Farewell to B-B & Other News

B-B sadly had to be put to sleep due to a sudden illness last month, but his siblings are still doing well. We had a good day out at the Scottish show, and are starting to make plans for this year’s litters.

Farewell to B-B

Beautiful B-B
Beautiful B-B aged 15 weeks

The latter part of January was pretty horrendous, with B-B being very ill.  Initially the vets thought he had FIP, so couldn’t give him any treatment.  Then we had tests done, which came back negative, so they thought it must have been some sort of bacterial vasculitis, and began treatment.  Unfortunately, by the time we started this, the vasculitis had already damaged his kidneys, so we had to have him put to sleep after they failed suddenly.

B-B aged 1 day
B-B aged 1 day

B-B aged 10 days
B-B aged 10 days

B-B aged 2 weeks
B-B aged 2 weeks

B-B aged 4 weeks
B-B aged 4 weeks

We were obviously still nervous about FIP, so have had the lab in Edinburgh conduct a necropsy on him.  At present, we are still waiting for the results of the histopathology tests, but the internal examination found none of the granulomatous legions that characterise FIP, making it unlikely that this is what killed him.  We should get the rest of the results next week.

B-B aged 4 weeks
B-B aged 4 weeks

B-B aged 6 weeks
B-B aged 6 weeks

B-B aged 8 weeks
B-B aged 8 weeks

B-B aged 9 weeks
B-B aged 9 weeks

I am absolutely devastated, and can’t believe our beautiful B-B is gone.  He was the first of Dàrna’s partial-breach kittens, so I had to literally pull him into this world, and I stroked his little head as he left it again.  He was an early favourite of ours, both because he was so stunning, and because he was the first of the litter to really have a definite personality.  We named him weeks before any of the others, because he suited his name so well – he always was a little imp, right to the end.  He used to sit on top of us at night, and purred constantly.

B-B at Christmas aged 10 weeks
B-B at Christmas aged 10 weeks

B-B at Christmas aged 10 weeks
B-B at Christmas aged 10 weeks

B-B aged 3 months
B-B aged 3 months

B-B aged 3 months
B-B aged 3 months

RIP wee man.  We miss you.

The boys aged 3 months
The boys aged 3 months (B-B on the right)

The litter aged 3 months
The litter aged 3 months (B-B at the back)

B-B aged 15 weeks
B-B aged 15 weeks

B-B with three siblings aged 15 weeks
B-B with three siblings aged 15 weeks

Scottish Show

We entered the Scottish show a couple of months ago, and I was booked to steward for John Trotter.  Added to that, Lona had entered Tabh (who is now well settled in his new home), and Fiona had entered Alek in the pedigree pet section.  A few weeks ago, we thought that we wouldn’t be able to attend the show due to B-B’s illness, but with B-B gone, we realised that there was no point moping around the house missing him.  I was hoped that John wouldn’t have lots of chocolate Burmese, though, because that would have been too much.

We had Fiona in the kitten class, Xaria going for her 5th (and final) Imperial, and Ali entered in the regional final of the Royal Canin Stakes.  The judges were again impressed with Fiona, saying that she was very Burmese in type, and she won Best of Breed.  She then topped her day off by receiving a nomination for Best in Show – since each judge was only allowed to nominate one cat from the section, that’s pretty good going!

Fiona relaxing in her pen at the Scottish show 2011
Fiona relaxing in her pen with her Best of Breed and 1st rosettes

Fiona playing with her Best in Show nomination card
Fiona playing with her Best In Show nomination card

Xaria did us proud by winning the Imperial, making her now officially Imperial Grand Premier!

Xaria examining her Imperial certificate at the Scottish show 2011
Xaria examining her Imperial certificate

Xaria sitting with her rosettes and certificate
Xaria looking beautiful with her rosettes and certificate

Ali was third in the Royal Canin final,winning us £20, and also won the heat to qualify for next year’s final, giving us another £16, so he has once again more than paid for his own show entry.  The moggies are good at that!

Ali's rosette-covered pen
Ali's rosette-covered pen

Ali in his pen with some of his rosettes
Ali in his pen

Tabh was his usual adorable self, taking the whole experience in his stride once again.  As before, the judges said that he is an attractive boy, though not the best Tiffanie, type-wise, but has a fantastic temperament.  The was Alek’s first show, and he was a bit nervous initially, and spent most of the day scowling grumpily.  He did well, though, and looked absolutely gorgeous!

Alek lying in his show pen
Alek scowling in his pen, and looking beautiful

I had a good day stewarding for John, with some lovely cats to handle, including having Fiona and Tabh in one of the side classes.  My favourite (apart from those two, of course!), was a lilac Burmese kitten, who had the lovely impish face and beautiful eye set – her ears are still a bit big at the moment, but hopefully she will grow into those as she gets older, in which case she’ll be a stunning adult.  John was very pleasant, and at the end of the day, he signed my first official stewarding certificate – I have finally joined the stewarding scheme, after months of people saying I should!

Other News

Anita took Keela to a Felis Brittanica (FIFé) show at the end of January, and she won Best in Show!  Not a bad show start for Dàrna’s first litter, to have two of the girls win Best in Show at their first outings.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if that continued?!

Keela being judged at the FB show
Keela being judged at the FB show

Keela with her FB awards
Keela with her rosettes and cup

Katie and Kia are both calling almost constantly now, so I’m hoping to take the two of them to stud early next month, which would give us kittens around the middle of May.  Hopefully we will finally get a chance to just enjoy a litter grow up and leave us without problems!  Since we’ve had an issue with B-B being ill, I’m waiting for a couple of test results back on the girls first, before we take them, just to make sure there are no lurking problems that we could pass on to the studs.

Wish us luck!

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