December 08, 2011

Missing My Sweet Cat

It happened very suddenly.  Last week we thought my cat had been in a cat fight but it turned out he was in the final stages of cancer (Feline Lymphoma).  Yesterday we chose to put him down.  He declined rapidly and did not respond to steroids or other treatments.  We sought the opinion of two different vets.  The diagnosis was the same.  Honestly, it was so hard to see him suffer.  The decision was easy.  Spare him the pain. 

This is Einstein that first winter we had him.  He was just a kitten still.
  And oh so cute!  

 Saying good-bye is always the hardest part.

Today, I am grateful for the joy this furry little friend brought into our lives for the last two years.  Einstein was a stray cat that found his way to our porch.  This Christmas season, we have decided as a family to contribute the money we would spend on each other to the Tulsa Animal Rescue Foundation.   What better way to honor our sweet Einstein.   

All my love,

17 comments:

  1. Oh I am so sorry for your loss. You are the second family I have heard of in less than a week who has lost their pet. We are dog owner and animal lovers. I can and can't imagine what you are going through.

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss. It makes me choke up just reading this as I have been where you are several times and it is so hard to make those kind of decisions even when you know it's the right thing. What a lucky kitty to have you looking out for him. Take care.

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  3. Aw, what a sweet looking kitty. He knows you LOVED him! Hang in there.
    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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  4. So sorry to hear about your cat. Wishing you much love and comfort in the coming days and weeks.

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  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We did a similar thing with our 17-year-old cat this summer, so I know your sorrow. We also decided to contribute to The Animal Rescue League of Boston this year in honor of him.

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  6. Oh, poor boy, he looks so sad in the last picture. I love ginger cats, I had one when I was younger who looked very similar to Einstein but not as fluffy. :hugs: It's horrible to chose to let them go but sadly it's only fair (also lost a cat to feline cancer when I was a child, poor girl was in so much pain it was heartbreaking) :-( xx

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  7. Very sad to hear of your loss. As i was reading your post, I could feel your love for him. Pets are so much a part of our families so i know what a difficult time this is for you and your family. Sending hugs your way!

    cathy c

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  8. I am so sorry :( I'm about to cry! I lost my childhood cat almost 5 years ago and it's still hard. They really become a part of your family. Praying for you.

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  9. Hi Sally,
    I am so sorry. I had to put down 2 dogs in the last few months and it is awful! Mine like yours was over night and it just had to be done. You have done the right thing without a lot of suffering. Time makes it better. There will always be a special place for him in your heart.
    Tami

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  10. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    --Myra H

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  11. So sorry to hear about your loss :( What a sweetheart he was!

    Five years ago this holiday season we had to put down our old yellow labrador. Her joints had gotten so bad that she couldn't walk and would just cry in pain. Even when you know it's the right choice, it's incredibly hard nonetheless.

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  12. I appreciate everyone's kind words and shared experiences. It really helps to be surrounded in such sweet understanding!

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  13. So sorry to hear about your kitty.
    Blessings to you all.

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  14. You made the right decision. My cat was returned to his home from being 'lost' (he'd wandered off to die, I think) ravaged by the same disease in its last stages. It wasn't pretty. You saved your cat much suffering by making a strong decision for him. Hugs to you; I still miss my Nero.

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  15. I'm so sorry for your loss :(

    Happy Holidays!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

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  16. I am so sorry. I, too, had to make the same decision for my beloved orange cat, Beau in August.

    My prayers go out to you.

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  17. So sorry for your loss, we lost our sweet old Daisy cat to liver cancer this August and it's been hard on our whole family. We hung a special little kitty angle ornament on the tree to honor her memory this Christmas.

    Hugs.

    xoxo
    pink and green mama
    MaryLea

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