5/1/95 to 5/6/06
|I am leaving this page up for now as a tribute to my sweet little 'Baidley Boys', he has been sick since December and on Friday May 5th, 2006 we decided he needed surgery to find out what exactly was going on. That night his breathing got bad and on Saturday morning at his scheduled surgery time it was obvious he wasn't in good enough shape to have it. We tried fluid support and a blood transfusion but Bailey only got worse. My vet and I decided Bailey had had enough and was leaving us on his own. We took him home and had about an hour. Bailey has taught me so much about FeLV that I would never have known had he not come into my life, I thank him so much for that. We have saved many FeLV+ kitties that would not be here if Bailey hadn't decided to honor me to be his guardian. I miss him more than words can say. He was known as happy cat because the white around his mouth made it look like he was always smiling and happy. He was such a sensitive and bouncy happy-go-lucky boy, he got along with everyone. We had 11 good years together, even though he was positive that whole time he was healthy and didn't have any serious healthy problems his whole life until December. I hope God knows what a special angel he got when my Bady Boys came home.
- We LOVE & Miss you Bades Bades -
Baileys very special, because he is a stray that walked into Walmart right when I was standing by the door. I took him home and when I had him tested for FELV he was +. I was devastated because after losing three cats to this horrible disease we had decided not to put ourselves through that again.
Too late though, I was already very much in love with little Bailey, he is one of the most affectionate cats I have ever been priviliged to be owned by. We did decide to keep him because not only could I not part with him, but we found out that Joey had been squeezing under the door (he was isolated) to play with him, so our other cats had already been exposed. They are and were at that time vaccinated againest FELV and so far are all negative except Bailey. He did go through immunoregalin treatment but he is still +. Our kitties got their vaccinations in February, and God has been good to us and kept our babies healthy and still negative.
Bailey also has bad eating habits, he likes plastic especially full grocery bags he will eat them groceries and all. We really have to make sure we don't leave anything laying around, Mike thinks I get stupid about this sometimes, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Bailey is our play fetch kitty, if you wad up a piece of paper he always comes running (comes in handy sometimes), throw it and he will go get it and bring it back to you and drop it at your feet. It's very cute to watch. He's a long haired black and white tuxedo cat, he weighs about 9 pounds (although he's recently been looking alittle chunky, might be 10 or 11 lbs. by now), this is good because if cats become actively sick with FeLV not eating is the usually one of the first symptoms.
We have been very lucky so far, that Bailey is happy and healthy (fingers - crossed) and I thank God! One of his nick names is happy cat because his white markings around his mouth make him look like he's smiling. He was about 5 months old in '95' when he found me, so he turned 3 in May of '98'. He's my little Ba-Ba's, some other nick-names are Happy cat and Other cat!