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Old 11-20-2018, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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We have a 20 year old cat that we've had since she was only 1-2 weeks old (we found her as a stray). Also about 5 pounds. Back legs stiff with arthritis. She has been on meds for the past few years for hyperthyroidism but we've made the decision NOT to renew her meds this time around and see what happens. She has access to food and water 24 hours a day, and we keep her quarantined upstairs so that she doesn't accidently fall down the stairs because of her back legs being so weak. She is able to jump on our bed half the time - the other half she makes the attempt and misses. She refuses to use the ramp we got her to get on the bed.

Every year we think, "she won't make it much longer," and a year goes by and she's still with us. I suspect now that we've made the decision not to renew her meds, that she will only be with us a few months more. My DH (who is not good with letting pets go), made the "no more meds" decision, I think, in preparation for it.
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:39 AM
 
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Had a pup for 17 years.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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My sweet Angelface cat was bottle raised by me starting at 2 days old. She was put to sleep just over 2 years ago due to sudden paralysis of her back legs, at the age of 19 1/2. I still see her sitting in her favorite spot out of the corner of my eye occasionally. I have video of her which has helped me heal from her loss. My heart still hurts for her, even knowing that letting her go was the right thing. It was the last gift of love I could provide, a peaceful end cuddled up in my arms.


I spent 10 years volunteering in cat rescue. Bringing them in, getting them healthy and adopting them out. I've seen many happy endings, and some which were tragic where there was no way to help the poor critters. This experience has helped, because I know my cat never faced the horrors that so many others face (hungry, cold, lonely and unloved)


The pain of loss never goes away, we just learn to live with it. But I will say that the years we shared and all the joy she gave me, was worth every second of the pain of losing her. I would do it again in a second! In fact...I have another cat which I rescued from the shelter kill list. She is precious in her own way. Although she will never fill Angelface's print left in my heart, she has made me smile and created her own print. Life goes on, and so does the love. It does not die with death. Helping to insure another cat had a lifelong love, helped me heal and Angelface would want me to smile.


Please know you are in my thoughts today. I hope the memories and love shared will be enough to make you smile soon.


My heart goes out to you.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:42 AM
 
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3.5 hours to go.

I am lying on the bed, carefully stroking him, giving him the last of the love that i can. He knows i am here, and im sure he knows the love i impart.

God this is going to be a hard afternoon.

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Old 11-20-2018, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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My much loved Border Collie died a couple of months ago. He was 12 years 10 months, the internet says 12 is average. The last couple of days he knew he was dying but fought to stay alive as long as he could.
I hope we are together again in heaven even though the Bible doesn't say anything about that.
I'm crying a little as I type.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:45 AM
 
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3.5 hours to go.

I am lying on the bed, carefully stroking him, giving him the last of the love that i can. He knows i am here, and im sure he knows the love i impart.

God this is going to be a hard afternoon.

oh man...this post brought tears to my eyes...he was so lucky to have you as a parent...
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I have discovered for those who want to adopt from a shelter your county shelters greatly increase the selection as to just a couple of local city ones. You may have to drive a bit but its a 12 year or more commitment.
Brouse their websites for a picture and a brief description and available date.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:15 AM
 
Location: La Jolla
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So sorry that you have to make this difficult decision for your beloved kitty.

We had our sweet girl put to sleep 2 1/2 years ago just shy of her 20th birthday. She had been my oldest daughter's 5th birthday present. Since both of our daughters live close by we made the decision as a family to let her go when her kidneys were failing and she was having seizures. All four of us were a basket case, but we knew that we had to do what was best for her.

Six months later my husband and I adopted two 8 week old sister kittens who are now 2 years old and are a delight.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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My mum's Khorat was 17 when she died, I took him home and cared lovingly for him for 2 years, then unfortunetaly he died of old age (and dehydration during summer) , I buried him in the garden RIP
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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My dog Hobbes. He just passed away at the ripe old age of 15. I miss him.
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