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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-03-2003, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Maine coon aging... me worried

My maine Coon, Tangerine is the first pet I ever had.

I paid 5 dollars for him thru a local newspaper want-ad.

I was dating a girl I worked with when I adopted him ( he was 2 months old).

Now it is 15 years later, no longer kids, & Tangerine is having a hard time breathing.

We used to take him to the vet for shots & to get fixed.

However , we were young ( and now married) and are embarrassed that he has not seen a vet for the past 7 yrs.

I feel like we HAVE to take Tang to the vet , but my wife is convinced that he is not suffering and if we take him they will put him down.

He has lost a lot of weight.

Maine Coon cats are big- he has been big all of his life, but now I can see his lungs working and heart beating thru his fur.

He hardly has an appetite.

This has been going on for approx 6 months.


This is the first pet I have ever had.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-04-2003, 12:17 AM
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You have two choices right now..
1. Let kitty suffer(and you suffer)
2. Take kitty to the vet, and possibly get alternatives.

The vet isn't going to look back on your background. S/he will only care about your cats well-being. It sounds like Kitty is in a LOT of pain. Do you really want your cat to be in so much pain? Medication might be able to help, but you must prepare yourself for the worst. 15 years is a LONG time for a cat to be alive, be thankful for every second you shared with your cat, and cherish every remaining time you still have.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-04-2003, 12:31 AM
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take him to the vet

no credible vet will make you put him down.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2003, 04:01 PM
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Taking him to the vet would be the best bet. It would not only help you know exactly what the problem is but also let you be at ease knowing you did all you could. It would be terrible if you didnt do anything about this now, you might be able to prevent something. I'm sure if he did have to be put down the vet will not make you, they usually give you a choice and its up to you. 15 years is a long time for a cat, so at least your cat had a great life with you its entire lifetime.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-07-2003, 12:17 AM
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From what I have read so far the owner is the one that makes the decision if their pet should be put down or not. Hopefully you and Tangerine will not be in pain any more ...I wish yo the best. And keep in touch, please
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-07-2003, 10:42 PM
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I have a maine coon type cat who is seven years old
he has asthma, the vet just figured this out.
Scampie has a had time breathing, also
he will need to get a shot or a pill every 4-6 weeks for the rest of his life
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