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Old 01-13-2015, 04:07 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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My very sweet old man Stormy ran for Rainbow Bridge yesterday afternoon. He was 2 months shy of 18 years old, and lived a good and healthy life for all but the last year or so. He was an exceptionally sweet, loving, and very tolerant cat his whole life, and you couldn't help but love him dearly. He even put up with the smothering & obsessive love of a girl cat named Rainbow for 13 years before she passed away in 2013. All of the other cats he lived with loved him, even though they barely tolerated each other. It's been a pleasure and joy to have had him in my life, and I don't think I will have the good fortune to ever have another cat quite like him.

He was on meds last year for a while and his kidney function improved, but his Pancreas numbers continued to decline. Two weeks ago he pretty much stopped eating, and another blood panel showed Pancreas numbers off & a high white cell count. My vet gave him a shot of a 14 day antibiotic, and he did better for a few days, but never really got his appetite back. He stopped eating again this past Friday & I had to keep him hydrated with an eyedropper over the weekend, as he was drinking very little on his own. He had lost weight and had become weak and very tired, but still made to the litter box when he had to.

He may have lived a few more days or weeks perhaps, but they would not have been quality days at all, as he was slowly wasting away. So I made the decision I had to make... for him, and for me. I held him in my arms & looked into his eyes as he slipped away so he would know I was there with him. It took all my strength to do it, but I owed him that much.
I don't look forward to reading these type of posts here on C-D, and I hesitated to write this and spread my sadness to those who read it. But it helps me, and I'm sure most here will understand. I hope so, anyway.

Thanks for reading.

Bill

for Stormy
April 1, 1997 / Jan 12,2015
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:13 PM
 
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He may have lived a few more days or weeks perhaps, but they would not have been quality days at all, as he was slowly wasting away. So I made the decision I had to make... for him, and for me.
You gave him a very important unselfish and final gift.
I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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My sincere condolences.
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Old 01-13-2015, 05:02 PM
 
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It makes me cry just typing this. I still miss my dog that went on to the Rainbow Bridge almost two years ago at the age of 15. You made the right decision.

I am sorry for you loss.

RIP Stomy.
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Old 01-13-2015, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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So very sorry. It is the last, best gift we can give our furbabies.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:35 PM
 
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It's our final act of love.

It's all we can do.

xxxxxx from me and my 5: Lily, Charcoal, Momma Mia, Bennie and Smudge.
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Awwww Catdad, I am so very sorry to read this. Stormy sounds like an amazing kitty and you were so lucky to have him in your life for almost 18 years (and of course he was so lucky to have YOU!).

RIP Stormy. You will live on in Catdad's heart forever.

hugs,
Karen
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Reading "ran for Rainbow Bridge" plucked a sensitive string. That's exactly what Weasie did as she slipped into her final coma three years ago TODAY. (As if I hadn't thought of that before. Not a chance.) She was semi-conscious, and fully relaxed for the first time in many months, when all of sudden all four of her legs started vigorously twitching. The vet told me that indicated she was in a dream state, and "she's running in her dream." Cynics would say Weasie was getting into an intense drug experience and having pleasant hallucinations. "Believers" would say she saw a bright doorway with her brother, parents, and other cats - and humans - who predeceased her waiting with open paws or arms. I fall into both camps to some degree, but know for certain that helping her pass away was absolutely the right thing to do.

Karma is hereby coming back to catdad for all of his sympathetic posts. I've been there! I know how it is! Virtual, "bro"-style, hugs from me too!

Except...I don't "know how it is" entirely. Weasie left no descendants (I'd made sure of that when she was about 8 months old.) Neither were there other cats to share territory and help keep me in check. But from what I hear, no matter what behavior results from the "alpha" and/or "elder" in a cat family being out of the picture, life will become interesting for a while. In the beginning there could be a period of mourning, anything from lethargy to wails of grief and refusing to eat - or not - but the hierarchy will now need to be re-established. So be watchful that things don't go too far.

Take good care.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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P.S. I picked up this expression from a City-Data forum, "of all places," only recently. But it's so true no matter how strange it sounds.

"Shared pain is halved, shared joy is doubled."
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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So sorry about Stormy. He sounds like a very wonderful cat, indeed.
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