Re: [FH] Bleach is gone...
- Dear Isako,
I'm so sorry to hear about your preicous Bleach. I was crying by the time I
read your post as it reminded me of my Pretty Girl. Always remember that
the happiness and love she gave to you was a reflection of the happiness and
love you gave to her. My thoughts and prayers are with Bleach, and also
with you and Matt.
----- Original Message -----
From: akita328 <akita328@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2002 4:16 PM
Subject: [FH] Bleach is gone...
> I just wanted to tell you that we had to let Bleach go this morning.
> She threw another blood clot Saturday morning and woke us up
> at 6am. Last year it was only her front paw that was affected.
> This time paralyzed her both hind legs which is the worst kind.
> We found her howling in pain and panting rolling around on the
> floor. She was so panic-ed she just kept grabbing me and biting
> me (hard, but no skin broke, as usual). When I brought out her
> cat carrier, she actually dragged herself to it, and clawed her way
> in (I helped her a bit, but she made it in most of the way herself!).
> That was surprising to us, but I guess she knew she needed
> help, or wanted to get off the hard floor onto more confined,
> softer place.
> We took her to the emergency room. They tried to treat her for 24
> hours, but she just got worse. In the course of testing, we also
> found out that she has turned diabetic (ironically, I had planned
> to get a urine sample to my usual vet on the day she got
> hospitalized, since she's been drinking a lot of water). So the
> doctors put her on heparin, insulin and some sedative,
> antibiotics, and pain killer. Last night when we visited her, she
> had just wedged herself in the back corner of the cage, facing
> away from the door. She barely responded to my touch and
> seemed more annoyed by being touched, but at least she was
> somewhat upright. It did not look good at all though, and at that
> point I was starting to wonder if I should have not even tried to
> treat her this time (we knew it was very bad when we took her to
> the hospital, and was fully prepared to put her to sleep
> immediately to spare her the pain, but the vet wanted to try to
> treat her, so we consented).
> But this morning, we got a call from the vet saying that she is
> getting worse, and is starting to suffer badly. By the time we got
> to the hospital, she was totally unresponsive, shallow breaths
> and mewing softly. She was crying out when the vet brought her
> out, but she quickly quieted down as soon as I got to her, so I
> think she recognized me. But she could barely move her head
> lying sideways, and was in obvious distress. So we decided to
> let her go. She went quietly with her head lying on my hand.
> She's been acting out-of-sorts for about 2 weeks, so I guess I
> knew it was coming. I've been letting her out to explore the yard
> and have some fun, and also been trying to give her more of her
> favorite food (she's been an indoor cat all her life, so a
> supervised exploration in the front patio among my potted plants
> was a treat for her). Thanks to the digital camera we have
> several good pictures of her from the night before the ordeal
> started too.
> Poor kitty. We knew this day will be coming, but knowing doesn't
> help, obviously. Matt (my husband) & I are terribly upset, but we
> knew this was the right thing to do. I just wish she didn't have to
> spend her last 24 hrs in a cage in a strange place (although I
> know it helped her with the pain by being there, but it's just not
> home). It's really hard, since she always greeted me at the door
> when I returned home, and followed me around like a puppy all
> her life (very un-cat like behavior). We were so attached to
> eachother, even if Bleach is in deep sleep, she will wake up
> immediately and follow me to the next room if I got up and
> moved. Now I come home to an empty doorway, and no one
> tripping at my feet.
> I miss her terribly already, and having all her momentos around
> the house doesn't help. She was a creature of habit, and there
> are too many articles that has a strong association with her
> We asked for a private cremation and will be getting her ashes
> back in about 2 weeks. I don't know what I'll do after that, but I
> just couldn't bear the thought of communal cremation knowing
> how much she didn't like being with other pets.
> We are now left with one cat (Matt's cat.. one-cat, one-human
> household got combined to two-cat, two-human household
> about 3 years ago). He's usually not very affectionate, and is
> aloof, but for the past day, he's been very gracious about me
> constantly picking him up and petting him (I did that all the time
> to Bleach). But my super lap-kitty is gone, and I feel terrible.
> She had her quirks, but was the gentlest, caring cat I've ever met.
> Born April 1989
> Adopted Jan 23 1990
> Crossed the continent 4 times during her life (got lots of
> compliments from the flight crew on how calm she was!)
> Crossed the bridge June 2 2002
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