Parenting after 35

Cheer me up, girls.

My 17 year old tiger siamese, Chloe, has an appt at 5 today for "the shot."

She's being going downhill for months and for the past two days has really taken a turn.  Can't really walk, barely eating or drinking, etc.  I could do things to keep her going, but in the long run, is it worth it?  I honestly don't think she'd last the weekend.

DH is out of town until tomorrow afternoon.  He's just sad he can't be here for me.. tolerated the cat but really isn't as attached to her as I am... She was here way before him.

My neighbor is a vet tech and took care of her while we were on vacation.  Gave her pain killers, injections for dehydration, you name it to keep her going.  But I'm of the belief that you really can't just prolong the inevitable, ya know.  So I'd stopped doing those things earlier this week.

On Tuesday we had a nice day out in the backyard.  She was at my side the whole afternoon.  I plan to take her out again today to lie in the grass for a while.

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Re: Cheer me up, girls.

  • I'm sorry to hear this, but it sounds like you really are making the best decision for her comfort. It sounds like she has live a good long life though.

    Maybe make sure you have some good pictures of her for future memories?

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  • I'm sorry. It sounds like you've made the right decision for her. Hugs

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  • Please find comfort in the fact that being a good pet parent is doing the right thing for them, no matter how hard it is for you. It's part of the deal and one of the most selfless acts of mercy you can give her.  I know exactly what you are going through, having lost my 15 year old cat to kidney failure in April. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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  • I'm so sorry.  But I'm glad you are listening to her cues and letting her go quickly and painlessly.  I had to put my guy to sleep almost 2  years ago and hardest thing I ever did.  But the best for him.  Between his kidney and thyroid issues, plus arthritis, he was in pure misery.  And you could tell.  When he stopped eating and was trying to sneak off and hide, I knew it was time.  Big hugs.  Just remember you are doing the best thing for her, which is sometimes the hardest for us.

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  • I am so, so sorry BB. My last kitty, whom I considered my first child, needed the shot when I was pregnant with DS1 and it made me sadder than I have ever been by a ginormous margin. I have a new furry love, adopted her a month after my kitty died so she could get used to us before DS was born, but I still get choked up thinking about my other girl.

    This just makes me so sad for you. Have a nice cuddle with Chloe outside and tell her that you love her. I'll be thinking of you guys.


  • Remind yourself that you are doing what is the most humane for your pet given its condition.  It's one of the hardest things for any animal lover to have to do but it is absolutely the right thing to not prolong suffering.


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  • I'm so sorry! Poor little furbaby ... I know we would be distraught if either of ours needed the shot. But you know you're doing the right thing and so do all the PPs. Sounds like you had a great day together this week and I'm sure she is going to miss you!
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