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(Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 1:48 AM
Today I had to take my beautiful 15 year old cat, Blossom, to the vet as she was struggling to breathe. Unfortunately, the vet said that her heart was beginning to fail, she was not able to stand and we had to make the decision to let her go. She was such a big part of our lives for a long time and I've hardly been able to function all day.
I didn't expect to have to make this decision as she has been fine up until now.
What makes it harder is that we have been agonising over the future of our labrador, Gabby, who is 12, totally blind and now just sits in her kennel all day and sleeps. She no longer can find her way around and seems to age daily.
What would you do?
(Level: 235.9 - Posts: 7626)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 2:46 AM
Sadly, we are in a similar situation. The only kittie we ever bought , Nittany, is very ill. He's about 14 and has thyroid problems and kidney problems. With occasional re-hydrations and pills [thyroid medication and potassium supplement] , he has improved recently. He is still very underweight, and his kidneys are not working properly. We know he might not stay with us very long. Nittany was one of my clues in a recent "pet themed" word puzzle.
Our dog, Josette ,a bichon frise, is also old and frail. She is blind [we recently had her left eye removed because of constant pain and infections].
But she still eats well. and enjoys her walks with me. I also used Josette as a clue in the joint word puzzle with Jank0614.
We have quite a few other pets since we adopt many strays. Still the loss of a pet is very painful and sad.
All I can say is, if Gabby seems to be suffering, it will be the time to let her go. We always are with the vet when we put a pet down. My wife gets very emotional but she insists to be present to show her love.
There are other pets looking for a good home. You may want to bring another cat into your life in a few weeks.
My condolences on the passing of Blossom.
(Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 3:15 AM
I'm so sorry about Blossom
(Level: 206.4 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 4:40 AM
Judy, i'm so sorry that you are having to go through this with your beloved pets. it's hard to lose them, especially after they have been a part of your family for so long. All you can do at this point is make Gabby as comfortable as possible. My heart goes out to you and your family.
(Level: 112.8 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 7:53 AM
It is difficult to put my feelings into words Judy. Howeve do want to convey that those who love and lose a beloved pet, as you have Blossom, can feel and understand your angst. My tortiseshell cat Pumpkin, was loved and cherished for 21 years, as I know Blossom was for her entire lifetime. It took weeks to recover without tears welling in my eyes or just down right breaking into tears at the very thought of Pumpkin. Together, my children and I watched her birth, and together, we cried our eyes out as we watched Pumpkin go.
There are those who just don't get it Judy...but trust me, there are more who do. Are you familiar with the Rainbow Bridge? The author is unknown but the words can be comforting to those, whether children or adults, who have dearly loved and lost a pet.
"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart."
Again, those who cannot or do not understand how much love and joy a pet brings to a person or family, may scoff at these words...so be it. As for me Judy, the words are beautiful and comforting, and I love the visual it creates in my mind. I hope you will find this to be true for you as well. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy and understanding to you and yours for the loss of Blossom.
(Level: 263.2 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 9:02 AM
I think you no the answer. Consult with your vet, watch the dog, and when its will to live starts to go, give proper assistance. Then grieve, find and adopt your next beloved family members, and repeat the whole cursed cycle over again.
(Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 9:20 AM
I am so sorry, Judy.
I have lost a much-loved pet before. It takes me about six months to get myself ready to adopt again. But it is worth it. I can't imagine life without pets even though there's the heart break of loss. I enjoy, appreciate and remember all the good years.
(Level: 215.8 - Posts: 5911)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 9:40 AM
I am so very sorry. I think that everyone here that has a pet or has lost one, knows exactly what you are going through. When you find that they are suffering and in pain.....that is the time to let them go. It breaks your heart every single time. I have a cat with leukemia at the moment. He is still frisky, eats well and purrs like crazy when we go to bed at night. We will keep him with us as long as we can. You and your pets will be in my thoughts.
(Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 12:15 PM
As someone who was totally unprepared to lose 3 pets within 3 weeks recently, I know there is deep grieving, and I'm so sorry for the unexpected illness and passing of Blossom.
Boy, that sure describes it well - the "repeat the whole cursed cycle" thing. But from past experience, I've learned that even though there's a part of your heart no other animal can fill but Blossom, there are many parts in your heart that will ache for another cat, and that new experience will help heal the sharpness of the pain of losing Blossom.
I'm praying for you, for God to support you through your emotional pain.
(Level: 165.8 - Posts: 2484)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 5:42 PM
Losing a pet in one of life's hardest challenges. They are such faithful and loyal friends. I am so sorry about Blossom and pray for your healing.
(Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 5:50 PM
Thank you all for your kind words, I will certainly miss her.
Her son, our other cat Moomoo, cried all day yesterday as he went around and tried to open cupboard doors with his paw. They were't the best of friends, or so I thought, but he is missing her too!
I don't know if I can face the thought of another pet at this stage... but I guess we will see.
(Level: 210.0 - Posts: 4321)
Sun, 1st Nov '09 5:54 PM
I'm so very sorry to hear about Blossom, Judy. I'm also sorry you're facing this difficult time with Gabby. My thoughts are with you and your family, and I hope you can find comfort in all the wonderful times you've had with your animal companions.
(Level: 160.0 - Posts: 5386)
Mon, 2nd Nov '09 12:45 AM
Judy, I am so sorry about your pets. It is such a hard decision to make but I have learned that in most cases if you watch your pet carefully, he/she will look deep into your eyes and you'll understand they are saying it is time.
Would Gabby benefit from a mature dog, not a rambunctious puppy, to motivate him to get up and move more? Just a thought. Sometimes a younger dog pumps some life into an older dog.
Whatever happens, there are a lot of dog and cat owners on Sploofus who understand what you are going through and will be there to support you all the way.
(Level: 183.0 - Posts: 919)
Mon, 2nd Nov '09 2:22 AM
Judy, my heart goes out to you and your family. In August my beloved cat Hershey who was 12 years old died. I found him in his bed on the porch and rushed him to the vet. He had been hit on the left side of his face by something. The vet seemed to think he may have gotten a little to close to a deer and may have been kicked by it. I brought him home and gave him pain medication but he died the next morning. My heart is broken but as the days go by the pain of my loss becomes a little less and less every day.. I will never forget him because I have so many wonderful memories. I know he is on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
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