Feline Friend of Kat Von D Dies in House Fire

by Patrick Mahaney on November 24, 2010

It is always hard to lose a loved one, especially when the loss is sudden and tragic.  My condolences go out to TLC reality show “LA Ink” star Kat Von D for the loss of her cat, Valentine, who died when Von D’s California home was destroyed by a fire.
I read the report of Valentine’s death in the New York Post and felt my pulse quicken as I realized that Valentine had recently been a patient of mine.  When Valentine was brought in for emergency treatment, I had no direct interaction with Von D, as she was traveling to promote her new book, “The Tattoo Chronicles.”  Her very pleasant assistant was my primary contact, so I also extend my condolences to him and all others involved in Valentine’s care.

 Photo of Valentine Kat Von D Blue Elizabethan Collar CPN Watermark
I recall Valentine as a sweet, cuddly, Sphinx cat very amenable to examination and treatment.  As Valentine’s treatment required intravenous fluids, she needed to be dissuaded from licking the catheter with an Elizabethan collar.  In Valentine’s case, the “e collar” made her look like a big, wrinkly, blue and black flower. 

Valentine’s death brings to mind my need to further spread the word of pet fire safety.  A few months back, Ricki Lake lost her home, but all family members, including her dog, escaped and survived (see Ricki Lake Fire Tragedy Teaches Lessons in Pet Emergency Preparedness).
Surely, Von D and her staff will feel great emotional loss and need time to properly grieve Valentine’s death.  To help pet owners through the grieving process, I featured the guest blog “Grieving the Loss of Your Pet” from Dogtime on Patrick’s blog (my veterinary blog), which contains helpful suggestions for anyone dealing with the death of a beloved pet.
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