RIP Milo

I hate to have to do a post like this, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get peace of mind until I do.  Last week, we took in a trio of foster kitties — Trixie, Milo and Bailey — to care for until we can find them a good home.  Trixie and Milo are pictured below: two beautiful Siamese kittens.

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We’ve been keeping them in a separate room to protect them from household dangers as well as to gradually introduce them to our other cats.

Last night, I went up to check on them to find that Milo had caught his head in a hole in a cat “pop-up” tent and had passed away.  It was a freak accident that nobody could have foreseen, though already others in our rescue group are disposing of similar tents.

I rushed Milo to the emergency vet’s office, but it was too late to save him.  I am completely devastated by this — Milo was a loving, sweet kitten who I loved dearly even though I had only known him for a week.

It was inevitable that I would feel guilty about this, though I couldn’t watch the kittens continuously all day long and he almost certainly passed away very quickly.  I’m trying to focus on the good home we gave him for the short time he was with us, as he and his siblings were originally slated to be put down at animal control.  I am also trying to focus on Trixie and Bailey, who are also wonderful cats who are very happy to be with us, and will make sure that they get the forever home they deserve.

RIP Milo: you will be missed.

Update: If anyone feels like making a donation in Milo’s memory, we work with the rescue group S.O.S. Feline Rescue.

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15 Responses to RIP Milo

  1. I’m sorry to hear about this. It’s always hard to lose someone like that.

  2. mikemonaco says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. You are right to focus on the fact that you gave him a good home when his alternative was being put down and saved the others.

  3. katiedid says:

    It is so hard to deal with death anyway but freak accidents are very tough. You’re right that you did everything you could and are not to blame. Letting others know about the danger posed by the tents is a great idea. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was indeed a cute little kitty.

  4. Peggy Bennett says:

    So sorry for your loss. That is always so hard. Could you post a picture of the pop up tent so we know what to stay away from? I want to make sure I don’t get that item, as I’m getting a new kitten soon. Thank you!

    • Thank you. I don’t have a picture of the tent (it was immediately thrown in the trash), but I think any flat tent that can be packed flat and is made rigid with wires that make the tent “pop up” is a risk. As one of the rescue group workers pointed out, a paper bag (with any handles removed) is actually one of the best and safest tents that one can get for a cat.

      • Peggy Bennett says:

        Thank you for that info. I will be sure to stay away from those and stick to paper bags when I get my kitten!

      • I still can’t believe that it happened at all. The tent was so lightweight and of weak material that it must have been incredibly bad fortune for Milo to get stuck in it like he did.

  5. I am moved to tears by this myself, so I can imagine what you and your wife are going through. But, as you are doing, please focus on all the good things that have come from this for Milo and the remaining foster kitties. You gave them great homes and did everything that you could have foreseeably done to keep them safe. I am so happy they were all able to experience such a loving home, even if it was briefly in Milo’s case. Be well.

  6. Janet Szabo says:

    Before we got Chester (our long-lamented Chesapeake), we had gotten another puppy from that same litter. We had him one night. I came down very early one morning and let him out to do his business. He seemed perfectly fine. I brought him back in and put him back in the dog crate and went back to bed. When I came back a few hours later, I found a dead puppy. The vet couldn’t tell us what had happened to him. It’s devastating.

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