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What I Learned From My Senior Cat in His Final Months

Offbeat  (tags: animals, pets, environment, protection, death, cats )

- 1984 days ago -
The hardest part of life with our beloved cats is that we will have to let them go. Inevitably, we (usually) outlive our companion animals. Nothing about this process gets easier -- I've been through it many times and each time has been different,

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Lisa N (207)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:46 am
Thank you for posting this Cher!

Julie E (405)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 10:35 am
Wow, Jamie was 21 years old. Thanks Cher.

Thomas P (280)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 10:50 am
Noted...what a great story! Thanks Cher.

Christeen A (371)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:01 am
Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us.

Robert B (60)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:12 am
We've lost seven cats over the years, all from old age. Each one was a real character and each one broke our hearts when they passed. But we were happy to have given each a wonderful and happy life. Each one was a stray rescued from a short and hard life. They loved us and we loved them. A complete circle of life and love. Animals are truly special.

michelle t (41)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:59 pm
Very sad.Pets are loving members of the family100%

M B (62)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 2:01 pm
My tomcat was 20 when he died, he raised his sisters, and got on well with our dachshund.

. (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:12 pm
I remember the day my Spanky, who, aside from going to the litter box, would curl up on his favorite place on an area rug and I laid down along side him. As I petted him, there was no question, he wanted to go; I was waiting for the sign, and his face gave it to me..I put him down the next day.
I carry this over to human beings. My father knew when it was time to go, and I was there with him as well.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:12 pm
I could so identify with this story. The cat pictured above my name is Cheyanne. I had him for 18 years and he was at least 2 years old when I got him. At age 15, he had chronic ear infections. I had him into the vet at least twice a week and we just couldn't get the infection stopped. I finally took him to a specialist and they did a CAT scan and found cancer in his inner ear. I opt'ed to spend the money for surgery to remove the cancer, even though the specialist said, he's getting old and may not survive the surgery. What the Vet didn't tell me, or if he did, I didn't hear him say it, that usually after a surgery like this, the feline will only live anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. I had hope for Cheyanne and he had a will to live, and he lived another 3 years after his surgery. My vet thought that he may have been the longest living cat after that type of surgery. During those 3 years, I was so grateful for everyday I had with him. I have never regreted spending some of my retirement money on him. When he wasn't there to meet me at the door when I got home from work, my heart sunk, and I would go looking for him. The older he got, the more his automatic clock got off, so it started to happen more often. During his last month, I would mix water into his wet food so he would get more liquid. Even took him to the vet 2 - 3 times a week, so they could give him fluids from an IV. Neither Cheyanne nor I were ready to give up on him, but finally his kidneys gave out, and as hard as he tried to carry on, his body was worn out and he couldn't stand or do anything. It was so hard to let him go but he had a good life and I would never be able to repay him for what he did for me. He was my best friend. How do you say goodbye to your best friend? I had him cremated because if I moved, I didn't want him left behind. I always want him with me.

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:40 pm
Thank you for posting this and being such a wonderful "Momma Cat." I went through it twice last year. I loved them to pieces and still miss them.

Michelle K (3)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:52 pm
A wonderful story for a cat very much loved.

Carol H (229)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:00 am
sadly noted, thanks Cher

Ruth C (87)
Friday January 18, 2013, 6:31 am
I know what its like to lose someone you love, I have been down that road many times, and its never an easy road.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday January 18, 2013, 9:42 am
TY for posting Cher. I've also had many, many cats and still have 6. The connection with each has been deep and precious and letting go when it was their time has been very hard. Each one of them has helped me be a better person.

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:32 am

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:32 am
Gave me something to think about.

Lori Udenberg (3)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:56 pm
Just like humans animals deserve to spend their finally days doing as they please even if it is something that you normally would do such as how letting them outside supervised.You will never regret indulging them but you will if you don't.

Karin de Vos (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 1:53 pm
Thsnx for sharing Cher.

Valentina M (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:41 pm
Thanks for this beautiful story.
I remember the day that my cat left me.. heartbreaking! I still wondering if I had could do it more for him but one thing is for sure.. I gave him all my love and I know he felt it.
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