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      Friday, June 27, 2014

07:51 AM - 06/27/2014

The topic: Cappy


I don't know what to think. He's doing SO much better this morning. 

When I brought him home yesterday, he hid from me. He didn't want me touching him. He just looked horrible. But as the evening wore on, he quit hiding and didn't mind being petted. And he ate. 

This morning, he was sleeping in the window and even played with my fingers a little. He purred. He got up and ate kibble. A while later I saw him on the patio, eating the kibble I toss out in the morning (I fail to understand why the cats seem to prefer the exact same kibble that fills the feeders when it's tossed out onto the patio). 

Then? He was loving on his blankie. I' m sure many of you have known a kitty who grabs up a piece of cloth in his mouth, starts to knead and purr and do some sort of nasty dance with it. Well, Captain is doing that this morning. He's done it twice that I know of. He hasn't done that in weeks. I'm taking videos of him. I've had to change the camera batteries twice since yesterday afternoon.

So, he's feeling much better. Will today be the day? Watching him right now, I can't see it happening. 

Like Brian said, his time won't be long with us, but maybe it won't be today. 

I sure hope not.

If it helps to make the decision, “I” have decided unless they are in pain and can’t function, I’m going to let nature take it’s course. Let them go when it’s ‘their’ time, not mine.

I was SO ***VERY*** devastated when I lost Niki last year and I let him go on his own terms…I just decided it wasn’t ‘my’ part to play God.

I’ve let too many go in the past that probably could of lived longer lives and I have regretted it terribly.

Just a thought for you.

Posted by BSC @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:55:00 PM

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I haven’t regretted any of them. Usually because they aren’t functioning well any longer. Most that we’ve said goodbye to are in the advanced stages of kidney failure and nothing works. Georgie’s skin was so thin at the end when I’d give him fluids the needle went right through to the other side. When a cat is laying there with a blood clot, like Angel had, there’s no other option. It’s very painful and scary for them.

We’ve had one cat who passed away here at home and that was Maggie. Her heart gave out sometime during the night. She’d never shown any signs or symptoms. As I found out later, heart disease is common in purebred Maine Coons.

But with every other kitty, there was no question. And probably by the time you see this, you’ll have caught up and understood. Watching him trying to catch his breath - brings me to tears just remembering it….it was horrible.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 1:48:02 PM

Yep, I caught up and completely understand. I’d never let any of them suffer, but some of mine are like yours, just getting old(er) and I want them to go on their terms. That was a very difficult decision for me to make and I’m still not sure I can hold to it.

Cody is the one right now that is worrying me. He’s lost so much weight, went blind and is so very unhappy with his situation, but he’s adjusting now and it’s only been a few months.

I recently had to change things around where they live and that confused him…he’s getting used to it now.

Their shelves had cracked where they get up and down and I wanted to add new ones and put beds on them…that messed him all up. I’ve been trying to ‘show’ him how to navigate.

I just shake my head sometimes…the decisions we have to make and how we make them…Niki was the first I’ve ever had leave me like that, assuming the one I had just got (feral kitten) that just dropped over dead one night. Found him when we came home after dinner. Vet said he aspirated on something. I’d had him about a month or so and was working on him, he was such a love.

Posted by BSC @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:28:44 PM

Oh and I meant to say WOW about his skin, even Cody isn’t that bad yet.

Posted by BSC @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:30:19 PM

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