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    My very old cat took a turn for the worse this week. His name is Smokey, but everyone calls him "Paddles," due to his large paws. I took him to the vet because he was unable to do his business. He didn't care much for the unclogging process. The yowls were echoing all the way down the halls of the surgery.

    His blood work showed his kidneys are failing. As part of his care now, I have to jab a large needle into his scruff and give him fluids. It doesn't seem to bother him at all, but it freaks me right out.

    He's been off his food since the bowel episode, and will only take tiny sips of broth. If he doesn't eat soon, these are probably his last days. I'm not ready for that, even though I know there is no such thing as "ready."

    Thanks for listening.

  • #2
    We are never ready to lose our pets, Dribz was 22years old when we had to have her put to
    sleep and it still hurts, but I have the knowledge of knowing that we gave her all the love
    and more than she needed when she was with us.

    You are braver than me as I couldn't give myself an injection if needed never mind a pet !

    Near the end of Dribz's life we used to feed her pate and paste off of our fingers...had to
    be chicken(her favourite food).

    If and when the time comes...remember the good times !!

    This is part of a post I made when we lost Dribz and I do go and read it occasionally.

    Well the day finally arrived that I said bye to Dribz.....we had her put to sleep
    yesterday afternoon.

    Over the last week she was getting worse and I made the decision that we
    couldn't let her go on this way so with a heavy heart but one full of very
    good memories.

    I made the appointment to release her from suffering !!

    Heartbreaking it was but in a way I knew I was doing the right thing for her !!

    Shes had over 20 years of pampering and I suppose it was that, that has let her
    be with us so long !!

    The memories will always be with me and I will in time be getting another cat !!

    I am looking at it this way....she came, gave joy and also worries but thats
    okay, I
    am wondering now who I can tell my secrets to as she was such a
    good listener !!

    There is nothing anyone can or will say that can make it easy for you to go through the
    loss you are expecting.
    It is hard for me to say much more as I am still feeling the loss of Callie and the way she
    left this world.

    Fill your final days/weeks with him full of lovely memories and photo's that will see you through
    the low times


    • #3
      Thank you for your kindness and words of comfort. I very much appreciate it. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your kitties. I read your posts about them, and found them genuinely moving. I've been through this before, and each carries a unique brand of grief as each cat is unique to him or herself.

      I have many wonderful memories of Paddles to keep. Over the last two years, he developed this odd habit of sleeping on my hair. He'd never done that before. I've become accustomed to waking up with my head immobile, like it's bolted to the bed. (Paddles is quite large. Even old and skinny, he weighs 13 lbs.)

      Unless he woke first and a had a need like breakfast or attention. then he would rap me on the nose with his big paw and loose a siren-like meow directly into my ear canal.

      If I objected to this, I got That Look. You know the one, where kitty has announced what is required and you are utterly gormless.

      He's resting comfortably right now. I am working myself up to doing the needle thing. ::shudder:: The fluids do help, though, which is the only thing that gives me the nerve to do it.

      Thank you again for sharing your stories.


      • #4
        If your cat is dying and needs to be kept comfortable, I think you need to ask yourself why you are keeping him alive. It certainly can't be for the cat's benefit. The kindest thing to do would be to take it to the vet and have it euthanized rather than waiting for it to die. When I had my dog put to sleep recently and the vet could see I was battling with the decision, he said: "Rather do it a day too early, than a day too late." Tough decision, but do what's best for the cat.
        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire


        • #5
          Thank you, Magenta. Your post was very insightful. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog.


          • #6
            Paddles passed quietly this morning at the vet's office. I thank you for the kindness and comfort you've given me during this difficult time.


            • #7
              Precious ones

              Sorry for your loss. We have suffered the loss 4 wonderful cats(Tessio, Apolonia, Roger and Motley) over the last 3 years. They are not cats but extensions of their owners. Our hearts go out to you.
              The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
              John Muir


              • #8
                Originally posted by LisaMos View Post
                Paddles passed quietly this morning at the vet's office. I thank you for the kindness and comfort you've given me during this difficult time.
                Hi Lisa, I'm truly sorry for your loss. It's amazing how these furry creatures can enrich our lives, and how much we miss them when they're gone. I believe you made the right choice and no doubt Paddles felt your loving concern right to the end - animals are very perceptive that way.
                "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire


                • #9
                  Originally posted by LisaMos View Post
                  Paddles passed quietly this morning at the vet's office. I thank you for the kindness and comfort you've given me during this difficult time.

                  Sorry to hear your news but you know deep down the suffering has ended for Paddles.
                  I know you will be hurting like hell now but the hurt will slowly fade and turn to happy memories.

                  If you have brought him home to bury him like I did with my cats it does help in the greiving process.
                  If not you can find a special place and maybe plant a shrub or flowers for him and go talk to it when
                  you feel at a loss.


                  • #10
                    Oh, I am so sorry. But he passed peacefully and you can take comfort in that, I hope. Very sorry. One cat I had also gave up on eating and even drinking water, no matter how special and tempting the food I gave.

                    But you will have good memories. I liked the bit about the cat being bossy about your sleeping and waking. How very true!


                    • #11
                      Thanks for all your kind and comforting words. I just got off the phone with my mother. We traded funny cat stories. She believes tears of laughter heal grief better than tears of sadness. (She's always been smarter than me, but don't tell her I said that

                      I remembered that Paddles would not allow me to wear ear plugs of any kind. I used to use them to sleep because it was noisy outside our apartment in the mornings.

                      He would snuffle loudly at my ear, and pluck the ear plug out with his teeth. When I rolled over, he'd get the other one. Then he'd take them in the kitchen and bat them under the fridge so I couldn't get them back.

                      He relieved me of a dozen pairs before I gave up trying. His reason for doing that was unknowable, due to the inscrutability of cats, but I still wonder why no ear plugs were allowed.

                      Thank you again.