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    Default I am so sad - my cat passed.

    My cat chochi had a stroke today.

    He started walking in circles, his one hind leg stopped working, he was very vocal. At the vets, the vet also found other neurological symptoms, including loss of bowel control. The vet basically said that it is either stroke, or one of a couple different conditions that would be impossible or expensive (1000s) to cure.

    So, I elected to euthanize, since the brain damage was likely permanent.

    I feel so guilty that I didn't stay with him at the end. But I was such a wreck and my girls were there. I have had that cat for 10 years. He was the first cat I ever had on my own. I am so sad, I just can't believe it. I feel so terrible about the decision. What if what if what if.

    He was a good cat. I used to spank his bum and call him a bad boy, and he would purr and get really frisky and run all over the house. He loved nipped a lot, he would knead my arm or where ever and then start licking me and then when his purrs were getting so loud that they sounded like a an engine you know he was only seconds away from trying to express his love through his teeth. He wouldn't break the skin - just mouth your skin with his teeth a bit.

    He was a murderous fellow. He once killed an entire family of bunnies, 1 adult and 5 babies. He has killed mice and birds - and this is all in the span of the 6-7 times he manages to sneak outside the house in any given year.

    Chochi was trained to give kisses and come like a dog. He responded well to commands. He swaggered when he walked, and he "talked" if you talked to him first.

    Here are some pictures. He is the grey one. I miss him a lot.




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    Oh Danielle, I'm so very sorry for your loss and you having to go through this today. You did the right thing
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    So sorry.

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    awww, what a beautiful cat.

    I'm so sorry

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    Sorry Danielle.

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    I think you made the right decision too, for what it's worth, but it's so very difficult. I'm so sorry Danielle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyslippers View Post
    I think you made the right decision too, for what it's worth, but it's so very difficult. I'm so sorry Danielle.
    I know I did, but I can't help thinking that maybe I should have held him at the end. Like, what if he was scared or something. But the vet said it takes less than a minute. And again, I had the kids with me and I don't think that watching the cat get put to sleep is a good thing for them.

    But, I know it is totally irrational, but I feel angry that they don't seem bothered by this at all. Like, Chochi has been with them since they were born. He is older then them - but Elaine just wanted to go play with her friend... and alice is too young to understand, but like, I expected something. She is still her normal cheerful self.
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    I'm so sorry for what you are going through - it's never an easy decision, even if it is the right one, to euthanize a loved pet. It sounds like you have lots of great memories of Chochi - he was quite the character!
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    so sorry Danielle.

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    Awwww....I am so sorry. Your kitty sounds a lot like my Jinx, she loves to be spanked, i call her my bdsm kitty and spank her. She does the bitey thing too with licking.

    When I had to euthanize my kitty Harriet after she suddenly got very ill, and her heart could not take surgery, I was a mess. I couldn't work. I worked at a call centre, and I was hysterical blubbering on the phone to customers so they had to keep sending me home. It took me about a week to function.

    I know how you feel, and it sucks. I stayed, but man, it was hard watching her go. We brought her home in a clementine crate wrapped in a towel, and buried her in my backyard, and then the next summer I planted a memorial garden over where she was buried.

    This was over five years ago now, and I still miss her dearly every day. I get teary when I see pics of her.

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    oh danielle, I'm so sorry.


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    So sorry Danielle.

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    I am so sorry...
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    oh I am so sorry. He sounds so awesome

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    So sorry for Chochi's loss, he sounds like a great cat! I'm sure the girls will miss him too, probably they'll have a delayed reaction to his loss. I think it's pretty common for kids to not really understand the whole idea that he's not coming back. Hugs Danielle!
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