Gandalf started acting weak yesterday afternoon. His belly button had been getting what looked like a bigger scab, but it was not inflamed. Then he didn’t suck well for two feedings in a row, and so I called around and ended up changing a fiddle play-date into a trip to the 24-hour vet. They tidied his belly button and stitched it shut, but admitted it was not a good sign. He got subcutaneous fluids, an antibiotic, and oxygen. He was a little perkier by the time we left, but was fading again by the time we got home. I’ve seen the fluids give them the time to heal if they are able, but he only rallied a little. I did a small tube feeding at 11, and when I checked at 1, he was dead.
I took the others in for a check up today and they’re all doing great. They got some flea poison and I got their shelter names. Blaze is Gallifrey, Greykin is Gipper, Smudge is Gryffendor, Phantom is Godric, and Gandalf was Gandalf. I also got their genders confirmed: Phantom-Godric and Gipper-Greykin are the only females.