Christmas Eve 2012, late in the evening, our beautiful,
loving boy Talan died, and we are heartbroken. He was
born on Nov 2 2011, so was only just over 1 year old.
initially left us for his new home in early 2012 but was
away only a day or two because he sneezed, and due to
the frequent visits of grandchildren it seemed right
that he should return to us. He settled back with us and
became a part of the family
start of his 'problems' began when, as he matured, he
began to get 'interested' in our girls. So, the decision
was taken that a visit to the vets was necessary! Sadly,
the operation was more complicated than was usual.
The vets could only find and remove one testicle. A
further attempt, with another operation was performed
some weeks later, but again failed.
the suggestion of the vets, we were asked to consider a
chemical implant, which would suppress the testosterone.
We were advised by Virbac, the drug company, that this
implant was licensed for use on dogs, but 'would probably be OK to use in cats' . This took much thought,
and we decided to proceed with this. Although neither
we, nor the vets can be 100% sure that this implant was
responsible, we remain convinced that the implant
seriously affected Talan, who began to show increasing signs of
depression, loss of appetite and loss of weight.
was treated for a raised temperature and the loss of
appetite, and showed signs of improvement. Unfortunately
this was short-lived, and he had to be fed A/D diet
using a syringe regularly through the day for an ongoing
period of time. On his last visit to the vets before
Christmas his temperature was now, more worryingly,
lowered below normal. Medication was given, but shortly
after returning home he faded rapidly and died.
often happens when we lose one of our family, the
self-inquests began .. did we make the right decision?
.. what else could we have done? ...
Talan is buried near another sad loss from early
this year, that of Bryntin. They are both under our weeping
willow tree waiting for the New Year snowdrops.
Talan's loss took the edge off the Christmaasy
spirit, and there have been tears a-plenty. We shall miss
seeing him on his garden wanders, with his beautiful
full brush curved right forward over his back, the tip
touching his head. As is often the case with our cats
when they near their end, he took a last, shaky walk to
a favourite bit of garden in the evening shortly before
dying. We know we shall see him on that path with his
tail waving as time dims the current intense feeling of
Thank you Talan for your devoted friendship.. I miss
your cuddles, and proddling paws!! I shall miss calling
your name ...Ta-alan! , to watch your bouncing appearance from
wherever you are, across my knee onto the table and into
the crook of my arm.....
lose a friend .. no easy way ..
Talan .. so gentle, loving, kind.
memories of your last sad days
left tearful echoes in my mind"
special poem is on the next page ...