s story will bring kitty well wishes to her across the bridge.

    Yes, I agree that that there is no one particular approach to stomatitis, which I’ve learned from the many comments on this site. I hope that you are able to find the right methods for your sanctuary cats.


  20. I am so sorry for your loss of Lily. She sounded like such a sweet kitty and went through so much! She was soooo fortunate to have a family like yours to love her and pursue ways to relieve her pain. What a win-win situation.
    I found your site because I help run a cat rescue and at least 50% of our dear kitties have stomatitis. Each one has been through so much, and it seems no one approach and meds are right for all.
    Tomorrow morn when I go to the Sanctuary I will tell them about Lily, and I know they will all be sending sweet kitty wishes across the Rainbow Bridge to her. Thank you so much for what you did for Lily & all the other kitties that have been helped by this site.

  21. Thanks sooooo much for setting up this site. I recently found out that my Posie Patch has stomatitis. I am going to try your suggestions. Again, you are so very kind to do this.

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