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hard journey

I buried one of our pet cats today.

Ivan was a Siamese cat. He was about 18 years old. He had enormous fangs (hence the name, Ivan the Terrible), but a gentle spirit. More than anything in life, he loved being petted and held. For a long time he was devoted to Randi and wouldn't let me come near him, but we finally made friends, and then he was fine.

For the past year, he'd been getting thinner and thinner, and a bit senile as well. But he could still jump up to get his food, he was eating and drinking normally, and he seemed fine. Then, on Friday, he just stared at the food like he wanted to eat but couldn't. By Sunday, I knew he was dying, and I dug a hole for him. He died Sunday night. I suppose I could have taken him to the vet, but the emergency costs are enormous, and he sank so fast, I didn't have time to consider it much. As it is, I think he was better off here. He didn't seem to be in any pain. Sunday night he just curled up in one of the cat beds. I gave him some food, and while he didn't eat it, he pulled it up close to him so none of the other cats would. My new kitty, Poofer, spent almost all day Sunday with him, just hanging around, and my dog, Paris, gave him a tongue bath. Then he moved to another bed and settled down for the night, and I found him in the exact same position this morning, only cold and stiff.

And that's all I can say, because now I'm crying again.

Comments

I'm so sorry for your loss. *hugs*

I think you did the right thing - if he wasn't suffering, I'm sure he was happier to die at home in his own bed than to be euthanized in a strange place.

I had to smile at him pulling his food up close to him so the others wouldn't get it - what a cat-like thing to do!

Crying is good for your soul. *hugs again* I'm thinking of you.
I'm so sorry for your loss of Ivan. Like many of your older cats, I remember him vividly. I saw him when he was still in his prime and he was magnificent. He was one of my favorites and though he is gone, I'm glad he was able to go on the dignified note he deserved.

*HUGSHUGS*
I'm so sorry, sweetheart. I'm thinking of you and sending my love.
I'm so sorry, Kat. 18 years is a good age for a cat and he had a good life with a loving owner.

*hugs*
Coming in a little late here, but I'm so sorry about Ivan. *hug* My family very recently had to say goodbye to one of our old dogs, and I'm still smarting from that myself.

18 years is an admirable age for a cat, and it sounds like he slipped away in comfort and security.

*hug* I'm sorry.
Aw, jeez. I am so sorry. But what a lucky, happy boy to have been able to live such a long life and pass in his sleep. Don't we all hope to go that way?

Hard on you. Easier on him. He was surrounded by everyone he loved. What a way to go, if you have to.

Sending lots of hugs.