|Purred: Tue Jul 12, '11 4:32am PST |
|Thank you everyone, thank you Squeakers. So nice to hear everyone's experiences, though sad. I still feel guilty, I can't help but think I let her down somehow. In the end, she had so many handicaps, blind, deaf, seizures, terrible arthritis, and then all her major medical problems, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism. She was incontinent at times as well. BUT, she ALWAYS seemed happy to see me or snuggle with me. Purring the whole time. I really struggled with the decision on whether to euthanize her or not, it was a tough one. Matt and I talked about it daily. He said leave her be, she seems happy to be in her bed and happy when we snuggle her. And her appetite...OH BOY!!! She NEVER missed a meal, even on her last day. She was so patient with everything, tolerated her sub-Q fluids really well, and tolerated the dogs sniffing her whenever they walked by, she even seemed to like the dogs!! I miss my little Loley-Banana, I can't believe she is not here anymore.
We used to say she was "holding court" in the livingroom, because that's where her bed was, right in the center of it all, so she could feel important, and she took her job seriously!!! She layed in her bed all the time, and even though deaf and blind, seemed to know what was going on at all times. In the evenings when we were in the livingroom watching TV, if she started to get up, we would both rush over to help her walk over to her water or her box, she was that arthritic. My word, the tears are flowing now with these memories!!!
By the way, there is another geriatric black and white kitty at the shelter, filthy, terrible hair loss, no teeth (not even one tooth!), seems to have vision impairment, and very emaciated. She was found locked in a fenced-in backyard and couldn't get out because she couldn't climb the fence, too arthritic in her back legs. She was found and brought to the shelter almost one year to the day Lola got to the shelter last year and only about 3-4 days after Lola passed away. Maybe Lola sent her to me? Anyway, she is going to the Vet this week to see what is going on, and perhaps she will come home with us. She eats everything you give her and is so purry and cuddly, poor baby girl. All the volunteers at the shelter have tried to clean her up, and we have flea treated her since she had so many fleas. I would be shocked if she didn't have some kidney trouble as she drinks tons of water. I have a feeling the Vet will want to put her down as she looks terrible and is a sad case, but if not, maybe we will have another geriatric kitty to love!!! I am hoping for the best for her...
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