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A Very Hard Painful Decision

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Max has been sick since September. He was diagnosed with a kidney infection then, along with weight loss (lost 2 pounds). Max has been on antibiotics three times now. Since the Saturday before Thanksgiving he has been eating less and less. He is now eating almost nothing. He is 14 years old and is down to 9.5 pounds. Our vet says there is nothing that she can do. We could spend over $600 for an ultrasound that may or may not show anything. I am afraid that he is so weak that even if they found something, he wouldn't survive any surgery. He doesn't want me to hold or cuddle him. He spends all day in his window. My husband took him to the vet today and then I talked to the vet on the phone while he was there. We are making the very hard decision to end his suffering. We are going to call a place that will do the procedure here in our house with us and Ananya (his sister cat) around him. I am hurting so much but I don't want him to suffer. Since we are doing this at home, we will do it on Sunday (hopefully). Both my husband and I will need time to process this and we are keeping our grandchildren on Saturday night. It will be hard to explain to them where Max is, but they will be told the truth that he died. I may not be on much over the next few days. I am hurting.
update: appointment is made for Sunday at 4:30.
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    What a wonderful cat! I also recently got such a fluffy friend. Now I spend all my free time with him. It's good that the service helps me to write essays with my studies. I will give you a link that would also have more time for sport and a cat!
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    I am so sorry to hear about Max and what you are going through. I'm also sorry I just now saw this blog. Even though it is a hard decision he will no longer be in pain. Sending hugs and prayers. emoticon emoticon
    837 days ago
    Our son's cat, Joker, is 14 and has lost weight since spring.
    At least she is still eating at this point. Sorry for your pain.
    840 days ago
    I am so very sorry. I have been through this and nothing makes it any easier. emoticon emoticon
    841 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear this. We have had to do this for a number of dogs over the years. It's heartbreaking. Always remember the wonderful home you've given him. emoticon
    841 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    emoticon So sorry for you its hard but sometimes we need to consider their suffering,
    841 days ago
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    841 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    How wonderful that you have had Max for 14 years!! I had my darling "Mr. Wilkes" the meanest cat ever to all dogs, from the time he was about 4 until he was 16 and then we had to have him "put down." since he'd had two strokes and he was deaf and blind. He was climbing up on the counter and relieving himself which was totally unlike him and we had to hand feed him. We all went with him to the vet and we all cried as he sat there grooming himself.
    I know how much it hurts as I think about the "Wilkester" as my son called him, every day. We found him at the car wash in a dumpster eating dried cake and my son wanted to bring him home. I said "Oh, if he hurts the girl cats, I'll take him to the pound." Of course, he was a total gentleman who allowed them to smack him and he never raised a paw, but he did beat up the rest of the neighborhood. We still tell "Wilkester" stories at all the family gatherings.
    So I understand your hurt for Max.
    841 days ago
    I am so very sorry.

    HUGS and prayers.
    841 days ago
  • FRANKIE-7-30-16
    I know what you are going through I had to put my Miniature Poodle Tuppy laid to rest May 24.He had not been sick he woke up Monday morning and could not walk. I took him to the vet and they keep him to test him and could not find out what was wrong. We had him laid to rest in the sun with family and friends around him. I had him for 11 years. It is extremely hard to deal with. I talked to him and made sure he knew I was there and rubbed his ears until he was gone over the Rainbow Bridge. So sorry for you pain prayers going out to you in time of need.
    841 days ago
    So sorry. It's is hard to loose our little furry family members.
    841 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    I am so sorry, it is a hard place to be in, I faced the same decision with my dear baby boy, a orange and white tabby of 15 years with kidney disease that had both kidney's fail...I am hurting with you, it isn't easy, my prayers are with you... emoticon emoticon
    841 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I recently had my cat die suddenly and have had to have several animals euthanized. It is so very hard, I still miss them all. I try to remember the good times and that they had a loving home.
    841 days ago
    So sorry for ur loss our pets become our babies
    841 days ago
  • LAURA_G3
    Sorry to hear that your going thru all this, but his pain will then end, but don't forget all the great times you had with your cat and how happy he was at one time. All the best to you and your family.
    841 days ago
    So sorry. I just had to put my 13 yo cat down a month ago. He has cancer and got down to 7 pounds. It's so hard to lose a pet.
    841 days ago
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