I don't know if anyone remembers me asking for advice and positive thoughts for my kitty Misty a month or two ago. DH and I did some serious thinking last week (following a dream I had about her where she loved all over us then turned and walked away and disappeared) and decided it is time to say goodbye to her. I called the vets office last Tuesday and made arrangements for this coming Saturday. I have had almost a week to prepare myself so far. It is not easy.
If you don't remember...She is 17 and I have had her since she was 6 weeks. About 6 months ago she started having an issue with her front left paw...the vet has come to the conclusion that she has a tumor in the neural sheath in her left shoulder, which has caused her paw to curl back with the pads of her paw pressed against her leg. Early during the injury, she developed an abscess from a pressure point and no meds have been able to clear it up. At first the vet was pushing toward amputating the leg, but given her age and the cost of the procedure, DH and I dismissed it almost immediately. As a result of everything, the wound smells and she has slowed down tremendously.
Within the past few weeks she has stopped grooming herself. I've been brushing her daily and using a waterless shampoo to try and combat the odor. Other than that we have been spoiling her with treats and canned food, which she still loves, thankfully.
I plan on spending every moment I can with her this week. Currently she is lying on the recliner between my legs. I can't imagine how hard this is going to hit me come the weekend. DH, my mom, dad, sister, and I will all be with her when the time comes.
Knowing I've been in your thoughts has helped me already. Any others you can spare for us are greatly appreciated.
This is a picture of Misty about 15 years ago with her only litter of kittens
And this is my pretty girl doing what she does best...relaxing and looking lovely.
BFP #2 still waiting...