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.


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Lily Crossed The Rainbow Bridge — 5 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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.

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    Rochelle Reply:

    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.

    Sincerely,
    Rochelle

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  3. 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

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  4. 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…..

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