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Qbert Calcifer Snugglehunter

Qbert was born August 23, 2014.  I started watching his litter on Christine's kitten cam.  I initially went over to meet Qbert's brother, a floofy polydactyl boy.  Then Qbert climbed up onto my chest and purred his way into my heart.  He has brought so much joy to our household since we adopted him December 6, 2014.

On July 18, 2015, I came home from a trip and noticed that he was breathing really hard.  I assumed it was the heat (I wanted to pant with the heat!) and kept an eye on him.  Over the next few days, he would randomly start breathing hard again.  By the 23rd, several other small things all combined to trigger my "something's not right" radar and I took him into the vet.  They did a chest x-ray and found out he had fluid in his lungs.  On the 28th, Qbert had an echocardiogram and we discovered that he has Hyptertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) which is where the heart wall muscles thicken and can't pump blood properly.  Additionally, he had developed congestive heart failure because the heart wasn't pumping enough blood and the fluid had gone into his lungs.

We tried to stabalize him, but, after a month and a half, the vet was pretty sure that the best we could hope for was a roller coaster ride of good and bad.  We deicded to move Qbert to more of a hospice style care on September 8.  We decided to let Qbert go on Sep 16.  It was a heartbreaking decision, but we didn't want to wait until his every day was a misery before letting him go.  

This is his photobook, mostly full of good times and cute poses.  This is the way I want to remember my baby.