Time to say goodbye

We are struggling a bit over here as we try to accept that it’s almost time to say goodbye to Girl Cat. She’s been in renal failure for a while now (definitely over a year, although who knows when it started). We hospitalized her over the summer to have her system flushed out with water, and she got much better after that. But all of a sudden she got really sick over the weekend. She lost a pound since her follow-up visit last week (at which her kidney levels were elevated again, but not terribly so). She’s got kidney stones now and was at the vet getting pain meds and fluids from Tuesday through Thursday. We have decided not to put her through any more agony because even if she were able to pass these stones, she’d still be a sick and fragile cat. And she probably wouldn’t understand what all the tests and treatments mean, so her final days (weeks/months) would be full of fear and discomfort. We picked her up on Thursday along with pain meds. We’ll keep her comfortable as long as we can at home and then will have her put to sleep at home, as peacefully as we possibly can. We are very sad — she’s not yet 7 and we expected to have another 10 or more years of her love. But at this point we’d only be keeping her alive for ourselves, so we’re going to let go. For now, she’s still eating and drinking and the pain meds seem to help. But she’s hiding under the bed, which is very unusual, so we know we can’t drag this out for too long.

Here’s a photo from 2009 when she still felt good:

A sleepy time photo from 2008:

And an action shot from her first Christmas in 2006:

Thanks for all of your good thoughts for her — she’s brought us much happiness over the past 6 or so years and we are very sad to see her go.

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One Response to “Time to say goodbye”

  1. My thoughts are with you both right now! I know it’s hard but at least you know she won’t be suffering and she will be with those that love her. Please give her a kiss from us. Love you both!