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Reply #35 on: April 12, 2011, 05:55:29 PM

Isn't Depressing Pet Death Thread redundant? 
Some pets are pretty obnoxious.
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Reply #36 on: April 12, 2011, 10:58:36 PM

Like the pit bull that attacked a neighbor's dog the other week...  I blame the owner more than the dog, but the screams from the owner drew the whole neighborhood outside.  I almost ran outside with a gun thinking the damn thing was attacking a person.

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Reply #37 on: April 13, 2011, 12:37:44 AM

I get the 'blame the owner not the dog' thing. I really do. But fuck pit bulls. Since apparently 99% of owners are fucking scumbags who have no control over those things. Living next door to a rotating hive of scumbags and their dogs didn't help my opinion (and I work with the landlord's mother from that apartment, so get updates on the continuing scumbaggery).

Also, fuck cat ladies who don't spay/neuter or even seek basic medical care for their cats. Lady, you aren't helping those cats, you're abusing them. One cat that is Bart's age (3 yrs) has had four litters and is pregnant, never had shots.

In depressing news, when I took Mr B into the vet this morning for bloodwork, a friend was admitting his Maine Coon who has chronic gum disease and things look gloomy for the poor thing. Also, while I had Bart perched on a window for some sun to relax him, the vet's resident cat decided to hop up next to him..he growled and lashed out (he was in the carrier, though) and then when I removed the other cat he sat tensed in the corner...cue the technician "We're ready for Bart." I laughed and warned the poor fellow.

The Bartman goes in for dental cleaning tomorrow, right now he's pouting because he's on food and drink restriction (they knock him out for the procedure...which is very wise). Routine, but still...it hasn't been very long since I watched a lethal injection of the very same sedative used to put down my mother's cat and any surgery can go bad. I'm a basket case. He also hasn't been away from home all day since being neutered over two years ago.

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Reply #38 on: April 08, 2012, 08:46:23 PM

I ask all of you please hug your pets, and tell them how good they are an how much you love them. I had to put my Thumper to sleep last night. The world is not better for this. He was a part of me, and no matter how my day went, he was always there, purring, just wanting to sit next to us. congenic heart failure attached him suddenly last night sometime before we came home from dinner, he was fine that morning, and after work. He was even purring, even though we knew he was in pain. He was purring and happy and trying to sit on my mouse hand just before we went out. Cogenic heart failure and blood clots. I feel like I have lost a part of my personality, the part that purred with one simple look, and never would stop as long as there was someone to hear.

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Reply #39 on: April 10, 2012, 08:28:11 AM

I guess I am too selfish, part sociopath or just a heartless bastard (or a mix of all three), I do love animals and my dog is the best dog ever.  That said he is nearing the end of days now and I am at the point where I would just rather have it behind me.  If it wasn't for the fact that he doesn't seem to be in pain (or at least the $100 in painkillers he eats a month seem to be working well) and still seems fairly content/happyish I would have put him down already.  When he finally does go I have a feeling that the strongest feeling I will be experiencing is relief.
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Reply #40 on: April 10, 2012, 08:33:27 AM

I guess I am too selfish, part sociopath or just a heartless bastard (or a mix of all three), I do love animals and my dog is the best dog ever.  That said he is nearing the end of days now and I am at the point where I would just rather have it behind me.  If it wasn't for the fact that he doesn't seem to be in pain (or at least the $100 in painkillers he eats a month seem to be working well) and still seems fairly content/happyish I would have put him down already.  When he finally does go I have a feeling that the strongest feeling I will be experiencing is relief.

For whatever reason, mostly because I am a bad person, I feel this about people more than animals.

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Reply #41 on: April 10, 2012, 09:38:17 AM

I guess I am too selfish, part sociopath or just a heartless bastard (or a mix of all three), I do love animals and my dog is the best dog ever.  That said he is nearing the end of days now and I am at the point where I would just rather have it behind me.  If it wasn't for the fact that he doesn't seem to be in pain (or at least the $100 in painkillers he eats a month seem to be working well) and still seems fairly content/happyish I would have put him down already.  When he finally does go I have a feeling that the strongest feeling I will be experiencing is relief.

For whatever reason, mostly because I am a bad person, I feel this about people more than animals.

I just put myself in the place of the dog, if I were in his condition and the road ahead were all downhill I think I would want to be put down.
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Reply #42 on: April 10, 2012, 09:49:58 AM

People handle end of life differently.  I'd be in pain whether it was my mom or my cat, but I can understand feeling relief that it's over, too.

As long as you love them, I don't think there's anything wrong with how you approach it.

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Reply #43 on: April 10, 2012, 06:44:16 PM

When Gilly and Usagi were both finally at the End, I felt both. Deep sadness they were gone, relief they weren't suffering. It helped that in both cases, we knew it was coming, it was just a matter of judging the "when." People who lose pets suddenly, I have no idea how they deal with it, I'd be a total fucking mess.

'Course I felt the same sad/relief mix about my final grandparent passing away. Relief outweighed sadness by quite a margin, though, as it had been what felt like a long, slow process ... which made plenty of room for guilt! But the same was true for my dad (it was his mother) so we got to bond about that a bit.


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Reply #44 on: April 10, 2012, 08:22:41 PM

Relief is fairly normal. And like most human reactions, it seems to designed to fuck you over by making you feel bad about yourself.

And by "normal" I mean "people often feel that way about other people dying" -- if the end is lingering, generally.

My vet's rule of thumb is basically "If the dog is happy to see you when you come home and greets you at the door, it's probably not time yet".
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Reply #45 on: July 25, 2013, 09:44:42 AM

Fuck, sorry for bringing up this depressing thread, but, yeah, me and my mother decided to put down my 18 yrs old cat, Fido (we have another one, called Pluto, who is almost 14 and also a dog) to sleep. : her kidneys basically stopped working, luckily in a not so long span of time. She has been weaker and weaker (eating and drinking less and less), started to emit those deep "meows" which are always a bad sign; this morning, while trying to walk, she stumbled a couple times, so hey, what the fuck, let's end her suffering. We dug an hole ourselves in our small  courtyard, and that's it.

She's has been, by far, the pet I grew most attached to and, at least personally, the demonstration on how cats too can give you attentions and affection: always climbing on the bed when I did it, climbing on my back when I started to sleep, purring like crazy, rubbing our heads together and so on and so forth. She filled an "affective" hole I definitely experienced for a long time.

I feel that, now, the hardest moments are behind me, but still...while walking around the house, it comes natural to have a glance at the places she used to sleep and relax, so yeah, for now the feeling of emptyness persist. Goodbye, my dear.



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Reply #46 on: July 25, 2013, 09:48:12 AM

Sorry to hear about your cat  huh

The positive thing is that you had 18 great years, which is a lot of time for a cat. Ours usually didn't live past 14.

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Reply #47 on: July 25, 2013, 12:58:08 PM

Sorry to hear that Lucas.  These stories about old cats make me sad.
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Reply #48 on: July 25, 2013, 01:07:07 PM

So sorry, Lucas.   Heartbreak  

I remember when the dog I grew up with died.  We had him from the time I was about two or three until I was 16.  For ages I would "step over" him, or the shadow of him or something.  Sometimes I still see flashes of  him curled up on the floor or lying in front of the screen door.  I don't think it's an odd thing though.  I bet lots of people experience that feeling and it doesn't startle me.  

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Reply #49 on: July 25, 2013, 02:22:36 PM

Sorry for your loss, Lucas. If its any consolation whatsoever, a cat dying of kidney failure means she dodged every possible bullet she could before the system wore out on its own. Kidney failure in cats is essentially the built in timer. Still, hate those empty window sills.

I should get back to nature, too.  You know, like going to a shop for groceries instead of the computer.  Maybe a condo in the woods that doesn't even have a health club or restaurant attached.  Buy a car with only two cup holders or something.

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Reply #50 on: July 25, 2013, 02:41:59 PM

Ah bad luck Lucas :(

Our two cats are 19 and 18 right now, it's a ripe old age for a kitty.

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Reply #51 on: July 25, 2013, 02:47:38 PM

I'm very, very sorry for your loss.  18 years is a good, long life for a cat.  It sounds like your family were the perfect guardians for your cat. 

To me, my first cat's death is still a bit raw, even after five years.  I miss that guy terribly, still.  :( 
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Reply #52 on: July 25, 2013, 03:03:07 PM

Sorry about your kitty, Lucas. :(  Hope your other cat and the dog don't grieve too hard and have issues, too.

It took me a good long while to stop looking for my dog at the base of the stairs whenever I was home from college.  My parents had to put him to sleep because his only kidney was failing and his eyesight was going, they were worried he was going to fall down the stairs. 

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Reply #53 on: July 25, 2013, 03:38:32 PM

Thanks a lot for your kind words, folks  Heart

Yes, she basically died of old age, we loved her and she absolutely loved us back, so that, together with the memories, makes me really happy (beside the melanchony of the situation, of course). Our other cat has been always very placid and right now he's apparently pretty calm, although he's looking around the house quite often :/ . Of course we pet him more than usual today :D (dog is away with my mother's fiancee for the rest of the week).

Before these two, we had another cat from 1981 'til 1999, so we consider ourselves quite lucky when it comes to the health of our pets, yeah :).

While, just like men, each pet is unique, one (among others) positive aspect is that, when one pet dies, you can bet there is another one, somewhere out there, ready to give you the same amount of unbiased love if you can embrace it.

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Reply #54 on: July 30, 2013, 05:20:41 AM

Sorry to hear about that Lucas. I went through pretty much the exact same thing 2 1/2 years ago. 18 year old cat, kidneys, sudden onset, then passing. Like Hawkbit, I'm still far from over it, but you seem to have a really good attitude, and I'm sure your kitty was well loved, looked after and cared for - which when it comes down to it is the best kind of life they can have. 

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Reply #55 on: July 30, 2013, 06:16:10 AM

Sorry to hear that as well, Lucas.

My sister-in-law's cat died about two months ago. A cat I had seen all of a dozen times total and that lived, for the most part, 3000 miles away the entire time I've known he even existed. A cat that I was sometimes violently allergic to as well. Still hit me a lot harder than I thought it would when he suddenly went. I suppose it's partly because he was such a huge part of the wife's family. Gonna miss the hyper little SOB next time we go out to visit.

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Reply #56 on: December 12, 2013, 12:35:35 PM

I knew it'd be my turn to post in this thread some time soon :(


We had Sputnik put down this morning, 17 years old. She'd been diabetic for 2 years and it finally took its toll. She had a serious hypo a couple of weeks ago and she never really recovered fully from that. The last 48 hours were rough, as she lost her appetite entirely and by this morning it was clear that enough was enough.

She was a proper special kitty, much loved, the friendliest, cuddliest cat ever, and it's going to be a difficult time adjusting to her not being here any more. I helped her be born and I held her as she died, she's going to leave quite a hole in my life.

She'd now buried in the front garden, and we've planted a holly bush above her, which is nice.

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Reply #57 on: December 12, 2013, 01:38:11 PM

I'm sorry.  It does sound like she had a long and wonderful life though. 

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Reply #58 on: December 12, 2013, 01:44:10 PM

Sorry Apoc, its never easy.

I just heard that my sister was about to put down my favorite of her cats, Hades. She was barely walking and not eating, so they took her in to the vet. Turns out she's diabetic, and apparently going to stick around for a while yet. This was a big relief for me - I raised the cat for her as a kitten for a couple months while she moved, and the cat still seems to recognize me 13 years later, even though I only see it once a year.

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Reply #59 on: December 12, 2013, 03:03:52 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss.  I agree, though... it sounds like you really gave your cat an awesome life. 
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Reply #60 on: December 12, 2013, 03:10:46 PM

I'm sorry apoc. Losing a pet is never easy.
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Reply #61 on: December 12, 2013, 03:50:37 PM

Sorry to hear about your kitty, Apoc. It's always rough.  Heartbreak

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Reply #62 on: December 12, 2013, 05:27:06 PM

You have my condolences, it's hard to lose a kitty.
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Reply #63 on: December 12, 2013, 05:31:57 PM

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Reply #64 on: December 12, 2013, 06:15:07 PM

So sorry man.

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Reply #65 on: December 13, 2013, 01:00:36 AM

TYVM everyone, she did indeed have a very happy, full kitty life!

Bunk, that's exactly what happened with us, 2 years ago we thought she was a gonna, vet diagnosed her as diabetic and thing improved massively with insulin treatment. We consider the last couple of years of her life a gift really, she'd not have had them otherwise.

Anyway, thank you all again for your kind words. Now we've got a huge heap of diabetic cat food for our other cat (Sputnik's mum, Zebedee, in fact) to eat :p

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Reply #66 on: December 13, 2013, 03:44:43 AM

I ask all of you please hug your pets, and tell them how good they are an how much you love them. I had to put my Thumper to sleep last night. The world is not better for this. He was a part of me, and no matter how my day went, he was always there, purring, just wanting to sit next to us. congenic heart failure attached him suddenly last night sometime before we came home from dinner, he was fine that morning, and after work. He was even purring, even though we knew he was in pain. He was purring and happy and trying to sit on my mouse hand just before we went out. Cogenic heart failure and blood clots. I feel like I have lost a part of my personality, the part that purred with one simple look, and never would stop as long as there was someone to hear.

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Reply #67 on: December 18, 2013, 09:40:22 AM

We lost one of our kitties yesterday. We adopted Carmen as a 7 year old and had her for 7 years. She wasn't an intentional adoption, we'd found the perfect black kitten through petfinder and when I went to meet her, they opened the pen and this little black and white cat hopped up into my arms. It turned out she was from the same home as the kitten, and we ended up taking both. She didn't have an easy life from what we can figure. The owners apparently neglected them, let their cats breed, and then just uncermonoiously dumped them on the shelter. It was 3 weeks before we even got to take her home because of complications when the shelter had her spayed. She was a gentle wonderful cat in the somewhat reserved yet affectionate Queen Cat mode and a perfect contrast to the big black dopey cat that the kitten became. Two years ago, she had a sudden kidney failure. We'd just come into some new income from writing and we took a chance on treating her with intense hydration, she fought like hell, and rebounded and her levels went back to normal. We had a recurrence this weekend, but this time she didn't respond. They did a lot of tests and think she probably had been on one kidney for the whole time we had her and her past just caught up with her.

She was just a lovely cat and used to sit on the desk and watch me game. I know we sure did the best by her, but I can't help but be angry with the savages who had her before us and probably robbed her of a longer life.

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Reply #68 on: December 18, 2013, 10:59:38 AM

So sorry to hear that Numtini :(

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Reply #69 on: December 18, 2013, 02:38:18 PM

Aw, sorry about your kitty, Numtini.   cry

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