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Old 08-21-2006, 08:18 PM   #11
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Middie... it has been a rough year for you. I am so sorry!

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Old 08-21-2006, 08:24 PM   #12
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Middie, it's the most difficult thing that I've ever had to do. My heart breaks for you.

But, as my vet told me, your cat will let you know when it's time - there will be no doubt in your mind that when you know "it's time", you have done the right thing.

After the fact, a new kitten helps to ease the pain.


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Old 08-21-2006, 09:13 PM   #13
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I'm so sorry. I love animals, and I know how hard it is to lose a pet. I've lost five pets over the years (if you don't count goldfish). Its heartbreaking to see them suffer I know. But have you considered having the back legs amputated after she gets checked out if they decide they're unfixable? I know several two and three legged animals that still live long pretty good lives with a dissability. And like everyone is saying, definatly make sure there are no other options first, because you never know.
And by the way, Disney is an adorable name for a cat.
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:03 AM   #14
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So sorry Middie! We'll all be thinking of you and your Disney.
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:38 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear the news Middie.
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:44 AM   #16
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my heartfelt sympathies, middie.

tell her "cats rule, dogs drool" for me.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:24 AM   #17
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Trust me, I feel your sorrow right up there with you at this moment... but keep in mind, Disney is now crossing the rainbow bridge, to an eternally beautiful place, where she can run around freely again, and will meet another new arrival there, my dear Napoleone, my beloved hamster... maybe not in this world, but over there, I am sure they can be very good friends...
She will be watching over you from there, too... so don't let your smile disappear. She would like to see that on your face.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:13 AM   #18
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The very same thing happened to our healthy, happy cat, who was 12. I watched her come up the garden dragging her back legs behind her. Took her to the vet who said it was arthritis, and gave her anti inflammatory injections/steroids - and she now has long-term painkilling injections every two months... she walks with a kind of 'hobble' gait, but the vet says she is not in pain - so..... she lives to fight another day - it has now been about 18 months, and she has adapted well to not being quite so active. And the bird population in our gardens all heaved a mighty sigh of relief at her inability to run and catch them

I really hope that something can be done for your cat.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:29 AM   #19
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My absolute sympathy Middie.
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:23 AM   #20
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Oh middie, this is so sad........i will be thinking of you today......come join us at the tub when you feel like it and we can help you talk about it...

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