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Re: [FH] Bleach is gone...

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  • Jenny Krieg
    Isako, I am so very sorry. Words fail. Jenny
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 2, 2002
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      Isako, I am so very sorry. Words fail.

    • Jan
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 3, 2002
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        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@...>
        To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
        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
        > habits.
        > 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.
        > Bleach--
        > 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
        > Isako
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