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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Time to say Goodbye

We fought for close to a year but the last week my boy Dizzy has taken a turn for the worse. After dealing with Hyperthyroidism he is succumbing to a form of liver disease, Cholangiohepatitis. The vomiting has made him so weak and now he will not eat solids. His gait is unsteady and he has a hunched back. His eyes are listless. Because he knows how sick he is he won't sleep next to me because he doesn't want to vomit on the bed. He just lays by the water bowl. I won't put him on a feeding tube and IV because I don't have the means financially and it is just prolonging the disease's progression. As it is Saturday and the vet closes at noon I called and told them I will be in by 11:30. Hopefully the office will be cleared and we can go right in, that's the plan anyway.

He has taught me SO MUCH. I had a tough upbringing and after many years of pushing people away for fear of being hurt he came into my life and showed me not only how to love but how to ACCEPT love. He has also taught me the true meaning of commitment, especially in the last year. I want to be selfish and 'hope against hope' that he will rally once again but I know that isn't in his best interest. I would have to travel 45 minutes and spend money I don't have if he suddenly went way downhill on Sunday. I will be pre-emptive based on what others have wrote. I believe, even though it hurts like and I'm crying as I write this that I would rather be a day early than a day late. I have to love him that much. This has to be all about easing his obvious misery. He's giving me 'that look' and asking me to help him. This is the best I can do.

I want to thank everyone for sharing their experiences on these boards, it gives me the strength and hope I am doing the right thing. We had a great run, me and my boy. Almost 14 years but I always wanted it to be Forever & A Day. He's taking a piece of my heart with him so when we meet at the Bridge he can put it back. This is, without a doubt the worst day of my life and that is saying a lot...but if the choice is working through this or never having the joy of being owned by him I will take this gladly.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 10:25 AM
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I am so sorry to read this, DizzysDad

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. The people at the vet's did an outstanding job. They had FOUR euthanizations today and I asked to be last. My boy fell asleep in my arms and went peacefully.

Now begins the grief process. My only consolation is knowing I didn't wait too long.

It's a lonely room where I am now.

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I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for taking such great care of your kitty.


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I am so sorry DizzysDad. I have not had to make this decision with two previous kitties, but it's clear you made the right choice at the right time. I hope you never second-guess yourself about either. It had everything to do about the quality of his life.

He has shaped the person you have become and will always be a part of who you are in the future. Sendings many hugs and much sympathy.
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You're so right about that spirite. His friendship and trust in me made me a better person.

And now I know he'll be there for me when my time comes. And then we get Forever & A Day.
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What a beautiful boy! Yes, so very hard to make that final decision, but I agree that you did it at the right time....and he told you he had had enough of this life. The grieving part is tough that's for sure and leaves a hole in your heart, but hope you will again give another kitty a chance for a welcoming home who wants to be yours.

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Thanks ami

I'll be owned again some day. Until then I plan on volunteering my time at the local shelter to honor him and also so I can have animals in my life.

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I am so sorry for your loss. Dizzy was such a beautiful boy. You made the hardest decision, at the right time, and you kept him from suffering. He will always be with you.
Hugs to you.

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People who know me here know that I want an orange boy some day so badly, so this makes me especially sad. But you did the same thing I did, I refused to force feed my Cinderella, because it would just be prolonging the inevitable for me. Her passing was also peaceful, but still heartbreaking. I'd like to think that Cinderella is showing Dizzy around (and possibly flirting with him a bit).

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