Post # 1
Our poor sweet girl was 19 years old. She lived a good long life, but she was so skinny and we think diabetic. She was losing control of her bladder and bowels and just seemed uncomfortable. We all felt terrible because she was still a happy girl, she’d purr if you held her and she loved to hound you for milk any time you even walked by the fridge. But she always sat by herself in our front room, couldn’t sleep in the bedroom with my parents anymore because she’d pee on their bed while they would sleep…
I spent the afternoon with her, gave her all her favourite things – cheese, milk, snuggles and neck scratches, and wet food (which the cats never get!). I’ve never seen her walk away from milk, but I think the big bowl I gave her was plenty bc she was turning it down!
Anyways… it was terrible. The vet said it shouldn’t be painful but that like us, the anasthesia may cause a little discomfort for a few seconds before she would go unconscious. Well, she screeched like hell for about 20-30 seconds before going unconscious. My sister and I (we were the only two there) were both sobbing… We just wanted her to have a nice, peaceful death at home, snuggled in my sister’s arms (she was her cat growing up). Well, my sister got to hold her, but the vets were holding onto her too, and the screaming just broke our hearts… I’ll never forget it. She hated being moved around or touched below her shoulders in general, so I’m hoping it was a bit of her general attitude too, but I really think she was in pain 🙁 – my poor baby. I just hope she’s comfortable now and her sweet, loving spirit is in a better place
Here’s our girl, Minnie – or as we always called her, Miss Mouse
Post # 3
I don’t really know why I posted this.. I just wanted to share this beautiful girl. I know other pet people will understand how it hurts.
Also, I’ve only ever put one cat down before, and he was sooo sick that I don’t think he had the energy to even cry if he was in pain.
Has anyone else had a pet experience it like my girl? It just breaks my heart to think she experienced any pain for fear – we had the vet come to our house so that we could avoid that…
Post # 4
@MrsPhilly: OMG I’m moved everytime I hear stories like this. It breaks my heart, but you guys did what was best. She is so sweet!
Post # 5
Oh:/ Rest In Peace Miss Mouse
We put down the family dog 4 years ago and it was tough. I think its always tough losing one you love. You have 19 wonderful years of memories though! Think of those:)
Post # 6
I am so so sorry for your loss….
Sending you hugs.
Post # 7
@MrsPhilly: I’m so sorry for your loss. I work in a veterinary practice as a Vet Tech and we deal with people having to say goodbye to their little friends everyday. Its awful. Even if I just met the person I cry with them and give them a hug every time.
Please feel comfortable in your decision. You did the kindest thing you could do for her and she knew how much she was loved.
When you and your family are ready, perhaps consider checking out your local SPCA and taking a new little friend home. Nothing is more healing from saying goodbye to a life than saving another.
Post # 8
@MrsPhilly: I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful kitty. You did the right thing – and the kindest thing – for your friend.
Post # 9
So sorry for your loss.
We had to put our dog down on Christmas Eve. It hurts.
Post # 10
I’m so sorry for your loss. Try to remember the beautiful life you gave her, and how much love you both gave to the other.
Post # 11
Thanks guys, I’m surprised at how sad I feel because leading up to it, I wasn’t really bothered by it. ALthough we have all had a lot of guilt about the decision since she was still so mentally aware and a happy cat… We have worried about if it was the right decision. But I think ultimately, she was having trouble with her bodily functions and seemed like walking for more than a minute or jumping up or down was getting tough. I hope we made the right choice and wherever her little spirit is, she’s happy and understands.
Thanks for your kind words – it definitely helps 🙂
Post # 12
@MrsPhilly: I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know you did what was best and she lived a long happy life! its so hard to have to put down a family member (my dog had to be put down in October) you saved her from any further pain.
Post # 13
I’m so very sorry for your loss! I’m sure that you gave her a wonderful life!
Post # 14
Aw- thats sad- I’m sorry for your loss!
Post # 15
@MrsPhilly: I’m so sorry to hear about your special kitty friend. I know it’s an awful decision to have to make. We had to put my childhood dog to sleep about a year ago. It took him a while to go unconscious as well and he was in a lot of pain from the initial injection. It broke my heart into even more pieces. Now that I’ve had some time to really process things, I want you to know that you did the right thing for your cat. As hard as it is, it was the kindest and most loving thing you could do with her. I’ll be thinking of you- I know how hard this is.
Post # 16
@MrsPhilly: I am so sorry for your loss. I’m not a cat person, but she looks like she was a beautiful little kitty and it sounds as if she had a personality to match her looks.
We had two dogs growing up. Our second dog was scheduled to be put to sleep. He was 10, had horrible hip displaysia, and was having a lot of trouble health-wise. The night before the appointment, my parents woke up to find him on their bedroom floor having a really tough time breathing. They cradled him, held him, and comforted him until he passed away in their arms.
Our first dog was put to sleep after he severely injured his back – there was surgery to correct it, but he would not have been able to run and play like he used to. In the end, as much as I hated them for the decision, my parents made the right call. . . just like your family made the right call for your cat.