We have a 16 year old cat, Mr. Hayden. Back in November he had something wrong with one of his eyes, it looked like he was squinting all the time. Our vet said he had an ulcer and we gave him drops and an eye gel. After 3 weeks it still was not healed up. Our vet sent us to an animal eye specialist. He prescribed more drops, more gel. Eye still didn't heal up. Finally, the vet took x-rays and did an ultrasound. The results showed a big tumor behind Hayden's eye and going down into his throat. Due to his age and the location of the tumor, our vet said it would be almost impossible to remove the tumor. He said 75% of tumors like this are malignant. So we've been watching Hayden slowly get weaker and slower. In the past week, he had alot of trouble eating and his left cheekbone was puffed out. We knew the tumor was growing.
We took him into the vet tonight and he said it was time. Actually, it was very peaceful. Hayden was given a sedative to make him sleep and then the vet administered the euthanasia drug. I've never been in the room with my pet when this was done. My husband couldn't be in the room, he had to go into the waiting room.
It is so weird to be here at home without Hayden. I know we did the right thing and he is in a better place. Its been a very stressful and sad day.
Our pets just do not live long enough. I know this board has alot of animal lovers who will understand how I feel now.