I still miss him after a year
Last year on the fourteenth, my old cat Jazz-Purr was put to sleep because of diabetes. I still keep wishing we'd caught on sooner, I still feel guilty for having him euthanized, because at the time, I was really bad financially, and could barely afford the food he needed, and then the insulin he needed to get better? Not a chance. I could afford the insulin, I could afford the food, but not both. The poor boy could barely walk the neoropathy got so bad so quickly. We found out from our vet on his second diabetes checkup, that he was actually between nine and eleven years old too, we were told he was three. We think his old owner knew full-well that Jazzy had diabetes and wouldn't be adopted if she said anything. I believe she didn't want to put him down herself.
I adopted him from the shelter in October the year before last. I barely had the poor boy. He was already huge, but either the diabetes wasn't there at his first checkup, or the vet didn't think to look for it. By the time we caught on, we made a small attempt to get him insulin, but the cheap stuff, because we couldn't afford what he needed. And then when he started falling over because he couldn't walk, I couldn't deal with it anymore and said he needed to be put to sleep. I know I barely had him, but he was my second pet, and the first pet I ever had to make the decision to euthanize him.
I know he was suffering, but I still miss him so much some days. I miss him rubbing around my legs every morning for his canned food. And I miss him wrapping his paws around my neck and licking my hair. He just loved to give kisses.
Would I stop myself from adopting that fat lovable ball of fluff if I knew I wouldn't even have him a year?
No. I loved that big fat boy, he was funny and sweet and adorable. And I always joke that I didn't adopt a cat, I adopted a dog in a cat suit. He was friendly, lovable, and even begged for treats and table scraps. (He'd only get them if it was fish or chicken)
Last edited by marie73; 08-07-2013 at 02:59 AM.