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Old 03-21-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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We had to put our 16 year old cat to sleep tonight

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.


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Old 03-21-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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My tears and feelings are with you tonight, I had to put down my favorite kitty and I cried for a week. they are our children with a furry coat.

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Old 03-21-2008, 09:28 PM   #3
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I am so sorry you had to go thru this, you are right our pets just don't live long enough. I have had to put down two dogs in the last four years, I insisted on being there and holding their heads in my lap until the end. It really hurts but hopefully we will be re-united with them again.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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I'm sorry to read about your Mr. Hayden. I'm tearing up as I write this. We have always been cat owners and know what it's like to lose an old family friend.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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Aw, Toots, I'm so sorry. It's really awful to lose one of our furry family members. 16 years! He was really your boy. I'm glad it was peaceful for him but me heart goes out to you and hubby.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:37 PM   #6
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Oh Toots,
I'm so sorry..I've had to put my best friend down about a year ago and it still hurts me..Your little friend is now at peace..You did the kindest most loving thing we can do for our pets..You stopped the pain..That kitty new he was loved...I wish you comfort and peace.

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Old 03-21-2008, 09:39 PM   #7
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I am so sorry for your loss. I do know how you feel.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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Toots, your kitty trusted you to care for him, and you absolutely did. I've been there more than a few times now at my age, and it is always so hard. Seems like they just stay in your heart forever. Allow yourself to grieve and be kind to yourself. You deserve it.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:41 PM   #9
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I'm so sorry. Lily Lily Queen of cats sends her love too.
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:42 PM   #10
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You know, we started a gardening section here, maybe we should have a pet section as well?? With so many of us being pet lovers, we could be sharing all kinds of support and tips with each other, as well as amusing stories and pictures.
Just a thought.

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