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Greetings From Texas

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Hello all. My name is Sharon and I live in East Texas. I've always been a cat lover and am missing my cat, who passed away last year of kidney failure at 16. I look forward to meeting you all!
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Welcome, Sharon!

So sorry for your loss. :(
Hi, Sharon! So sorry for your loss. Lots of great people here, welcome!
Hi Sharon! I'm very sorry to hear about your cat. I'm glad you could join though. It's great here.
Hello, Sharon ...

I can really relate to what you went thru. I discovered my cat, Junior, was having some kidney problems when he was 16 yrs old. I took him to the vet every 6 months to run a test to measure any changes. There were changes, to be sure, but minimal.

About 2 months after a previous checkup -- which was a good one -- I noticed he seemed a bit "sluggish" and not as active as usual (even for a senior cat). Just to be on the safe side, I dropped him off at the vet's after work on a Friday so they could monitor him over the weekend.

I got a call 20 minutes later from the vet. Juniors kidneys had suddenly shut down. The vet had him on a machine to keep him alive. It all happened so suddenly. Long story short, I was given my options and the most obvious and compassionate thing I could do was to have him taken off of the machine. I had to make that decision within minutes. My vet said he was alive but still in obvious pain.

I knew the kidneys problem would gradually get worse over time because of all of the test results but I had no idea when I dropped him off that I'd never see him again.

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I do understand.

... Robin
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The only cure for a missing cat is to open your heart and home to another in need.

Hi Sharon and welcome! So sorry about your kitty. cooncatbob said it all (above). See you around the forum :)
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