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    Quote Originally Posted by Bann View Post
    We had to say goodbye to our sweet boy, Simon Saturday.

    Long story short, all tests done on him for the past 2 months were normal except the blood work today showing major kidney function issues. The Vet said that still didn't really explain a 4lb weight loss in 1 year, 3 of those in the past 2 months, alone. The vet also suspected GI Lymphoma considering all the vomiting & stool issues which had been increasing since earlier this year.

    We made the extremely difficult decision to say goodbye rather than subject him to lengthy treatments which would possibly cause him discomfort, or to let him linger and waste away for however long. He has been a totally spoiled and pampered pet for 15 years and a really faithful, loving boy to all of us. I didn't want him to have any less quality of life for the rest of his days.

    I know in my heart I could have chosen to let him have a few more months, but my brain also knew I wasn't certain of the amount of time he would actually have. He was considerably worse than he was when we took him to the Vet back in May, he'd really declined a lot since then. (He had a dental procedure which I now think took a toll on him and he's been going downhill faster since) I really didn't want to see him waste away, and I honestly didn't think it would be fair to let him do that. I also could not have spent the amount of money it would take to bring him to the quality of life which he would have surely been entitled to, as a member of our family. Even after spending a LOT of money on specialists and specialized testing, he may have had 1 month or 1 year. Not to mention the "nursing care" he would need, because he was not well.

    He was a rescue cat, and I'd driven from FL to NC to pick him up 15 years ago. He was such a sweet Siamese who was never a one person cat. He followed us all around and had a different relationship with each of us and we all felt like he was "my own cat".

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    ... im very sorry for your loss.

    Some people are like Slinkies.... not really good for anything,
    but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.

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    Bann, so sorry to hear this. Very sorry for your loss.
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    Ugh, I'm sorry for your loss. I understand where you are coming from. Years ago I chose to treat our cat with kidney failure and it was a chore at times. Not sure I would do it again or at least not as long. You always feel the need to "buy" more time with them.

  4. #14
    I know you are sad. I can say I know exactly how you feel. I still miss my kitties. One has been gone for 8 months, the other for 1 year. We had them just about as long as you had Simon. I still miss their presence, but that means I/you loved the kitties that much. Hang in there.
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    So sorry Bann. We've got two geriatric kitties going through just about the same thing right now. One more so than the other. Neither seems to be in pain, so we're trying to manage.
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    so sorry. Losing a pet is so much harder than you think it will be.
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    Thanks, guys!

    A friend of mine is a photographer and she took some pictures of the Things & I in Dec 2010, so I could send them out in Christmas cards. Since the cat was sitting on the love seat where we would be sitting, she took some of him to get the lighting set up, etc. I'd forgotten all about those photos and she remembered them Monday and sent them to me.

    The oddest thing is - I'd *just* been thinking to myself on Sunday how I'd wished I'd gotten a nice picture of him in this pose! What a present.



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    Absolutely, a beautiful cat. Those eyes! Wow! He was a lucky kitty that you drove all that way to rescue him. He is with my kitties and so many other members' kitties over the rainbow bridge, and they are having a blast being cats. Cats are awesome.
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    I'm so sorry, Bann.
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