The e-mail wasn’t unexpected because Lavinia kept me up to date on Nano’s condition. Still, the sad news from Oregon came today: Lavinia and Rick Ross report Nano’s fight for life reached a point where nothing could assure he had any quality of life. He was euthanized today after medical care no longer helped his failing body.
Lavinia wrote this last note:
Rick wrote a guest story for Katzenworld back in May based on his own recollections of Nano. He doesn’t have the story quite right regarding the time Nano escaped early on and I was up most of the night trying to catch him and get him back inside, which I did about 4:30 AM that day. Nano bit me hard, not scratched me. I had to go to work that day, the hand swelled up and I took myself to the ER that evening. I had to produce a valid rabies certificate, and I was on antibiotics for a good week if not 10 days. You can go ahead and use his story, though. Close enough. I’ve attached one of my favorite photos of him, taken through the window from outside the house. Makes him look other-worldly, which he is indeed now…. Also another photo of Nano from 2015. A bit on the dark side though as I was trying not to use the flash.
He had a good quality of life until late June, when he started going off his feed. I took him in to the vet on June 30th for blood work and urinalysis. The vet and I looked back over the last few years of testing, and it seemed like his kidneys finally hit a tipping point. Prescription food, supplements and finally subcutaneous fluids were tried. Too far gone, and his quality of life was not so good the last two weeks. It was time to let him go, peacefully and quickly. He is lying in state right now, and I will take care of burying him this evening.
Thanks again, Doug. I know you understand what we have been through.
It’s never easy to say goodbye to a family pet. They are family. The Rosses took this kitty into their home when he showed up, then he entered their hearts. Hugs and condolences to Lavinia and Rick. Their memorial gardens gained one more soul this evening.