February 21st 2006 8:01 am
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The last couple weeks she became increasingly lethargic. She still had an appetite and was able to put up a concert of meows for dinner. However she became a caracature of herself; the tumor grew until she had a pot belly but the bones in her hips and back protruded, her feet were boney and her eyes began to sink in. The fur on her ears began to go missing.
We watched her this weekend. We saw that she labored up the stairs to see us, and when she laid down she pulled her hind legs up to her belly. She purred constantly. She communicated her pain clearly.
Yesterday we took her to the vet. Instead of her usual frantic behavior she watched the proceedings dully. I saw the light vanish from her eyes, the pupils grow wide and distant as the sedatives took away the last fight from her. Then at last her body relaxed. How I little realised how cramped by disease she had been; when death finally came she lay like a healthy cat, her legs no longer clenched to the body. It was truly peace at last and the right thing to do.
Its all yesterdays for Izzy now. No more making silly sounds at birds. None of the flicking tail that said it all; "go away human". Not even the yowling meows or the way she could always find a patch of sun. All yesterdays.
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