#1 here. This is the month when we think back on the loss of our Sen-Chan whose full name was "Sengikumaru." In January of 2009, we lost the founding pussycat of the Poupounette, the original "Poupounet", Sen-Chan. He died of FeLV at the age of 18 months. I had gone to a breeder after losing Ikkyu, my first cat, in the summer of 2007. This kitten climbed up my arm and snuggled under my neck. He was a mess with a bad cold and gunky eyes, but he seemed so desperate to come home with me that he did, a few days later. I immediately took him to the vet and we started him on treatment. He got better very slowly. He was an absolute sweetheart and when Tommy came along, just a little while later, he welcomed him with open paws.
Sen-Chan, just after he came home:
He simply adored his bunny:
And his brother Tommy:
Sen-Chan also had the cutest pink pawpads ever:
We celebrated his first birthday on July 9, 2008. It was to be his only birthday:
Sen-Chan was sick a lot with respiratory and eye infections, but he never let that stop him. He loved to go outside to play with Tommy and "Auntie" Madrac, TOWCB Fernant:
Sen-Chan, with help from Tommy, started blogging at the end of 2008. He remains the guiding spirit for The Poupounette.
On January 2, 2009, whilst I was away in England for my nephew's wedding, he became gravely ill and was taken by my house-sitters to the vet where he died very quickly in Dr. C's arms. A test showed he had FeLV. His breeder did not believe in a proper vaccination protocol for his cats. Sen-Chan paid the price. He was buried in the garden here, along with his favourite bunny.
We know you are waiting for all of us at the Bridge, sweet "Poupounet", and we think of you often, running free in green grass, under the sunshine...
Sen-Chan - Forever Loved