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Below is a picture of Ginger who I've had since I was in grade school. She is about 13 years old and when I went home today, my mom informed me that she will probably take her to the vet to be put down, next week. She is sick...with diabetes and her back legs don't function too well. She also has very glazy eyes and can't hear, see, or walk too well. Her coat is also very unkept now and she has terrible black ear wax. She still makes it to the liter box that is all the way downstairs and eats great but drinks excessivly (which means she might have kidney failure). But my parents still think she might be suffering and I definently don't want that to happen to Ginger at all. My sisters bofriend is a vetranarian and he took one look at her and said she didn't look well. But, it's just so sad to see this happen...I wish she'd pass in her sleep. I'm sure that'd be easier on everyone...my mom is not looking forward to the vet trip. Ginger is one out of 5 cats and she is the only one that purrs and purrs when she gets on the vet table. Makes it even more sad. Guess I'm just looking for some support through this tough time. She's been a part of my life FOREVER and has been such a great cat....but we don't want to see her suffer anymore than we think she might be suffering already. Thanks for listen, guys!

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I am so sorry about Ginger! It is so hard to lose a pet., but you have to tell yourself that she will be much better in kitty heaven. + she is not really going, I mean it's not like once she is gone you will forget her..she will always be a part of you. I know it is tough but try to make her last days as wonderful as possible, so she won't be afraid of letting go...and neither will you.
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I am so sorry about your loss! It is hard to make that decision. However you are going to help your kitty by makeing sure she no longer suffers, and she will be in a better place. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. :(
 

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Heather, I'm so sorry...

...and kind of scared too because I see these same symptoms in my own cat.

Is there any way to get her to the vet and get a fructosamine done? Maybe her insulin dose is too low?

I'm sorry, this probably doesn't help. Many virtual hugs to you, Heather.
 

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I was crying... I read in a Buddhist's prayer-book: "Death is to release from pain". It's hard to make a decision but I think you can overcome. Be courage!
 

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Update: My mom left me a message on my machine while I was at work today. I came home for lunch and the message said she took Ginger, this morning, to the vet. She'll be picking Ginger up around 1pm to bring her home and bury her in the garden. I said my goodbyes yesterday but didn't think she'd be doing it this soon. I trust my paretns judgment though, and they are the ones that take care of Ginger and if they see she is suffering, then I know she is I don't want her to hurt anymore. I know she's better in kitty heaven, buried next to Garfield, a cat we used to have a long time ago that Ginger always thought she was a mother to. Even though the mommy cat lived with us too, Ginger always treated Garfield like he was her own. Ginger really was a great cat and I'm sure my family and the other cats that lived with her will miss her. May she rest in peace.....And thanks for the support everyone...it's been awhile since I've gone through loosing a pet and forgot just how tough it really is..even at the age of 23.
 

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I hope that as each day passes you can remember Ginger and all the love you shared and will continue to share. It has been a years and a half since I had to make a choice of letting my Mittins of 17 years go. There are days when I still cry(I'm 43) and miss her so. Carry her in your heart and know that this world is a better place because you took the risk and time to love and be loved by a precious fur buddy. My thoughts are with you.
 

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I lost Jazz the day after Thanksgiving. I don't know what to say to you because I still didn't find any words that made me feel better. But I will say a prayer for you and Ginger.
 

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My heart aches for you, because I know the pain you're suffering, but when I saw the picture I recognized the look. I had a cat die of renal failure, and one of a small liver. I knew it would be kinder to put them in God's arms. Your mother has done a great kindness to Ginger. It would be nice to post a tribute to her at The Rainbow Bridge Forum. I wish you peace. God bless.
 

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Thats sad :cry: . It sounds like she's suffering. Its hard to loose a cat like that :cry: . I think your mom is doing the right thing thoe, even thoe it is so very hard :cry: .

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I am sorry hear it. I have the same thing happened to me this Saturday. My cat, Wormy who is w/me for 12 yrs. He passed away. I am so sad about it. I did all the works for him the last month when he had the first diaherra. I brought him to the Vet who said they did the blood work and gave me the medicine to treat him. Then 2 wks later, I bought the prescription food for him.
On the cold Saturday when I went home, Wormy slided over to me and I was so scared. My husband brought me and Wormy to the emergency hosptial on that night. The Vet from the emergency hospital told me Wormy had Diabetes and intestine cancer. I told the Vet that I would do anything to make Wormy worked fine. Unfortunately, the sugar was high and so he wasn't the good candidate to do the surgery. I felt so sad. Then, my husband, me and my sisters decided to put him sleep on Sunday afternoon instead of making him suffer from the pain. I feel so so sad 'til now...
I don't know why my regular Vet couldn't find Wormy had the diabetes and the cancer when he did the blood work a month ago..I just couldn't understand...If the Vet find out back then, Wormy couldn't survive...
 

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So sorry about your loss, Tyan . May Wormy rest in peace.
ps if you would like you can write more about Wormy in the "Over the Rainbow Bridge" section
 

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my thoughts are with you

You are not alone. Your Wormy is within your heart forever. The pain can be so heavy but there are many of us out here to help you carry that pain to ease your sorrow. Wormy was a fornuate feline to have you.
 

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I am so,so,so,so sorry about your loss. It is so hard when a pet has to leave, but be strong...don't be afraid to let go. my deepest regrets to you. :( :cry:
 
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