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Old 04-01-2009, 07:53 PM
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As an animal parent, you pray the day will never come when you have to make the decision to put your furry loved one to sleep. However, one day you know that day will come.... sadly, you have no choice.

My husband and I are facing the gut wrenching decision to put our 12 year old cat Fluffy, to sleep on Friday. We have had her since she was 4 days old, her mother was hit by a car and her other siblings were all very sick. She was the "healthiest" one, so we took her siblings to the humane society (we were young) and then took her home. The vet told us she would not live and we were wasting our time. But, we went to the store, bought her blankets, bottles, kitten formula and a heating pad. I nursed her every 2 hours around the clock, and how wonderfully she thrived! Our now 13 year old cat, Gus (we didn't name her, but she already responded to the name) took over the cleaning, teaching and potty training of her. Together, the 3 of us brought this tiny little kitten into a full grown, feisty fluff ball! We have had 12, nearly 13 wonderful years with her..... and in 2 days, we will have to say goodbye. I am sitting here sobbing, my heart aches. We are constantly going back and forth about whether we are rushing the decision to euthanize her... but we know its time.

The vet agrees, we know its time... she is a fighter, losing a battle bigger then her. We have done the steroid shots, they bought her a couple months, we have bought her expensive prescription food in hopes that her body would heal inside.... but all it did was prolong her unknown illness. Her body is shutting down, plain and simple. She has gone from an active 11 pound cat to weigh just a little more then Bailey. 4.2 pounds. She is listless, gaunt and vomits 5-6 times a day. She smells of death, inside and out. She has gotten to the point she can't clean herself, so after she poo's, hubby has to clean her up. She doesn't act in pain, but with her condition, we are fooling ourselves thinking she isn't. Her underside, once a bright pink under her white fur, is now a gray/blackish color. My once spunky little girl is dying, but we aren't ready to say bye to her.... but, its come to that point.

How do you stay strong knowing that you are going to load her into her carrier, take her to the vet and allow them to stick the needle of death into her.... and then watch her as she takes her last breath.... I feel like I am suffocating just thinking of this, how will I be strong for her as she slips out of my life? I hate death, I hate mortality ... I hate watching loved ones leave my life. This sucks so bad, my sweet Fluffernutter, how can I let her go?!!!!
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:01 PM
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I think the question is.... how can you NOT let her go. If her quality of life has gone south and she's not enjoying living, then I think you are making the right decision. Dogs and cats have no ability to see the future. They live each day like it is their last. They don't worry and obsess like we do. They live in the moment. And I believe that your kitty's telling you that she is ready to go. You have done everything to keep her alive but she's clearly ready to leave this earth. So let her go. Hold her and love her and whisper in her ear that she is a good kitty and then let the vet free her from pain and suffering. It is time.

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I know, its just so hard. I feel like I can't breath when I think about what we are going to do to her. I know its for the best, I know its time... its been time... I know she needs to leave the earth for bigger, better adventures.... its just so hard know that she will die because we are taking her to be "executed". I feel like I am going to MURDER her...
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You're brave for even beginning to deal with it. She will understand and love you for it and you can live in the knowledge that she will know how much you love her and miss her.
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I was a total wreck when we had to put my first furbaby(Cotton Candy) to sleep...(let's say it was a very bad for me) that I made the decision then and there that next time, no way.

Well, the next time was just as bad for me..but not Ginger..she passed away sleeping next to me early one morning after hubby had gone to work. She got sick suddenly and didn't make it to surgery, he(the Vet) palpatated a tumor that was huge.

I say either way losing a furbaby is going to make you a total wreck...don't look it as murder, if your furbaby is suffering, it's doing the right thing. Wish we could do it for humans....(nope don't need the argument on the human end...I hate to see suffering, period).
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i'm so sorry you have to go through this, my heart hurts for you. it is terrifying for me to think of that, because bambam is my first pet that i've absolutely fallen in love with and the thought of him dying sometimes honestly gives me anxiety at night. but i think this is, however crude this may sound, a gift that you will be giving your cat. you've given her a wonderful life, and she's telling you that she's ready to go, and you're freeing her from the suffering and the indignity that comes with this sickness. she knows how much you love her, just hold her and be with her until the very end and that's all you can do for her, and it's more than she can ask for.
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I know myself could never put a pet down, but knowing it was best for my pet I would eventually do it. Watching them go threw all that pain would eat away at me. You very strong and you are making the right decsion.
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It is a horrible decision to have to make and I have had to make the decision several times in the past. It does come down to quality of life. Just think of them running free with no pain over rainbow bridge, this is the only way I got through it and they are all still in my heart and I will never forget them. I am not going to tell you the pain will go away but it will lessen with time.
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