|Purred: Mon Jul 4, '11 4:09pm PST |
|Lola has passed away. She had been failing the past few months, and I knew it was coming, but nothing could prepare me for it. I am absolutely heartbroken. I had at least two appointments to have her put down, but then cancelled them when she would act a bit better. She had chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, seizures and she was blind and deaf in the end. I brought her home 1 year ago at age 18 years, dumped because she was "old and had problems", from the shelter where I volunteer. She loved to be hugged and snuggled, and purred whenever I touched her. She had a great appetite despite all her medical problems, so it was difficult for me to tell if she was "ready" to be put down.
Well, she made the decision on her own, on her own terms. She passed away Friday sometime while I was at work. When I left, she had eaten an entire breakfast, and I gave her about 200 cc's of her subcutaneous fluids. She was in her bed, comfortable when I left, and that is eactly how I found her, curled in her bed. I feel incredibly guilty that she passed away alone, I can not forgive myself for that. But, I suppose it is better than being at the Vet, which she HATED.
Goodbye Lola, my beautiful, sweet kitty, you taught more than you will ever know. I am so sorry you had to die alone, but at least you were in your bed, your favorite place....
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