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Old 07-17-08, 10:43 AM   #1
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Sad cat news

If you remember my last thread about Lorenzo, he was diagnosed with the beginnings of kidney failure, as well as cancer in his ear. We've been keeping him as comfortable as possible given the circumstances.

This past weekend he took a turn for the worse.

I fed the cats Saturday, and he came running to the food bowls the same as always. He ate, and then went off and did whatever he usually does.

Sunday I noticed that he wasn't sleeping in the living room like usual. I checked all his usual spots, and we wasn't in any of them. Finally, I checked under the bed, and found him lying there. He looked at me, then looked away. I figured he was just wanting a little quiet, so I left him alone.

Monday morning I still hadn't seen him out and about, so I checked under the bed, and he looked at me, so I left him alone and went to work. This evening, before my bike ride, I checked him again, and he again just looked at me. While on the ride, Cynthia texted me that she was worried about him, that his ear really smelled bad.

When I got home, I went and checked on him. He had moved up next to the wall under the headboard of the bed. I was able to reach down and grab him and pick him up. He didn't protest at all. He was extremely warm, like he was running a very high fever, and the nasty part of his ear which was usually very small was huge and disgusting. I brought him out to the living room to show Cynthia, and she agreed that he didn't look good. I set him down in front of the water bowl, and he just looked at it and walked away. A little later, I filled their food bowls, and he came out, looked at Lance eating, and walked away. I then saw him walking down the hall towards the bathroom and front door. I quietly followed to see whether he was going to the bathroom where the litter box is, or to the entry hall, where he likes to sleep in the darkness. He headed to the bathroom, so I followed him and watched quietly while he defecated. When he was done, he didn't even look at it or try to cover it like he usually does, he just walked away. I then looked at it and it looked like there was quite a bit of blood mixed in. He then went back to the food bowl, looked at it, and walked away. He's now sleeping in the entry hall.

We took him to the vet late Tuesday morning to have him put down. It was time. He was no longer happy. He was suffering, and I swore I'd never prolong any animal's suffering for my own sake. It was to hard, but it had to be done. He handled it very well, the only difficult part being trying to corral him into the carrier, and the fact that he cried the whole way to the vet. Once there, he calmed down. After they put the catheter in his front leg and brought him back to the euthanasia room, he seemed to realized what was going on, and seemed to understand it was for the best. I petted him the entire time, and he even let my wife pet him, which he never did before. It was quick and painless, just as I'd hoped.

He was almost exactly 16 years old. I found him as a small kitten at the end of August, 1992. At that time, he looked to have just been weaned. That would put his birthday around mid-July.

I'll miss him.

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I am not looking forward to when Lance (17 yrs old) and Arianna (13 years old) have to be put down.
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Old 07-17-08, 10:45 AM   #2
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Awwwwwwwwww poor kitty - sounds like he was in pain the way he stared at you. You did the right thing
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Sorry for you loss. Sounds like you handled it well. The cat and I cried all the way to the vet with it was time for Tigger to go. And she was my wife's cat, not mine.
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Old 07-17-08, 10:55 AM   #4
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I'm so sorry. It sounds like he had a loving home and a good life. It also sounds like it was time.

I did a speech in college on a cat I'd had for 14 years. We had to put him down a year before I did the speech. I cried during it.
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So sorry to hear. Loosing a companion is difficult.
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Old 07-17-08, 11:01 AM   #6
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Thats such a bummer. My dog has Lymphoma and has been back and forth with healthy days and sick days. I definately don't envy when we have to put her down but it'll probably be before the year is out. Hopefully you'll have the other two for a good long time
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Awww. Sorry dude. (Or dudette as the case may be.)

I lost my kitty of 17 years last September. He wasn't sick but he was slowly slipping away. He was hiding in a closet and not moving for the last 24 hours. Clearly he needed to let go, so we called the vet to come to our house. The cat went on his own about 10 minutes before the vet arrived. Meowed a couple of times and just stopped breathing while I was petting him. Sigh...
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I'm so sorry. That is tough when you have to do that.

Poor guy.
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He looks like he was a wonderful, handsome boy. My condolences.
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Very sorry. I know it sucks.
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Sorry for your loss, but know that you did what was right for Lorenzo, right up to the end. He couldn't have asked for a better friend than you.
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Sorry to hear the bad news - its never easy when a family member passes (I include pets as family)
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He's not hurting anymore.......because of your love for him.

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Old 07-17-08, 06:45 PM   #15
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Just remembered that I had this avatar for a while:



A pic of his paws.
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Can't see the pic but if it's the one I'm thinking, I remember that. It was a special one, remember? You did Lorenzo's paws and I did mine....
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I'm tearing up over here reading your story. As hard as it was to let Lorenzo go, you did the right thing. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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So sorry to hear of your loss. Cats are such wonderful companions. You did the right thing to save him from suffering.

He looks almost exactly like my cat George. Same stripes and coloring, same paunch.

George is not even 4 years old and I' know I'm going to bawl like a little girl when he goes.

I'm a grown, heterosexual man and I'm not afraid to say that I love my cat.
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Got that right. She always knows when I need a little fuzzy heater to keep my spirits up.
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No matter what, it's so hard to lose a companion. Cats are such wonderful creatures, you fall in love with them and don't even realise it.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

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Got that right. She always knows when I need a little fuzzy heater to keep my spirits up.
Nothing more comforting than a warm fuzzball purring on your lap. When my cat purrs, I press my ear up to his side and close my eyes and just smile.
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So sorry about your loss, you did the right thing at the right time
My cat passed away 4 days ago, he was just 3 years old and the best companion ever
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