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22nd-Jun-2007 01:30 pm
daisy_knotwise let Bilbo out of the bathroom this morning and went and sat on the couch with him purring on one knee and Katie sitting on the other. A little before ten, I put him in the cat carrier and took him to see the vet.

The nurse weighed him. Bilbo was down to four-and-a-half pounds, pretty much skin and bones. The vet looked at the growth in his ear and gave him a shot of a sedative so that he'd relax and sleep, since he clearly wasn't happy being at the vet.

We talked briefly. There really wasn't anything they could do to fix his problems. And it was time for him to go.

We'll get his ashes back later and sprinkle them under the maple tree with his sister, Shvaughn.
22nd-Jun-2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear it, Bill.
22nd-Jun-2007 06:41 pm (UTC) - Bilbo
Louie and I had noticed that your beloved senior kitty was quite old and frail. I am very glad you had him for as long as you did, and glad you can acknowledge "It was time for him to go." And it does sound like an easy passing, on the whole. Perhaps when the time is right, you can get an equally wonderful kitty (the younger "kitten" type) and raise him/her/it with just as much love. And yes, you're supposed to love your pets, or else why have them? *Hugs* all around.

Nate B.
22nd-Jun-2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am sorry.
22nd-Jun-2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm so sorry. *hugs*

I have a dog who's almost 13. She seems to be in good health, but the day is nearing when I'll have to do this, to. And I've done it in the past. It's never easy, even when we know it's for the best.
22nd-Jun-2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Goodthoughts and condolences...
22nd-Jun-2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
My condolences. I've been there, done that, and I know it's not easy, even when you know it is the best thing.
22nd-Jun-2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. *hugs*
22nd-Jun-2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Bill.

We make the decisions that cause us pain so our pets don't have to suffer pain.
22nd-Jun-2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
22nd-Jun-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, though it sounds like it was definitely time for him to go. *hug*
22nd-Jun-2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jun-2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
You made the right decision. It wasn't an easy decision I'm sure. Kat and I have been there, more than once. Our condolences.

22nd-Jun-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry.
22nd-Jun-2007 08:38 pm (UTC) - The hardest gift
It's so hard to let them go, but they don't understand why they are feeling so horrible, or why their owners don't want to snuggle with their stinky selves any more. Life just becomes confusing and difficult.

When we had to let go of our dogs, Binky (17) and later Socrates (15), it was very hard, but in both cases, the best choices for both the dogs and for us. The vets who had cared for Bink even called in a couple of the people who had loved him and played with him over the years, to be there when he left. They even made a donation in our dog's behalf for an Animal Shelter.

I'm so sorry that you've lost your kitty. I hope that another animal comes to your loving home when you're ready.
22nd-Jun-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear it.
22nd-Jun-2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Many hugs. There've been far too many people in my life going through this in the last few months. I hope it lets up soon.
22nd-Jun-2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
22nd-Jun-2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
23rd-Jun-2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, so sorry for you all. It's such a hard thing to do, even when it's the right thing.
23rd-Jun-2007 05:40 am (UTC) - Sharing your loss
It's been about 9 months since I lost Puma (under similar circumstances). I had thought that I had been adjusting fairly well, but your post brought back a lot of those memories - hard.

Nonetheless, it was the RIGHT thing to do and even the KIND thing to do.

Right now painful thoughts have undoubtedly risen like the tide, covering the happy memories for the time being. But that unhappy tide will fall again. The happy memories will be uncovered, unharmed by their brief submersion. They are eternal with you.

23rd-Jun-2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
My sincere condolences. Yes, it was time, and you can repeat that over and over. But it doesn't put the grey pillow-that-is-a-cat back on the chair.

25th-Jun-2007 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for you all. I miss my Cusidhe who went before Torcon
You gave a cat a wonderful life thats something to miss.
27th-Jun-2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Deepest sympathies to you and Gretchen.
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