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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The end of the world's grumpiest cat

Good-bye fuzzy face
She Who Must Be Obeyed died last week. We had to have her put to sleep because she was starting to suffer. I strongly believe pet owners should alleviate suffering and not let their pets linger in pain and discomfort until death. That's part of your responsibility. Animals live abnormally long because they're domesticated which means they die of maladies they wouldn't otherwise experience.

Mandy's kidneys were failing and we were easing the process with biweekly saline injections and special food. Once her symptoms became worse we promised ourselves we'd do what needed to be done regardless of how we felt. Knowing your doing the right thing doesn't make it easier though. Holding her, knowing we were choosing to end her life is a unique kind of pain.

Over the span of a few days she radically lost weight and the will to live. I optimistically gave her a bath which she barely resisted (she hated them like poison) and I knew she was at the end. She started urinating outside her litter box. When I saw how painful and difficult that was for her I made the call.

The Hub cut his work day short and we took her to the vet. We held her and petted her and talked to her until the injection took hold. She wasn't in pain any more. That's what mattered. Now we're sad, but that's okay. We told Toddler Flails-a-lot to say good-bye and that Mandy was going away and she wasn't coming back.

It has been a week and I keep hearing a phantom Mandy-cat padding around the house. There's a niche in my brain that attributes certain house settling sounds to her. I feel like I'm being haunted by a memory cat. I know this feeling will go away someday and it makes me sad. It will mean her niche has been smoothed out by time. Someday we'll get another pet and there will be a new set of animal feet walking through the house, but it won't be any time soon.

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4 comments:

  1. Glad that Mandy is no longer suffering ... and I fully expect her to haunt your house and wherever else you may inhabit for many years to come ... in a good way!

    I know that it was a difficult decision and process, but my hat is off to you for putting her well-being above your own. And for showing little miss the contours of love that sometimes give you pain in order to give others rest.

    Love you guys ... and miss you!

    I will be in Oakland next week and looking forward to seeing you and giving you all big hugs in person!!

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    1. I'm happy she's at peace. I'll start chocolate shopping to make sure I have a good selection when you arrive!

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  2. I was wondering and am so proud of you and your husband making the choice to stop her suffering. We know how you feel. I am so sorry for your loss. The ghost and the smoothing are how it is to be every time.
    Love,
    shalagh

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    1. Thanks Shalagh, I know you've been there.

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