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Old 06-29-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Today I had to say good bye to Hairball Kitty ( once known as Aplhie). Alphie had been my parents cat that came to live with me about 2 wks before my dad suddenly got sick and died. Alphie had developed diabetes and my dad's memory was not good enough to allow him to take care of a diabetic cat. ( my mom had died a few years earlier) I did not want a cat but I had promised my mom that if my dad could no longer care for the animals I would give them a home and care for them so there I was with a diabetic cat. I spent a small fortune on him in the 2 yrs he lived with me but so be it. Last year when I boarded him at the vets ( no one else will board a diabetic cat on insulin) he would not eat ( the stress of being there) and the vet examined him and felt a huge mass so called me at the # I had left with him. I had him do an ultrasound and after that he felt it was not a tumor but rather the worlds largest hairball thus the cat became known as Hairball. The vet felt this could cause a big blockage but the fact he was diabetic surgery was a huge risk so I decided that I would just let God call the shots and once back home Hairball started eating and his life was back to the normal life of any diabetic cat. Here we are almost a year after the hairball incident and he got very sick very fast. Took him in and he had gone into diabetic keto acidosis and this kidney values were all elevated too, he was very dehydrated despite his drinking a lot of water. 48 hrs of aggressive therapy in ICU and his blood sugars were responding but he could not rehydrate as the fluids passed right back out as pee.Labs showed he was in renal failure and the #'s were going the wrong way so today I called it quits and sent his little kitty spirit onward where it can roam free once more. He is back where he belongs with my parents as he never was my Kitty. When I get his ashes back I will take them to my parents house which we still own but have rented out and I will scatter them in the front garden where some of my mom's ashes are . RIP Hairball no more needle pokes or visits to the vets your soul can be at peace now.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Hairball seemed to put up quite a fight for a long time. Now, like you said, he can be with your parents once again. He was your kitty too as you took him into your life and loved him and took care of him until he could be with your mom and dad. R.I.P. Hairball
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Sorry for your loss. Good plan for the ashes. He is running free with your parents somewhere, all of them happy and healthy.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Sorry for your loss. Good plan for the ashes. He is running free with your parents somewhere, all of them happy and healthy.

Thanks tried to rep you but can't yet. I do not think he was ever that happy with me as I could not let him outside as there are too many coyotes and hawks in the neighborhood and kitties frequently disappear.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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So sorry for your loss. Sounds like you took great care of him while you had him. And I got a smile out of your story of "the world's biggest hairball." :-)

RIP Hairball!
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I am very sorry for your loss of Hairball Kitty. It sounds like he was quite a character. RIP Hairball Kitty, aka Alphie.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You're a wonderful son for taking care of your parents' Alphie when they no longer could. You gave him two years he may not have had otherwise, and no doubt, even though you felt he was never your cat, he appreciated what you did for him.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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RIP, Hairball Kitty. It sounds like you took wonderful care of him, even though you hadn't planned on being a kitty Momma. Your parents and he are smiling down on you for your loving heart.
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