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I have to take my cat to be euthanised tomorrow.

19 replies

LetThereBeRock · 11/10/2011 20:47

He's 14,he has a thyroid problem,and has been fading for a week or so now. The vet gave him antibiotics and 2 steroid injections for what could be an infection or possibly tumour,leaning towards tumour now,though the endoscopy revealed nothing,but it's obviously further up.

He's barely eating now,and seems to have difficulty when he does eat. A few days ago he was eating heartily,but he's really deteriorated over the last few days,and has lost a lot of weight.

Before he was the most affectionate cat you could imagine,but now he just wants to lie around and not be bothered.

I know there's nothing more they can do for him,certainly not at his age,and I'm going to have to let him go.

I've had him since he was 2 weeks old,we rescued him,his siblings,mother and father,who were all strays,and his sister had to be euthanised for the same thing 3 years ago.

There's always been a cat around since I was born,often several, as we've always rescued cats and raised stray kittens,and now tomorrow for the first time in my 27 years I'll be sans a cat. I have my dog,but I'm going to miss him so much. He's such a good natured cat.

I'm hoping they'll take and arrange disposal of the catbox as I don't want to return with it empty.

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purpleknittingmum · 11/10/2011 20:49

Oh no :( (((big hugs)))

CharlotteBronteSaurus · 11/10/2011 20:49

so sorry to hear this.
i hope you have a lovely cuddly evening together.

Effjay · 11/10/2011 20:53

Oh, I sympathise. Your poor thing.

It really does sound like it is the best for him. Be very proud that you've given him a lovely home these years and he's had a lovely life.

My dear cat is 14 and going fairly strong, but I know her time will come. In 14 years, she's been my companion through a lot of life changes - meeting DH, marriage, job relocation, 2 kids, etc. 14 years is a long time.

I've often wondered about those pet funerals as we'll want to say goodbye to her and the kids will miss her horribly (but I bet they're expensive).

SecretNutellaFix · 11/10/2011 20:54

I'm so sorry. The making of the decision is heart breaking. I hope you have a wonderful cuddly evening with him- he knows he is loved, and it would be wrong to keep him going "just for one more week", then "just another couple of days".

RandomMess · 11/10/2011 20:55
LetThereBeRock · 11/10/2011 21:01

Thankyou all for the support,and kind thoughts. It means a lot to me.

His name is Buttons. Not that anyone needs to know that,but for some reason I feel like I want to list it here.

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posey · 11/10/2011 21:12

So so sorry to hear this. What a very hard thing to have to go through. I will think of you tomorrow Sad

Angelico · 11/10/2011 21:13

Very sorry to hear that :-( It is an awful feeling x

jade80 · 11/10/2011 21:14

Thoughts to you both. You've given him a much better life than he would have had otherwise.

GrimmaTheNome · 11/10/2011 21:18

I'm sure they'll be able to take the catbox off your hands. Poor Buttons - but lucky boy to have had a lovely owner. Take care.

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Ingles2 · 11/10/2011 21:34

Am sorry Rock Sad .... losing a much loved pet is heartbreaking.
for you

Jux · 12/10/2011 00:13

I'm so sorry, Rock.

LetThereBeRock · 12/10/2011 11:57

I took him this morning,just after 9. I feel better now than I did this morning. I feel as though a great weight has been taken off my shoulders,because I know I did the right thing.

The vet was wonderful. She was so kind with him,and with me. She talked to him even after he'd passed. He had a sedative first so he slept away in my arms,and that was all he knew of it.

We did discuss the possibility of x-rays and further tests,but knowing it was extremely unlikely to have a good outcome,at his age,we decided against it. The vet thinks it's likely to be a tumour.

I'm glad I didn't wait any longer,and that he went when he he still had some quality of life. He enjoyed playing with a straw this morning and got lots of cuddles and attention before he went. I also played a song for him before I left with him on the last journey.Soppy I know but I did it for my dog when she died,and it helped me.

The house feels wrong now,though I still have my loopy American bulldog x Staffie, and I'm going to miss Buttons so much,but it was the right thing for him,and I'm grateful for the 14 years I had with him.

Ty all very much for your responses.They're much appreciated and very comforting.

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GrimmaTheNome · 12/10/2011 12:23

Glad it went as well as such things can.

Thanks RIP Buttons.

posey · 12/10/2011 13:31

What a lovely post. Buttons had a lovely life with you. You did absolutely the right thing and it sounds like he had a good ending too. Take care Smile

LemonPeel · 12/10/2011 13:38

oh how sad RIP Buttons.

I know just how you feel, my 16 year old was pts last year, and it was so empty without him. In fact, I kept seeing him out of the corner of my eye. Anyone else see that. But of course it wasn't him. We had him cremated the same day and have him home with us in a lovely ashes box made from a little tree trunk. I feel close to him having him still aroung. A few weeks later we ended up with a couple of kittens, just by chance, it wasn't planned, but a special place in our hearts for the one we lost.

I hope you are ok xx

Onemorning · 12/10/2011 17:11

I'm so sorry Rock. xxx

Pigglesworth · 14/10/2011 09:37

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad it went as well as it could go. xxx

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