Sadly, Dunkel passed away this last Sunday.
He was a shelter kitty and was with us for 9 years, and he has left a gaping hole in our hearts and our home.
He had a huge personality and got a lot of life out of his 9 years.
He started losing weight suddenly in November, and I got him to the vet in early December. He was also breathing much harder than he should have been. Dunkel continued to lose more weight and decline over the rest of the month. He was down a total of 4 pounds by last Thursday. The vet was mystified about what was wrong with him. He considered thyroid issues - No. Then Feline Lower Airway Disease - No. Then an enlarged heart - ? All the tests and Xrays showed no clear answer. But by Sunday morning he was in great pain, bleeding from his mouth and couldn't breathe. Unfortunately, he passed away on the way to the vet. The vet's best guess was possible lung cancer.
So, now Dunkel has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He has joined all my other pets and I know I'll see them again some day.
My worry now is Shade. He knew something was wrong with Dunkel and stayed close to him for the last week. He is wondering where Dunkel has gone and is missing him. We're trying to give Shade lots of love and attention to help him through this transition time. We're all missing Dunkel.