Tiger Junior from Boise

by Matt
(Boise, Idaho, USA)

Family photo of Milo Tux Tux and T.J. (T.J. is the orange tabby)

Family photo of Milo Tux Tux and T.J. (T.J. is the orange tabby)

One day last August, I noticed that our colony had been blessed with a litter of 6 kittens. I looked in amazement at little T.J. as he was the first orange tabby born to the colony since my triplets.

He looked strikingly like my little girl Tiger. I didn't name him right away as I thought he deserved a special name. When my Tiger passed away the first week of September, I knew he should be named in her honor.

From then on I called him T.J. He spent the first several weeks of his life in the colony with his mama. After that I brought him home to be with his brother Milo who we had caught a few days before.

Milo and T.J. quickly adapted to their forever home and before long had the run of the house. The boys played and played and were best friends. He was such a sweet handsome boy.

When I took him to the doctor for the first time I held my breath as the doctor checked his little heart. I was worried the he would suffer the same heart problems my triplets had suffered from.

Much to my delight he had a strong little heart and he was very healthy. T.J. was a child of redemption for me. I felt like somehow my babies who had died before lived on through him. He was such a perfect sweet boy.

Over the next few months I watched him grow up to be a very handsome kitty. He would always get so excited for his dinner and his breakfast. He was like a little piranha.

Everything was going so well for him and his brother until one day last week he stopped eating and he was not the active little boy we knew and loved. He still came to breakfast and dinner even though he couldn't eat anymore.

I took him back to the doctor and learned he had a very high fever. We thought it most likely was an infection so the doctor aggressively prescribed antibiotics for him.

A couple of days later we learned this hadn't helped and that the hopes for a cure were slim. I made the painful decision to send him to the rainbow bridge. I will miss you little buddy. Daddy loves you and won't forget your Mariners catch when we cross the bridge together.

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Mar 09, 2014
For Tiger II
by: Kitty Grama

Yet another touching tribute from Matt to a kitty. We miss you TJ!

Mar 07, 2014
by: Anonymous

I am sorry for your loss. How wonderful for him to know he was loved even if it was for a short time.

Mar 07, 2014
I'm so sorry
by: Jessica Britton

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know it's hard to lose an animal. I know it hit my parents hard when they had to put their cats down especially one that my mom was very attached to but know in your heart you did the right thing he's not suffering anymore and I'm sure he's grateful of the time and love you and your family had given him.

Mar 07, 2014
by: Debra

I'm so sorry for your loss. It must have been so hard for you to make that decision to send him to the rainbow bridge! Even though our pets that have crossed aren't with us in the flesh, they are forever in our hearts.

You have so much love to give and I pray for that next beloved pet to come along. God bless you for opening your heart to give them a home. TJ will be there waiting for you one day!

Mar 07, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm sorry for your loss, Matt. Thank you for all you do for the kitties. RIP T.J.

Mar 07, 2014
Tiger Junior
by: Patty Powell

So sorry for your loss. Tiger Junior had a good life thanks to you. I know how hard it is to lose one of your babies. I've lost five in the past five years. Be strong. That's what Tiger Junior would want.

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