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Tough night

May 20th, 2010 at 10:24 am

The vet sent my cat home with me last night hoping I'd be able to get him to eat. But he won't eat or drink... I've never seen him like this before. He's drooling, keeps his tongue out, he looks miserable.

I've tried giving him water with a syringe, letting him rest, and upon the breeder's suggestion... pumpkin. But he just hides in rooms that he otherwise normally would not go, he just wants to be alone. He threw up last night too, which the vet said any amount of vomit would be concerning.

I'm going to take him to the vet one more time and if they say surgery is the only option, we're going to put him to sleep.

The surgery would just be too risky, he's been through too much at this point. So much could go wrong and I could still lose him. He still has barium in his stomach and if that leaks into the abdominal cavity, he could even die from that. He might not even be able to come out of anesthesia. The list goes on... and I've exhausted all my other options.

DH and I talked at length about this. He loves the cat but he doesn't want to do anything to potentially jeopardize our future to save him. Which is entirely logical of him and I know where he's coming from there.

We don't know what is going to happen with our orders... our life after July is a black hole.

But I'm sad nonetheless. He's my first cat and my first pet to die. All my other pets growing up, we either moved or something and I had to find another home for them or they disappeared one day (outside cats). But this cat, he's the first pet I've had that has been with us since he was a baby and till his death.

I'm praying for better news at the vet's... but after spending the night with him last night, I'd have to expect a miracle to think I'll be coming home with a cat who will return to the playful, social cat I knew.

5 Responses to “Tough night”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I completely understand your decision. I'm sorry that you are facing the loss of your beloved pet. ((Hugs))

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I understand your devotion and your sense of responsibility, but sometimes letting them go is the only sane option. Still, it hurts so bad. Hugs.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Hugs to you too. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet. I hI had to put my much loved poodle to sleep at age 14 and I was so grateful that I got to watch her go so peacefully.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    So sorry to read about your kitty. Working in a veterinary hospital I can tell you that some cats can be very sick and make it, but it can take many days and lots of attentive nursing care.
    If you were my client I would tell you to do what feels right to you. Only you know if you've tried your best. Like many have posted already, there is no right or wrong answer.
    ((Hugs))

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    {{{{Hugs}}}

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