I got a very tragic email today from a friend…
Enzo, our nine-month old Aby/Egyptian Mau mix, had to be put down today due to FIP. Really so insidious and fast-acting. Unreal. I was thinking about you and Gun-Hee, and I just wanted to… I don’t know, really. I guess just wanted to hug you, is all.
FIP is terrible. It’s a genetic disease, and Abys seem to be somewhat more prone to it because they’re more genetically similar than other breeds (Cheetahs, also, are susceptible to FIP; all cheetahs are over 90% related to every other cheetah). Almost all Abys can trace back to the original Abyssinians that founded the breed back in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s in England; the breed almost died out during WWII because of the bombings Britain was subjected to and was saved when cats were sent back to England from the US and Canada…which had gotten Abys from England in the first place only forty or fewer years earlier. There’s a reason Abys were chosen to map the feline genome: they’re genetically homogenous.
Gun-Hee and his brother Rusty (Jacoby’s half brothers by their father) both were diagnosed with FIP within days of each other in June, 2008. I posted a lot about it here, but there were some photos I never posted. In memory of Gun-Hee, Rusty and Enzo…This is Gun-Hee on June 25, 2008, three days before he died. He wasn’t even two years old.
This was the last time we went outside together.