Frank the Kitten died

UPDATE: See two rounds of added pictures at the bottom.

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It is with the utmost sadness, and tears in my eyes, that I must report that Frank the Kitten died in surgery yesterday. It’s especially sad because we all had great hopes for him, because a CT scan had shown that he had an external liver shunt, which has a 90% probability of a complete fix, and because he was healthy, happy, and had his pre-op shots. Sadly, when they opened him up, they couldn’t find an external shunt, and, after the vet closed him up, he died without regaining consciousness.

I asked readers to donate to him and to his sponsor, the nonprofit charity Feline Friends London, to cover the costs of his operation, and the kind people at this site came up with more than £2000, enough to cover the operation twice over, so every penny of the extra dosh goes to cat rescue. I’m not sure how much, if anything, this unsuccessful operation will cost, but any funds over the cost of the operation will of course go toward rescuing other cats.

I thank you—and I’m sorry and I’m ineffably sad. All of us involved in this, including Frank’s owners, his fosterer, and the head of Feline Friends London, are heartbroken. The only saving grace is that if Frank’s problem wasn’t fixable, he was doomed to a short life of recurrent seizures, and that would have been worse than the peaceful death he had under anesthesia.

So farewell, sweet boy. Here’s a picture of Frank earlier on, and you can see his pre-operation pictures here.

UPDATE:  I’ll add a few photos of Frank’s last days taken by his foster mom before the operation. As you see, he was a lovely and a lively kitten:

This is Frank with his foster mom, Anna, who took care of him over his last days and took him to the veterinary surgeon. It’s her favorite picture of her and Frank:

And another, with Frank posing:

 

104 Comments

  1. Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    How horribly, unbearably sad. He was such a cute kitty, too. I’m typing this thru tears.

    Still, the fact that such an effort was made should be some consolation.

  2. Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    😦 sorry to hear about this, very sad. Much love x

  3. JezGrove
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Very sad news – condolences to everyone who knew and looked after Frank.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    shit, shit, shit. I’m tired of being sad.

    • Katey
      Posted August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Me too. It really wears on you after awhile.

      • Debbrea Alexander
        Posted August 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        RIP FRANK, NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU, HOPE TO ON THE OTHER SIDE ❤❤❤.

  5. Becky
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry. I will make a donation to the charity in his memory.

    • Posted August 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Somebody already donated in Frank’s memory, and the head of FFL saw it and broke down in tears. If anybody wants to follow in donation, by all means do.

  6. Terry
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    How sad. Atleast his death was peaceful.
    May Bastet welcome the little guy.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      +1

  7. Roo
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Oh, poor little Frank! I’m so sorry this turned out to be inoperable.

  8. Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Oh this is terribly sad. Poor little kitty.

  9. Terry Sheldon
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Heartbreaking, but at least the little guy had his chance. That alone makes the donations worthwhile.

    • Moira
      Posted August 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      At least he was in good hands-So bless him & ALL the people who cared for him enough😇I so wish more humans care for animals-who teach us much when we care….Here come the tears again!

  10. DSG
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I know that kitten only through Jerry and this website, and I can’t believe how sad I am when I read this

    —( i’m feeling the same way when I first saw the movie Brian’s song—)-

    What is the easiest way to donate to that place?
    is there a website?

  11. rickflick
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My sympathies to cat and friends. I’d like to take this opportunity to rally support for our devoted veterinarians who work hard to help all the animals brought in to their care. They see a lot illness and death that tears at the heart of everyone around the patients. This takes a toll on the vets and over time can lead to depression and sometimes they leave the profession from the stress. So let’s hear it for the vets! They do a great job, sometimes thanklessly.

    • Laura
      Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Thank you from a vet who needed to hear that.

      • Posted August 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Yes, vets do a great job, our own animals and those we rescue at Feline Friends London are dependent on the care of a good vet. What many may not realise, is that there is a high suicide rate in the veterinary profession, particularly among those who work in private practice alone, where they have no-one else to share decisions with. They also suffer frustration when owners do not wish to go ahead with the full range of treatments an animal may need.

        • Posted August 4, 2019 at 1:00 am | Permalink

          Yes. My nephew wanted to be a vet, but decided he couldn’t take putting down so many animals just because their owners didn’t want to be bothered with treatments.

      • Moira
        Posted August 4, 2019 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

        Blessings to you😇

  12. Karen Fierman
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh, man, UN-make my day! I, too, am writing this thru eyes awash in tears. I can’t take it! There are too many deaths on this blog, Jer! No more! SOOOO sad!

  13. Graham Head
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    All I can do is find solace in the fact that he was spared any further suffering.

  14. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    So it goes, as Uncle Kurt said, a tear in his eye.

    Mine, too.

  15. Debbie Coplan
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I am so so sad to hear about Frank. I am glad we gave it our best.
    Death seems to always catch me off guard and I just don’t know why I never expect it.
    I’m always left devastated, stunned and sad.

  16. Stephanie Mayer
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m very sad. Thanks for bringing Frank’s plight to our attention so we could enjoy the pictures and send him good thoughts (and $!).

  17. Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I have been inconsolable since I learned last night that sweet Frank died. I really grew to love him. I am sobbing as I type.

  18. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Poor Frank. I had a bad feeling when I read about the operation for some reason….perhaps because he’s a small kitten and things like this are always hard on small animals.

    • Saffron Cobra
      Posted August 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Utterly true, Ms Diana, h a r d on weest ones.
      And, as well, grieving … … is h a r d.

      Blue

  19. Nilou Ataie
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear this. Thanks to all who tried to save him.

  20. norm walsh
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Shit. So sad. I’m seeing what a great family you have here Jerry

  21. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Frankie boy – a quality, short loved life.

  22. Posted August 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Rationally, this shouldn’t make me as sad as it just did, but I have tears in my eyes. I think all of us here vicariously adopted Frank. What a sweet kitty.

    Frank’s owners and caregivers should take solace in knowing they made him happy and cared for and loved while he was with them. That’s the best we can do for our animal companions, but it’s a lot.

  23. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I too sit here with tears flowing down my cheeks. Thank you to the vets who worked with him and did their best–and allowed him to die a quiet death. My sympathies to you PCC, to his staff, his foster mom, and everyone else who did their best to make his short life a happy one.
    Agree with others–this is far too many deaths in too short a time. Thank you for continuing to post Grania’s contributions.

  24. sted24
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    “a CT scan had shown that he had an external liver shunt, which has a 90% probability of a complete fix, and because he was healthy, happy, and had his pre-op shots. Sadly, when they opened him up, they couldn’t find an external shunt”

    The 90% probability presumably refers to an external liver shunt being fixed. But what was the probability of the CT scan having got the diagnosis wrong?

    What did go wrong? Or is it wrong to raise questions like this?

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      No, it is right to raise those questions. On the contrary, t would be wrong not to ask them.
      M&M (morbidity and mortality) analyses are a powerful instrument to learn from our mistakes, and prevent similar ones in future.
      I’m sorry, close to shocked, about Frank, since we all thought he was ‘saved’. If we learn from the mistakes made, we can say (I know it is a cliché, but still) he didn’t die in vain.

    • Posted August 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Yes, those questions are being asked; those in charge are going back to the doctor who did the diagnosis from the CT scan.

    • Posted August 3, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      No it is right to ask such questions. I have wondered the same myself. I haven’t seen the CT scan or the interpretation that was given by an expert but Celia Hammond Animal Trust, who agreed to do the surgery for a fee much less than a private vet, had told me the interpretation of the scan was that the shunt was external.

      There is a sad irony in the fact that, had we not gone ahead with this surgery, Frank would still be with us and having good quality of life, as the effects of the shunt, i.e. toxins in the system, were controlled with antibiotics and lactulose. The concern was, how long could this continue.

      • Anna Russell-Knee
        Posted August 4, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

        I really hope we can get to the bottom of what went wrong. ie. who carried out the interpretation of the CT scan, and why the shunt couldn’t be found during the surgery. Although, even if the operation had been a success ie. if the shunt had been located & ligated, it seems that Frank’s tiny body was not able to cope with the anaesthetic in any event, so perhaps he wouldn’t have survived it either way; it’s difficult to know. He was facing some very difficult times ahead, whether we had opted for the surgery or not. Research indicates that if left on medication, his health would have deteriorated and therefore possibly endured suffering. Patients diagnosed with a liver shunt and treated with medication only, don’t live for long, as their symptoms slowly worsen over time. So at least we gave him a chance – and he died peacefully, without pain or suffering. All of that said, what happened is an absolute tragedy, and I miss him sorely. He was the sweetest little guy, and he’s touched the lives of so many people. I was so glad to be a part of his journey, and he’s certainly stolen a piece of my heart. Thanks to everyone for all their kind words, and thanks to Jerry, Barbara, and Celia, for everything x

  25. Malcolm
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Glad that the balance of the contributions will be of help to other cats sad that Frank died At least we gave him a chance.

  26. Cindi Deschane
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh my how sad. I am a kitty person and my babies are very special to myself and my husband Mike. My heart goes out to the owners and the lady taking care of Frank

  27. Steve Gerrard
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Bummer.

  28. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Sad. Thanks for the opportunity to help attempt to save Frank’s life.

  29. Andrea Kenner
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    This is so very sad.

  30. BJ
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing how sad I am about this. I felt so invested (I literally invested in the monetary sense as well). My condolences to Frank’s servants, foster mom, and caretakers at the charity.

    We tried, and that’s the best we can do. Goodbye, Frank.

  31. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I am sad to hear this.

    I am glad that Frank was surrounded by love. That’s something to smile about, in all this, I think.

  32. Heather Hastie
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Like so many, the tears started pouring down my cheeks as I read the news, and haven’t stopped. It’s so desperately sad, especially for the people who were looking forward to him being a part of their lives for years to come.

    One of life’s big questions: why do bad things happen to good cats.

    • Posted August 4, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Me too, Heather. I found about it from FFL (that’s the rescue where we got our cats) Friday night and have been in bits since. Poor Frank 😿

  33. Posted August 3, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Tears for me too. Donation in honor of Frank on the way.

    • Posted August 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks to all of you for donating. The last thing I expected after people donated for Frank was for people to donate in his memory. But I’m immensely touched.

  34. Jim Swetnam
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Damn! Just damn. I’ve lost too many cats now.

  35. Steven in Tokyo
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    If only that tale about nine lives were true! I’ve donated in his memory. Typing through tears.

  36. Hunt
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Very, very sad, but the effort was valuable and worthy, and I take inspiration from that. I consider cats almost sacred animals and try to help them whenever I can. Too many cats live bad lives in this world. Let’s hope for the day they can all live long, happy lives.

    • Posted August 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      I too hope and long for the day when cats – and all animals and good humans – may live long, happy and healthy lives.

      Just one correction to your comment. Cats are not ‘almost sacred’ animals. They ARE sacred animals.

      • Hunt
        Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:53 am | Permalink

        Absolutely. I stand corrected.

  37. Dee
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear this. Poor little kitten.

  38. polly3yr
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    He was just a little scrap of life, really…hardly made a ripple. But he had a profound effect on many of the people who knew him. His was a sweet and humble message: life is precious. Thanks for the reminder, Frank.

  39. Leslie Fish
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry to hear that the sweet little kitten died. At least it was painless, and the money raised in his name will go to help other kittens.

  40. Posted August 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I´m very sorry to hear that. Very sad news.

  41. Posted August 3, 2019 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Terribly sad. But we had to try. I would be sadder if we didn’t try and Frank died. It still was money well spent despite the sad outcome. The awful truth is that the universe does not care what we want.

  42. ginger katz
    Posted August 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh no! So much death around here lately!

    Poor itteh bitteh kitteh Frank. At least he had people who loved him. Many kittehs don’t even have that. They die alone and unmourned on the streets.

    My condolences to all Frank’s loved ones.

  43. silvia planchett
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    We did what we could but the grief is still overwhelming.

  44. John Crisp
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    The world seems a bit of a sad place in any case at the moment, with its better angels apparently working to rule. But somehow an even sadder place with the loss of one little scrap of life. οἴμοι οἴμοι.

  45. Posted August 4, 2019 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear that!

  46. Jan L Hernandez
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Frank was a loving kitten a beautiful face

  47. Katey
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry. Sorry for Frank, for everyone who knew and loved him. I have lost animals unexpectedly in surgery before, and it is devastating, especially when their prognosis was good. But I think now that I am grateful that Frank had so much love and devotion in his short life, while so many cats and other animals don’t have that, no one that tries for them. Sometimes the only thing that can make me happy are the people who do try, who feel compelled to fix the damage other people (or just happenstance) cause.

  48. Robin
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    My tears flow…..

  49. Adam Lehr
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry, Frank, rest in peace. I thank everyone who helped you.

  50. Mary Trowbridge
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    So very sorry for your loss

  51. Julie A Case
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Im soooo sorry..ill ask his spirit to rest…i didnt kno him but i live him..ill have much love for him furr-ever!!! , julie case..johnstown.new york

  52. Jennifer Emerson
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Test in peace, sweet, beautiful boy. It’s very obvious how much you are still loved and I am sure, missed. 😪😿

  53. Clare Walstad
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Rest easy, sweet boy 💔

  54. Linda
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    So sorry. Thank you for all you did..u r an Angel. The world needs more people like you.

  55. Shelley D
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Deep sympathy to Frank’s pet parents . The Loss of a pet is truly heartbreaking. May you find joy in his/your memories and peace in knowing he isn’t suffering 😢tears and love from cat lovers everywhere. 🇨🇦

  56. Martha Sue Taylor
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Good bye baby Frank. I am so sorry you didn’t get better. You are now in Heaven. Peace be with you. You are in GOD’S hands. HE called you home. Such a BEAUTIFUL and sweet soul!

  57. Kristy Buettner
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    So sorry for the loss of Frank! Thankfully he had a great foster mum to care for him! Many blessings to you and yours! R.I.P. Frank the Kitten! You were loved!

  58. Ross
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    So sorry for your loss. He is now being cared for by ST Francis in heaven

  59. Janine Barnshaw
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    RIP Frank💔 I’m so sorry you left this world too soon….may you run free and far thru green fields and open pastures! We LOVE you buddy😻💔❤😻

  60. Rachel Hele-Clarke
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    So sorry for your lost . Such a beautiful picture of you both. Handsome little guy. Heartbroken for you all 💔😢.

  61. Wendy
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    So very very sorry. He is adorable in your pictures.

  62. Ann
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Don’t cry for him because he is right next to you ( in spirit) & just like humans animals ( our babies) DO reincarnate. So, one day Frank will come back to you. So, smile & look for Frank. He’ll be back 😁😊😆😀😃😄🙂☺️…….

  63. Loraine More
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Sorry for ur loss

  64. Tammie
    Posted August 4, 2019 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Sorry for your loss. Poor little guy . He has Angel’s watching over him .

  65. Posted August 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Frank looks so cute and when I read this article it made me up in tears. Frank was a very nice and cute kitten that diserved another chance to live Frank was well respected. R.I.P Frank the kitten😿😺🐈🌹🌹🌹💒🏥🏩

  66. Teresa Blackmon
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful feline and handsome boy. I am sorry for your loss and i know he will be missed greatly. RIP Frank

  67. Robert Wood
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry for your loss, losing such a precious life is not easy. Please take comfort in knowing Frank experienced the greatest gift of all…love.

  68. Gary Sullivan🐾
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Sorry for the lost of a beautiful fellow being. RIP Frank

  69. Debbie Gubala
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I rescue cats and have had many and still have many. They are all precious. And any one, mine or someone else’s who passes breaks my heart…RIP SWEET BABY KITTY. You will not be forgotten…♥️♥️

  70. sara virdi
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    rip little fella. u cud melt anyones heart looking at these. so sorry you have gone. u will b missed by all who cared for you. ur with the angels now and u were too.

  71. Re
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Wat a beautiful boy im so sorry rip baby xoxoxoxo .

  72. Sylvia Pennington
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    How very sad. I am so sorry, but Frank was obviously loved for the duration of his short life. Thank you for being such lovely people.

  73. Dominic
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    😥

  74. Lisa Eastes
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    It breaks my heart! Im so sorry for your loss…Frank was such a handsome boy ♡

  75. Debbrea Alexander
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    RIP FRANK, NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU, BUT I HOPE TO ON THE OTHER SIDE ❤❤❤

  76. Debbrea Alexander
    Posted August 5, 2019 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    RIP FRANK, NEVER GOT TO MEET YOU, HOPE TO ON THE OTHER SIDE ❤❤❤.

  77. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted August 6, 2019 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I just got the news.
    I am so sad.
    I love cats and I loved the thought of this guy.
    I assumed he would be fine, but we know what they about ‘assume’.

    I really hope everything involved in the diagnosis and procedure were properly done, but if not perhaps this worldwide attention will promote extra care.


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