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I Put My Cat To Sleep Today


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#1 emcmaster

 
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:15 PM

It was by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

My kitty is about 14 and had been "sick" for a while with renal failure but wasn't having too many problems. Her quality of life was still really good. I noticed about a month ago that she looked like she'd lost some weight and was sleeping a lot more and generally acting like she wasn't feeling great, so 1-1/2 weeks ago, I took her to the vet. She'd lost 5 lbs since August and her blood work showed the disease had progressed greatly.

Last weekend she stopped eating and drinking. My husband called the vet yesterday and she told him that frankly she was surprised she lasted this long based on her blood work a week and a half ago.

We took her in this morning and I held her while they put her to sleep.

I'm having a really hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that 2 weeks ago, she was doing OK. Today, she's gone. When the vet told us her blood work wasn't good, I thought we had a few months, not what amounted to a few days.

I miss her so much and it's only been 8 hours.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:31 PM

I am so sorry. I've had to put several cats to sleep and it never really gets easier. I still go between being thankful that I had them in my life, and being unhappy that they are no longer with me.

I wish I had helpful words, but I can only say {HUGS}. And thank you for sharing your life for a little while with a small, furred, bundle of love.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:48 PM

Elizabeth,

I'm so sorry :( (warm hug)

We lost a cat to renal failure years ago--he also declined very quickly and we made the decision to end his suffering. It's so difficult, especially with it all being so quick--but remember that you gave him a full, happy life and loved him :)

My kitty is 17, arthritic, and has lost weight in the last year. He's still eating, drinking and grooming himself, but is definately showing his age. At this point, we're keeping him comfortable and watching carefully.

Take care.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:59 PM

Elizabeth - I'm so sorry. Jess is right...that bundle of love was so lucky to have been loved by YOU.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:30 PM

I am sorry about your kittykins. It will hurt for awhile, I know.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:45 PM

((((HUGS))))))
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

Thank you everyone so much for the support. I really, really appreciate it.

We don't have children so she was our baby. Spoiled beyond belief. But she was the best cat you could ask for. :)
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

Elizabeth, I, too, have been down that road. It is a difficult journey, but your life and the cat's life were both better because of the love you shared.

{{{HUGS}}} to you in this difficult time.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:29 PM

How lucky for you to have had her for so long. :) Without knowing the heartache, we would never know the love. It gets better E....hugs to you.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:38 PM

I'm sorry. (((hugs)))

We experienced something similar with our kitty. We tried to get her better but it just didn't work. Your kitty was lucky to have you!
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:10 PM

We had to put a cat down a few years ago. I held him during the process. It is SO hard. His health took a nosedive fast just like your cat's did.

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{{{hugs from me, too}}}

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:12 AM

((HUGS))
I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:18 AM

Oh, I so feel your pain, and I am so sorry.

I put my beautiful Himalayan down at age 14.....at that point it was the hardest thing I'd ever done. She was such an amazing and irreplaceable cat that I went and got a dog, a month later. Had that dog for 14 years and put her down just over a year ago. Unbelievably hard on me, and on my Annie dog.

We are so blessed to have had those beauties in our lives and.....it is just so awful that we know we will lose them at some time. :(

So - I just got a kitten for my dog Annie, and they are so in love with each other. :wub:

It amazes me that our hearts, who have loved these animals beyond belief (I have no children either) can open up and love so deeply all over again. :)

Many hugs to you.
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:22 PM

I am so sorry you have lost your furry companion. We do miss them so because they become such a big part of our lives. Warm hugs to you.
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 02:42 PM

Just wanted to say I am so sorry. I can still cry about my first cat Popcorn and that was over 10 years ago. They truly are our fur babies.

Your kitty was lucky to have you and a wonderful life!
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