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When a kitten dies

Sometimes, despite your best efforts and care, a kitten will die. Whether it be FKS (Fading Kitten Syndrome) or an unseen problem with the kitten's internal organs or disease, it is always difficult to lose a kitten that you may have bonded closely with. It can be a very distressing time for you but you can take comfort in the knowledge that you did all you could and your kitten's last days or weeks were spent in the care of you, a person who loved and cared for him.

Fading Kitten Syndrome: We compare this to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Suddenly a kitten that appears to be healthy begins to fade. No matter what measures are enacted to save this fragile being, it slips away and you are left with so many questions and an ache in your heart. Did you do the right thing? Could you have prevented this needless death? Chances are you did everything humanely possible to save this kitten. Perhaps the kitten was robbed early on of that first critical period where momís colostrom could have saved him. You will never know.

Experienced cat rescuers, and even cat breeders have all encountered this devastating occurrence. There is nothing anyone can do to stop it; only love the kitten while he is among the living and mourn him in his passing.

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