Put my cat to sleep today

DVCcurious

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I just got back from the vet a half hour ago and I want to just let some feelings out.

I had to put my cat Snickers to sleep today. She was a pretty calico and looked like a snickers candy bar, hence the name (link to picture below). She was 14 years old. The weekend of 8/31-9/1 we noticed she was getting bony and not really eating or acting normally. She also spent most of the following week hiding in the basement, including behind the washer/dryer which she never does. I thought she may have just had a cold or something but by Friday I took her to the vet. She weighed 5.3 pounds. She is a small cat and normally weighs 8.5 but I knew that 5.3 meant we were at the end. On Friday I set her up in our bedroom with a litter box and her cat carrier that she had been hiding in (even though normally she is afraid of it because it means a trip to the vet). The vet had done some blood work on her and they called me Saturday morning. The vet said it was the worst possible news. She had acute renal failure. Basically her kidneys failed and weren't functioning. The vet told me she had weeks to live. She asked me to bring Snickers in immediately to give her on an iv so she could get some fluids in her body. The vet then made a Monday appointment for me to follow up on the success of the IV. Saturday night I noticed Snickers smelled really bad. Like really bad breath. I figured this was from her kidney disease.

Last night I couldn't sleep. I got up and grabbed Snickers out of the closet where she spent all her time hiding since Friday. We went out to the chair and she sat next to me on the chair arm and I pet her and looked at pictures of her on the computer. She jumped up on the counter and went to her food so I ran over and gave her a fresh bowl with fresh dry cat food and I put some canned tuna fish on top. She bent down and sniffed it. Then she sat up, looked like she was thinking, then jumped off the counter and went back in the closet. About 10 minutes later she came out of the bedroom and drank some water from the dog's bowl. I thought that was the best sign I could have that at least she was drinking so I went to bed at 1:00. At 5:00 this morning she jumped up on the bed and laid right along my arm (I sleep with my right arm sticking out perpendicular). She stayed for 15 minutes and I pet her before she went back into the closet. I took her in this morning and the vet could smell her. So she looked in Snickers' mouth. She had an abcessed tooth (like a decayed tooth with an infected root) on one side and the other side of her mouth had unknown ulcers or lesions. That's why she hasn't been eating because it was too painful. So it made the tough decision easier and I choose to put her down. I held her and petted her when they did it. I cried like a little girl even though I'm a 45 year old man.

Snickers is the only animal that was ever ONLY mine. She wasn't really a family pet (like our dog) she was my pet. I picked her out at Petco out of the dozens of cats there. There was an abusive animal breeder in PA and the cats were rescued, nursed back to health, and then adopted through Petco in western PA. I took one look at her and knew she was the cat for me. She never liked being held (because she was wild for 2 years before we adopted her) or sit on my lap. But she would sit on the chair arm of my lazy boy and I could pet her for hours sometimes. She didn't really like my wife or the kids too much. She didn't dislike them but she never sought anyone out to get pet except me. She used to sleep above my wife's head (between the pillow and the head board) after she figured out that sleeping by our feet meant she got kicked. In 2018 we got a puppy and Snickers realized the puppy would keep harassing her unless Snickers stood up for herself. So she scratched this Labrador puppy across the nose and the dog has been afraid of her ever since! Even now when the dog is 100 pounds he is afraid of little 8 pound Snickers.

This is me and Snickers Saturday night.
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This is the picture of Snickers on the Internet from when she was waiting to be adopted at the Tiger Ranch Rescue company:


 
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Dan Murphy

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Very sorry to read this about your little Snickers, DVCCurious. Sounds like you sure did give her a good life for all those many years. Even though your Lab kept his distance after that encounter, I think he will miss her also. My best for you and your family.

Just remember......she will be there, at the Bridge, playing, waiting......



Rainbow Bridge




Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.

Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge, together....
Author unknown...





www.petloss.com


www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html





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mommasita

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I’m so sorry for your loss of your precious Snickers. 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 What a beautiful girl, and so well loved. I know it’s not easy. Dan posted such a beautiful poem, and it’s so true. Giant hugs to you. :love2:
 

DVCcurious

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Yesterday I took the day off work since I knew I couldn't work while I was crying. I fell asleep in front of the TV at 4:30-6:00 probably from exhaustion since I haven't slept well since I've known Snickers was really sick a week ago. We had spaghetti for dinner and I just ate a little of the meat and a couple noodles. Snickers used to sit next to me during dinner and beg for food like she was a little dog. Last night I could look down from my chair and imagine her sitting there. I took our dog for an hour and a half walk last night just to get out of the house and I listened to some "coping with the death of your cat" videos on youtube. We have another cat and a dog. My daughter (11) loves the other cat and our son (9) loves the dog. My wife is a dog person and loves the dog. I tried to ask people what they'd miss about Snickers and it's like they don't really care that she's gone.

I was able to sleep pretty well last night and I woke up and immediately thought of Snickers. I came out to the living room and saw the other cat and I got very angry at the other cat. Like all these feelings of hatred towards the other cat came upon me. I don't hate the dog, but I look at the other cat right now sitting on the top of the cat condo and I am just really angry at it.

I took my wife's phone and I texted myself every picture of Snickers she had. I'm going to go through old thumb drives of pictures and choose my favorite and make a collage of Snickers pictures to put in my house's office so I can look at it while I work. And no one else really goes in there so it's kind of my space.
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DVCcurious

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I had a dream about Snickers this morning when I woke up. I took Snickers to a specialist in Philadelphia (we live on Long Island). The specialist checked Snickers and said "I don't think she looks that bad. She could definitely make it a few more weeks." And I looked at Snickers who looked like she actually did this past weekend when she was 5 pounds and I said "Are you sure? She looks pretty bad." And then I woke up.
 

mommasita

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I think these dreams are natural, and part of the grieving process. It isn’t easy at all. I wish you peace in the days ahead.
 
  • Disneyfan754321

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    Yesterday I took the day off work since I knew I couldn't work while I was crying. I fell asleep in front of the TV at 4:30-6:00 probably from exhaustion since I haven't slept well since I've known Snickers was really sick a week ago. We had spaghetti for dinner and I just ate a little of the meat and a couple noodles. Snickers used to sit next to me during dinner and beg for food like she was a little dog. Last night I could look down from my chair and imagine her sitting there. I took our dog for an hour and a half walk last night just to get out of the house and I listened to some "coping with the death of your cat" videos on youtube. We have another cat and a dog. My daughter (11) loves the other cat and our son (9) loves the dog. My wife is a dog person and loves the dog. I tried to ask people what they'd miss about Snickers and it's like they don't really care that she's gone.

    I was able to sleep pretty well last night and I woke up and immediately thought of Snickers. I came out to the living room and saw the other cat and I got very angry at the other cat. Like all these feelings of hatred towards the other cat came upon me. I don't hate the dog, but I look at the other cat right now sitting on the top of the cat condo and I am just really angry at it.

    I took my wife's phone and I texted myself every picture of Snickers she had. I'm going to go through old thumb drives of pictures and choose my favorite and make a collage of Snickers pictures to put in my house's office so I can look at it while I work. And no one else really goes in there so it's kind of my space.
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    Thank you for sharing the pic. I am so very sorry , you had me crying and I dont even know you or snickers.
    We lost our kitty a few years ago, the sadness was too much to bare. The vet suggested a new kitten right away. We did it and it really helped. Even when we thought it wouldn't
     

    Snowysmom

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    So sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a furbaby member of the family.
     

    Tiberella626

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    I am so sorry for your loss. Just reading your story, I can feel your pain. I can tell you that even though I don't know you or Snickers I miss the independent person she was. Yes I said person, my cat has a personality therefore he is a person to me. Your anger, sadness and depression are all reasonable feelings. Ask yourself, what do you need? Give yourself some love and be nice to yourself 🤗.
     

    ctl

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    So very sorry. Snickers and you had a wonderful relationship. It is clear you loved her so very much. It takes a lot of courage to do what is best for your pet when you know they are suffering, and you want to keep the with you for as long as possible. Snickers will always have a special place in your heart. Sending hugs and hoping each day brings a little happy memory of Snickers to ease your sadness.
     


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