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Just lost my old girl

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PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 12:19:10

Posted on here a couple of days ago about what to feed my elderly 18 yr old cat. Sadly this morning I had to take her to the vets and make the heart breaking decision to put her to sleep. She went into chronic heart failure.
The vet said we could try and treat her but it most likely wouldn't be successful. Or take her home and she would take a couple of weeks to die. Or have her put to sleep at the surgery, which was what he recommended. It was a horrible decision and not the ending I wanted for her, it wasn't a particulary peaceful end as she was struggling for breathsad
I know she had a long happy life with us but just feel so sad today, I am very tearful and wish it could have been a better ending. Really I wanted her to go to sleep at home and not wake up but being a typical cat she did it the hard way!
Sorry for long post I just wanted to get it down.

OliviaStabler Sun 17-Jul-16 12:20:40

I am so sorry for your loss flowers

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 12:21:52

Thank you

cozietoesie Sun 17-Jul-16 12:37:36

I'm very sorry. It's a hard thing to lose someone.

Threetoedsloth Sun 17-Jul-16 13:30:04

Ah Posie, so very sad. She'd had a long and happy life with you, and you did right by her. RIP lovely puss.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 13:35:40

Thank you for your lovely postsflowers

OliviaStabler Sun 17-Jul-16 15:00:59

If you think it would help you, feel free to share a photo and / or any stories. flowers

YesItsMeIDontCare Sun 17-Jul-16 15:04:38

I'm so sorry to hear this OP flowers.

It's so hard, but as another MNer said to me when I lost my old boy - just think how amazing her life must have been to have been so loved for so long.

ladylambkin Sun 17-Jul-16 15:05:39

Sorry to hear this. I had to let my old boy go in similar circumstances 14 years ago. Sending lots of love, you know you did the right thing at the right time

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 16:23:47

Thank you. Yes that is a lovely way of looking at it. She was loved and I know she had a happy life. Olivia I would love to tell you a bit about her, thank you.
She had a few near misses in her 18 years but she bounced back each time. She was a tiny little thing, rescued from a horrible environment where she lived in squalor and fed on cheap baked beanssad which was probably why she was so small. We had her from 1 yr old and although very timid at first she became confident and a typical demanding cat!
She used to love sleeping in crazy places, in amongst my boys lego, on top of radiators, tucked in by a pair of smelly trainersconfused and she had a very loud mew for such a small cat! We have a large garden which she spent a lot of time in, most of all she liked waiting in the front garden in a patch of sunshine for us to come home, when she'd trot across the grass mewing loudly! She was a real character. Never ever scratched on purpose but would occasionally bite your toe as she walked past!!
Poor old girl struggling at the end. At least she is at peace now.

OliviaStabler Sun 17-Jul-16 16:36:18

She sounds amazing! What a lovely life she had. She loved you and was loved in return.

My baby boy was ill and struggled at the end. You have to do what is best for them. Like you, I know now he is in peace and I remember all the good times.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 16:40:19

Thank you* Olivia* flowers** for you and everyone who has lost a dear friend. Thank you for listening to me today, it has really helped and I am feeling calmer.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 16:41:05

Random ** don't know where they came from! Have a proper star

KittiesInsane Sun 17-Jul-16 16:47:04

Oh posie, I remember you asking about food just a few days back. Your old girl sounds such a character. (Ours is also teeny but loud - she likes to stand on the stairs and shout.)

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 17:02:01

Thanks kitties aren't they funny things?! I will miss her, and her loud miaow! but I have lots of happy memories.

anoldiebutagoody Sun 17-Jul-16 17:39:57

So sorry flowers it's so hard to make that decision but it really was the kindest thing to do.

GRW Sun 17-Jul-16 17:57:35

I'm so sorry to hear about your lovely old girl. She was obviously a real character and was very much loved. I am sure you will miss her loads, but you know it was for the best and she is at peace now x

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 18:21:20

Thank you. I am overwhelmed by everyone's lovely comments. It has helped a great deal today. We were just chatting with our two DS about our happy memories of her. We are having her individually cremated and will bury the little box of ashes in the front garden where she loved to sleep.

Wolfiefan Sun 17-Jul-16 18:28:56

She sounds like such a character. It may not have been the ending you wanted but I bet she had the life with you she would have chosen. Hang on to those happy memories. They will stay with you forever and may they be a comfort.

Wordsaremything Sun 17-Jul-16 18:42:21

I am so sorry. Losing a beloved friend is so hard. I love what wolfie said, and I agree with every word. Beautifully put.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 18:59:51

Thank you wolfie.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 19:02:50

And thank you words, yes wolfie did put it beautifully, I am hanging on to all your words of kindness.

OliviaStabler Sun 17-Jul-16 19:27:41

Do you have any other cats Posie?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 17-Jul-16 19:29:34

You did the right thing, heartbreaking as it is. We kept one alive longer than we should & I still wish my dad had put his foot down and made DM pts.

You can be proud you did the right thing for her from the moment she was rescued to the final vet visit.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 17-Jul-16 20:25:20

Thank you fluffy sorry to hear that about your old cat but that is also comforting to hear, my DM was reminding me that they kept one of our family cats alive longer than they should have and she did suffer longer than was necessarysad so I am glad that I saved her from that - the vet said I had made the right choice - it was so difficult but I felt I had made the kindest choice. Olivia no other cats, I got her when DH first went off to sea (he used to be in the Navy) she kept me companysmile. DH not so impressed when he got home, but she worked her way into his heart!

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