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Unread 10-13-2009, 08:11 PM
Sad Day

today i had to take my cat Tiger to the vet to be put down. you see, he was almost exactly three years old, but he had constant UTI's. last week i took him to get checked out, and the vet gave him an antibiotic shot. it seemed to help, but this morning he was way worse. we got him when he was 1 month old, from the shelter. he would play fetch(so cute!). every night before i fell asleep, he would come cuddle up right next to me and bury his face in my hand and purr until he fell asleep. i love this cat and am so upset about the whole thing. i know it was for the best, as im sure he was uncomfortable and i cant have a urine soaked home. i am really just writing this to let it out. i have never had to make a decision like this and am just so upset. i know it was the right thing to do, we had tried many other alternatives since we got him. i breifly thought about sending him back to the shelter where we adopted him, but i knew that they would just euthanize him. he was a very timid cat as well.
i dont know, i know that im not the first and only person to have made such a decision, but i want to talk to others that have dont it as well, so if you want to share your story with me, it would really help. thanks for reading this and sorry its so long.
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Unread 10-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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Hi Susan,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Tiger I know how you feel. I have had several cats that had to be put to sleep because mostly of age and some of illness. It is a very difficult decision to make. We still have 2, both were strays and they have become a big part of our family. They all have their own personality. You did everything you could, and I agree, it would not have been a good decision to return him to the shelter. It's just such an empty feeling. I hope in the days to come you will find calm and always remember all the happy times you and Tiger had together.

Unread 10-14-2009, 07:54 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear that you had to send Tiger over the rainbow bridge.

I had my very first cat, Cleo, for less than two weeks. I had rescued her from my landlord's basement. Little did I know that in the years she had been relegated to the dungeon (because my landlord became allergic) she had developed kidney disease. When she came upstairs with me, she was queen of the apartment, purred constantly, cuddled with me on the bed, and ate heartedly... for about five days. Then she started getting sick, and I took her to the vet when she couldn't keep anything down. The vet gave me the bad news, pumped her full of fluid for the dehydration, and sent me home with the faint hope that I might be able to keep Cleo alive by feeding her baby food. Unfortunately, Cleo continued to spiral downward and I had to euthanize her. My landlord paid for the euthanasia, but I was the one who stayed in the room, held Cleo in my arms and sang to her for about five minutes after the shot took effect.

It's amazing how quickly bonding can happen! I got over the issue of fast and strong bonding by taking in foster animals for two years. It helped me think of my time of responsibility as only a segment of the cat/kittens' whole lives.

I hope you feel better soon, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of sisters here.
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Unread 10-14-2009, 08:28 PM
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Sorry to hear of your difficult day...........and if you are like the rest of us animal will feel a lot of sadness in the days to come. That, to me is the worst part of owning a pet. I mean having to make a decision when it's the right time. Over the years I had to decide on putting out two cats and most recently our dog of 14 years. My husband, 18 year old son and I just bawled our eyes out during the whole thing. The night vet we went to let us stay with our dog while they game her the shot. It was a peaceful time for our dog who was suffering horribly. Sounds like you had a special bond with Tiger! Best wishes------------my thoughts and prayers go with you. Susan
Unread 10-14-2009, 08:32 PM
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I am very sorry.
I had two cats up until june of last year. I had to put my 7 yr old siamese down because he was'nt holding any food down. He was wasting away.
But I still have his granddaughter, Chloe and she is fine thank God. I do'nt know what I would do without her.
I wish you all the best.
ooo&xxx 4 U!
Unread 10-20-2009, 10:48 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, (((Susan))) My heart goes out to you. May Tiger's memory soon make you smile instead of cry.
Sending prayers for healing and comfort.

Unread 10-29-2009, 02:38 AM
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So sorry for your loss I know how you feel & what your are going through. I had taken my dog, Box/Rot Jada to the vet in March. I was not expecting I would have to have her put to sleep. The vet said she had liver & kidney faliure & she needed to be put to sleep It was a complete shock My thoughts & prayers are with you's

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