Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Birthday and Tears

I felt a lot of love today, my birthday.  My family and my friends sent cards, gifts, wrote on my wall and called.  Even Bucknell sent me this orange and blue birthday wish.
But I find myself tearful as the day draws to a close because this sweet girl,
 with her beautiful blue eyes, isn't doing very well.  You may have seen me ask on Twitter how to give cats pills.  We recently found out she had severe kidney failure and we were trying what we could (outside of a kidney transplant and dialysis) to help her.  But she's taken a turn for the worse this week and today the vet mentioned buying her a one way ticket to kitty heaven.
In the grand scheme of world problems, I know this is small.  I just thought maybe someone could relate.  We're still deciding what to do and I know it's going to be a hard week no matter what.  Blogging has been light and may continue to be light.  Thanks in advance for understanding.

14 comments:

  1. Aw, sweets :( I went through the same thing a few months back and it was so so hard. I've always said the only bad thing about pets is that you'll most likely outlive them and saying goodbye is just beyond heart-wrenching. Just remember that she knows you love her and you've given her so many memories of happiness that she wouldn't have gotten from anyone else.

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  2. @rabitstew - thank you so much - you're right, so many good memories

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  3. ow i'm so sorry to hear that! I'm not a cat person but i can totally relate with a pet getting sick. my first dog, which i had for 13 years got sick, i didn't know what to do. she wouldn't eat or drink and she just was breathing heavy for days. i took her to the vet and he said there wasn't much he could do. i spent all my time with her because i knew i didn't have a lot of time left. a day after the vet she died. it was the saddest thing in my life (at the time) and it took me a few years to get over it. Now, after 5 years I have a new dog and I'm loving him. he's totally different from my first dog and i wasn't sure how that would go at first but now it's great. i'm sorry, pet stuff is never easy!

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  4. Thanks @Amanda! It's our first animal together and Mr. Palindrome has had her for 15 years (he's known her longer than me even!)

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  5. Sorry to hear this, Melinda. Losing a pet is hard! thinking of you.

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  6. This is no small thing. I have animals so I know how attached you become and what a huge part of the family they are. Thinking of you; I know this is a difficult time. :(

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  7. Awww..I have a kitty and I can't imagine how heartbreaking this must be. (hugs).

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  8. What a gorgeous kitty! I'm so sorry to hear this! Losing a pet is seriously one of the worst feelings ever.

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  9. Aw, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. She'll be in less pain and I know that doesn't comfort you like her furry little self would but I'm sending you lots of love and hugs. Losing a pet is never easy. :/

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  10. Oh nos. Thinking of you on your birthday. At least she lived a happy life and she was loved!!!

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  11. Oh Melinda, I'm so sorry. That is just so hard. I have 2 doggies and I dread the day that I have to contemplate what to do about their health. I'm thinking of you.

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  12. Oh hon, I'm sorry. Lots of virtual hugs to you, J and Sam.

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  13. I'm so sorry! It's a very hard decision. I had to put my cat down a couple months ago because at that point it was better for her and she wouldn't be in pain. The toughest decision of my life.

    As for pills, what works for me is taking the cat and cradling her like a baby. One side of her head will be against your body, so she can't turn away, and you can use the opposite hand can shove the pill down. I try to have a treat handy so I can give it to her right after to make it a bit more of a positive association and to make sure the pill gets swallowed.

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