Kikki – Update – IOTW Report

Kikki – Update


Thank you all so very much for your kind words, get well wishes and healing prayers for my beloved Kikki. Yesterday at 10:00 a.m. he suffered a stroke and subsequently passed away at 2:00 p.m. He died at home, by the fireplace he adored, in my arms, and with Sweetpea by his side. We are devastated. The light has gone out of our life. – LaBonBon


LaBonBon doesn’t know that I am doing this. I trust that it is okay to do so.


A pall of sadness has settled over Bon Bon Acres. Our heart and soul is seriously ill. Kikki, our beloved Main Coon cat, was given a preliminary diagnosis of terminal spleen cancer on Tuesday. He has an appointment on February 4th with a specialist from the University of Minnesota. We are praying the diagnosis is wrong.

A friend to everyone—dogs, other cats, birds, humans—Kikki has brought friendship, joy and unconditional love to all he has encountered. With a heart so pure and kind and selfless, he is a model for all that is good and right and Godly. If I could be half the “person” he is I would consider my life a success. The world is a far better place with Kikki in it.

Healing prayers are deeply appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

La Bon Bon

50 Comments on Kikki – Update

  1. Never has one person had such a companion as a Maine Coon. Everyone else is chopped liver, but if you are lucky enough to be chosen by a Maine Coon you have been blessed.

    We lost our cross Manx- Maine Coon (barnyard cat) about 5 years ago. Still miss her even though I wasn’t the subject of her affection.

    I know the hole it leaves losing yours.

  2. Main Coon’s are such great cats. They are pretty much the cat for the dog person 😉

    Acai berries can do wonders, if you can find them frozen and get him to eat them. My folks had a German Shepard that was diagnosed with liver cancer when he was 11. The started mixing the Acai in his food, and though there was no miraculous recovery, the cancer did go into complete remission. He died of old age at 18.

    Wishing you the best of luck!!!


  3. Big Fur – I will pray for Kiki and instruct my baby, Mr. Higgins, to do the same.

    This will be no problem since I think of you every day when I open up my drawer and see my custom art tote, Molon Labe, comfortably encasing my Colt next to my bedside. You are truly talented.

  4. My heart aches for you and your feline companion. The pain can only be lessened with the memories of so many years of love and affection between you and Kikki. May the diagnosis be wrong and his health restored.

  5. Prayers going up for you, La Bon Bon, and especially Kikki.

    The old stray barn cat who adopted us thirteen years ago and is currently languishing in the dog’s bed (and vice versa) could write a book on that “nine lives” thing.
    All the best. We’re rootin’ for ya.

  6. La Bob Bon, My heart weeps for you. I pray that further testing is good news.

    Ivan was a Main Coon mix and for all my 60+ years with cats, he was the hardest to lose.

    May you have many more loving years to spend with Kikki.

  7. So sorry. It’s hard to see a loyal friend suffering. I had to put down my Kikki last year. 18 years old – had kitty Alzheimer’s. She trucked with me for almost half a million miles and then was a constant companion for my wife as she went through her last days in 2005. We have other kitties, but Kikki was 100% my cat.

  8. Prayers going out from Auntie Yonkerrs, Mindy, and Sasha for the Kikster’s health.

    One of my favorite cats was a one-eyed Maine Coon named Cyclops (duh). These cats are a special, sweet breed.

  9. Very sorry to hear that, but can’t the spleen be removed? My dad lost his spleen due to a horse launch accident. He’s 83 now and claims it wasn’t needed anyhow….

  10. Lots of prayers for Bon Bon and Kikki.

    My main coon traveled to the rainbow bridge (no, Felix was not gay) about five years ago…he was the sweetest 25 lb bundle of love I have ever known.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  11. Thank you so very very much, BFH! And thanks to all of you kind-hearted souls! This sort of support means the world to us!

    Sarthurk–we will know more after Tuesday when Kikki is seen by the specialist.

    Love, Blessings and sincerest thanks to all!

  12. LaBonBon – I like what Corky said…may this be a bad diagnosis. Either way – prayers sent to Kikki and you.

    The Maine Coon Cat is my favorite cat.

  13. All things bright and beautiful,
    All creatures great and small,
    All things wise and wonderful,
    The Lord God made them all.


  14. Dear BigFurHat: Sending prayers and love Kikki’s way, hoping the prognosis was wrong and that your kitty will bounce right back. God bless all.

  15. Oh this makes me sad. I hate to see animals suffer and it’s so painful when they are your own. I’ll send some good thoughts and wish for healing of your cat.

  16. @LaBonBon – I will pray for your family and for your precious kitty. God gave us our companion animals to enrich our lives and to learn what unconditional love is. I believe He hears our prayers for these little ones.

  17. @LaBonBon -sending you thoughts and prayers that Kikki has a good result from the tests ahead. I lost a kitty to cancer (Haggis) and the support of all the great people on iOTW sure helped. So good news or bad we are thinking of you and your kitty. ((Hug))

  18. @LaBonBon — We have a Maine Coon – 22 lbs. Adopted him from a rescue group when he was 3 and Sophie was 6. Sophie was my heart and soul, but left us when she was 10.

    Teddy understood the pain in my heart and “adopted” me after Sophie was gone. He’s laying in my lap right now.

    My heart breaks for you.

    And I am praying for Kikki.

  19. You are all so wonderful and have lifted my sagging spirits. I am saving (screen shots) all of your well wishes. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to each one of you for caring. Love and blessings, always.

  20. Other Mike–thank you for the tip regarding Acai berries. It’s certainly worth a try. Tomorrow I am going to start researching other homeopathic and/or natural treatments for feline cancer.

  21. @LaBonBon It took me a day to finally remember what I gave Haggis to boost his immune system. He had oral squalmous carcinoma. The vet operated and gave him at most 2-4 months to live before the tumor returned.

    I read some boards and many people were talking about Transfer Factor. You can buy it online- It’s by 4Life, Transfer Factor for Cats.

    I gave it to Haggis and he lived 3 more happy years. I think it helped but you never know with these things. Just thought I should let you know. 🙂

  22. Thank you, dear friends, your support and prayers have meant the world.

    illustr8r–I tried the Transfer Factor and would heartily endorse it. Unfortunately, my Kikki was just too frail. He had the kind of cancer that ate away his body. His tiny, fragile body just couldn’t handle the war that was waging inside.

  23. My heart is broken for you, LaBonBon.

    You won’t feel it now, but eventually you will be able to appreciate his passing at home. Knowing that he was surrounded by love will help you to heal…a little bit.

    Cry as much as you want.

  24. LaBonBon—

    I am so very sorry to hear about Kikki. Your words are full of pain and grieving. Please know that many thoughts and prayers are surrounding and upholding you right now.

    One thing I know for sure: the sad memories will fade over time, but the good memories will shine brighter and stay with you always.

  25. La Bon Bon — I know how you felt when you held Kikki in your arms as he passed. I did the same for my Hazel. My wife wouldn’t go with me to the vet. So I held Hazel as she passed. I’m crying as I write this and I cried all the way home from the vet.

    I have known people that just had their beloved cat disappear and they never knew what happened. It is so much more difficult, but so much better, to have them pass while in your arms. They know they are safe there and are loved there. And that is the greatest gift we share with our pets — our love and a safe haven.

    I am listening to the theme to Somewhere in Time while writing this. And I’m looking at a photo of my kitty cat Hazel who graces my desktop. I’m sure those are what has brought me to tears.

    My condolences, La Bon Bon. Kikki was a very lucky cat to have you.

  26. I’m so sorry for your loss, LaBonBon. Our furry babies just do not get to stick around nearly long enough.

  27. So sorry for your loss. Brought a tear to my eyes as I read this while listening to the beautiful rendition of Taps.

  28. We’ll pray for your aching heart to be comforted.

    Your Kikki sounds like my Kelso, a Flame Point Siamese who was also everyone’s friend, especially mine after my wife passed. His mother was feral and he was about half wild, but it seemed whenever I was feeling lowest, he would curl up on my lap and spend hours there. All our other kitties barely tolerated each other, but they all liked Kelso and wanted to be his buddy. Some cat-hating bastard ran over him. I hope there’s a special place in HELL for that guy.

  29. Very sorry to hear of Kikki’s passing. Treasure your memories and know that you’ll see him again down the road.

  30. I could never express how much these comments and words of support have meant to me. My family is all dead so my only support network is my friends. Thanks to all in this wonderful community who have reached out to me. Through your kindness, you have helped me hang on to my sanity during a five-week nightmare.

    And thank you, BFH, for making this possible. You are a prince among men.

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