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My cat is dying


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I skipped the last week of school (took a mental health week) and stayed with a friend in Toronto. Today I decided that I'd come stay with my parents for a couple of days.. I hadn't even been in the house for five minutes when my mom gave me the news.

Our older cat is dying.

He was blind in one eye for as long as we've had him.. now she thinks the other eye is gone or close to going.. and you can tell that he doesn't really know where he is.. He won't meow. He won't purr.

And he stopped eating. He won't eat anything. He's on my lap as I write this and I'm crying so hard that I can barely see what I'm typing.

I love Riley so much. I can't imagine this house without him here. He's been a major part of my life for eleven years now (he was an adult cat when we adopted him).. this is the cat who could ALWAYS tell when I was upset and he'd always come and lay beside me and cheer me up.. this is the cat I put one of my candy raver necklaces on years ago when I was a candy kid.. and he became attached to it and would get mad if you ever tried to take it off..

And now he's just laying sprawled on my lap and I can tell he's so very close to the end and I don't know what to do.


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yes he will be happy in kitty heaven.

i say you put him to sleep to minimalize his confusion and suffering.


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that's a real hard place to be in... I had no memories before my favourite cat and it was so diffucult when we had to make the decision to put her down. to me, she was the best cat in the universe. I feel where you're coming from.

just know that cats have feelings too and I'm sure he knows you love him. maybe you can find some comfort in that.


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It's always painful for a pet-owner to know that their pet is suffering and I can sympathize with what you are going through. I bet that Riley loved you and that he lived a full and happy life under your care.

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I feel for you, I really do.
I know how much it hurts to lose a pet, I've lost 2 cats and a dog...I grew up with all three. The most recent was my dog this past summer, he was 14yrs old. My mom took him to the vets one day to be groomed... they discovered a lump and told us he had about 2 weeks to live! In those 2 weeks I watched my dog deteriorate so rapidly. He went from being perfectly fine to sleeping all day/not eating/loss of bladder control/puking all day. He was so weak I had to carry him around, he couldnt even walk over a step. It broke my heart.

Its going to be hard, but just think of all the good memories...your cat had a good life.
I highly recommend taking him to the vets so they can determine whether or not he should be put down immediately. It sounds like he's in a lot of discomfort.

~Lori <---sending you warm thoughts.


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stargurl im sorry to hear this. but try and find comfort in the fact that you gave him a great adult life, you guys developed an awesome bond, and he can spend the last of his days in a loving home, and pass on surrounded my the ones who treasure him. feel better soon...


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aww i read about this on loopz but felt like responding here instead.
that is such a sad story

you need hugs!




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I'm really sorry to hear this....
I'm an animal lover and animals, particularly dogs have been a part of the 25 years of my life.
Animals comes and goes...

Why don't they have a longer lifespan?
They should....they deserve it...


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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Lexicon:

Animals comes and goes...

Why don't they have a longer lifespan?
They should....they deserve it...
I believe much has to do with the food we feed them...

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Riley passed away not long before 9:00 tonight.. we spent the day together on the couch.. I only got up twice to go to the bathroom.

He died in my arms. Oh god I miss him.

I love you Riley cat.


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I was in grade two or three when we got riley.. we've always been so close. Two summers ago I lived alone in london and he came and lived with me.. he was always there for me. always. It was all I could do these past few days to be there for him.
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"Cats know how to obtain food without labour, shelter without confinement and LOVE without penalties." - W.L George


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Well.. my parents still have Kalica (a female cat we adopted at the same time as Riley) and a 9-year-old dog named Sammy..

Plus they're getting a 45 gallon aquarium tomorrow (I think.. that was the plan before Riley even passed away)..

So I don't know.


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I am very sorry to hear this.


I hope that your memories with this cat will stay with you.
Here is a part of a writing i really liked this week:

"It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an
hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but
it takes a lifetime to forget someone.~
There are moments in life when you miss someone so
much that you just want to pick them from your dreams
and hug them for real.
~Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go;
be what you want to be, because you have only one life
and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to
keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.
~Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt,
those who have searched, and those who have tried, for
only they can appreciate the importance of people who
have touched their lives.
~Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends
with a tear. The brightest future will always be based
on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life
until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone
around you was smiling. Live your life so that when
you die, you are the one smiling and everyone around
you is crying.

best wishes.