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the bear

[*] posted on 17-6-2009 at 07:05
My sympathies go out to you Scholar even though the puss was of a good age it still comes as a wrench when the time comes.

Belated regards, The Bear

[*] posted on 17-6-2009 at 06:46
It was the right thing to do.
Kitty would have remembered you. He certainly will be missed.

[*] posted on 16-6-2009 at 18:01
Tim did go to the city, to his mother's house, to spend some time with the cat and say good-bye. Kitty was part of the family since before Tim started school, so he has taken it with great sorrow. I didn't go because I wanted to remember Kitty as he was, when he was better. Since my ex-wife excludes me from every family gathering, Kitty has not seen me for several years. I don't know if he would remember me (and he usually would hide when someone unfamiliar visited--he was shy).

Tim says the vet said Kitty had cancer. He had lost nearly half his weight.

It was the right thing to do, and the right time. He will be missed.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 14:24
It's always hard saying good bye, the last pet that I was involved with was that of a friend. I drove her and Panda (the dog) to the vet, and then helped her give the body a fitting final resting place in her garden. I hope that it goes smoothly and that, despite your separation, you still have some fond memories.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 12:30
Never an easy decision to make no matter what the health of the animal.

I always make it a practice to hold the pet as the injection is administered. That way not only is the pet with someone it loves at the last moment and maybe takes some comfort from that but also to remind myself that it is not a decision to make lightly.

All too often people have pets put down to make their lives easier. The two times I've done it was because of serious health problems on the animals part.

In this case, 20 is a very long life for a cat and to prolong its suffering out of a desire to keep it around is not fair to the cat.

Sometimes you just have to make that tough decision.


[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 12:23
Everyone will be upset but, based on the age and condition you describe, it looks as if they have opted for the thing that will be kindest to the cat.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 08:37
Sorry to hear of your loss Scholar, hang on to the good memories.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 08:35
Sorry for the loss Scholar.
It's a really hard decision to make and then carry it though, but if he is suffering then it;s the right thing to do for him.

Your wife is both brave and kind to have done it for him.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 07:35
I'm so sorry to hear that too. He's lived to a grand old age.
You're son will be so upset too, it's like loosing a member of the family.
Yes, as Snowy says, you'll always have all those memories of the love and joy he brought you.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 07:16
Sorry to hear that Scholar, it is always hard when you lose a pet. 20 years is a good age for a cat though and it has done well to survive that long. If it is in poor health or in pain it is always kinder to have it put down. You will always have good memories of the joy and happiness it has brought to you and your family.

[*] posted on 15-6-2009 at 04:14
Kitty has been the family cat. My ex-wife kept him when she divorced me to marry the boyfriend she met on the internet.

Kitty was originally brought home by one of my daughters as a kitten. At the time, a home was provided as part of my compensation, and it had mice. All the children wanted him.

He is now 20 years old and has multiple health problems. He suffers, and, though my ex-wife hates to have it done, she will have him put to sleep Monday.

My son loves that cat, and will stop by to say good-bye to him tomorrow.

I am saddened at the loss. :(:(:(