Kfr1ends
Hello,
   I had to euthanize my 13 year old kitty,Cleo, on Tuesday 8/18 due to lymphoma. It seem to happen very quickly and I still can’t believe she is gone. My heart is so broken and feeling very sad now.
   She had started losing weight awhile ago ,so our vet checked her and her blood sugar was a little high. Thought we might be dealing with diabetes, but in June everything changed. She kept licking her tail and upon further investigation, there was a hole near her tail. We took her to the ER and they did surgery and said it was an anal gland that had ruptured and became infected. She made it through surgery, but had trouble keeping down the medication down. Her appetite declined, but thought it was the medication upsetting her stomach. Her weight continued to decrease, due to her appetite falling off. She did have a reaction with her one ear developing crusting and swelling. The vet said it was an autoimmune reaction to the medicine from surgery. This should have been my first clue we were dealing with something big...
   The vet did full work up on her and stated her bloodwork was perfect. He gave her an appetite stimulant ,but she would vomit it up. He then gave her a steroid shot and she became a different cat... happy, eating and back to her old self. One week later she stopped eating again and the vet did an ultrasound and said no cancer ,but inflammatory bowel disease. He prescribed prednilosone. No luck and she completely stopped eating and was lethargic. After 3 days, she was reavaluated and she had lymphoma instead. Very aggressive and he said she probably wouldn’t make it through the week. We had no other options, but to euthanize her. She was too far gone even to see a specialist.
   I share this story in the hope this will help someone intervene early with their pet experiencing these same symptoms. I can’t believe it happened so quickly,but she was too frail to have anymore invasive procedures.
    I had such a special bond with her and she had such a presence in our home. I miss her so much and really having trouble dealing with her sudden passing. Such a horrible year with the pandemic and my husband had just lost his father before this started with our Cleo!
   Thank you for listening and I hope things get better because the sadness is really overwhelming.
    
   Thank you, 
   Karen
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cat_person
Hello Karen,
I am so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law and your cat Cleo. Your husband must be devastated.
It is heartbreaking to lose a pet that  was part of the family. Unfortunately, we cannot protect our furry friends from fatal diseases no matter how much we love them. You did your best to help your cat. Try to remember the happy moments you had with Cleo. Don't focus on sad memories and keep busy.  We all here are going through similar ordeal. You are not alone. The pain will go away with time, and sweet memories of your cat will stay with you forever. 
Tatiana
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COOKIES4
SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS MY SPARKY FEATHER BABY COCKATIEL BIRD WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOUR FUR BABY ADJUST HE WAS BORN FEBRUARY 14 TH OF 1989 AND PASSED DECEMBER 28TH OF 2O17 I AM DEPRESSED FOR ALMOST 32 MONTHS HE IS HOBE AND SHARE WARMTH  AND FOOD SAFETY.  KISSES HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR BABY
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COOKIES4
ME AGAIN YES THE PANDEMIC HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON ALL OF US THE WONDERFUL CARIBG PEOPLE HER3 WILL HEKP YOU THRU IT AND WRITE ANYTIME SLEEP WITH SOMETHING OF YOUR KITTIES BY YOU HE KNOWS YOU AR3 THERE HE IS SAFE AND NIT AFFECTED BY THE VIRUS.  ♡. MOMMY JOAN AND SPARKY
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Mherzog
Hi Karen,
our stories are eerily similar. We had to put our 9 year old Golden, Xena, to sleep last Tuesday after a sudden cancer diagnosis. We brought her into the clinic on Monday  for a physio appointment and thought we were dealing with worsening arthritis. The physiotherapist felt a lump in her belly, brought in the internist who ran tests and they diagnosed an aggressive form of cancer. They asked how soon we could be there because they wanted to give her the final shots right then. Luckily they were able to give her some relief so that we could bring her home to say goodbye to all her friends and have Claire's Place come the next day for the final visit.
I'm still struggling with the guilt, how could we have missed it? Did we feed her the wrong food? Give her the wrong meds? Exercise her too little-too much? 
The shock of suddenly losing my constant companion is gradually wearing off. It lessens the constant sobbing, but not the grief.  We had so many plans for this fall and winter. 

I've babbled, apologies. I just wanted you to know that I think I can empathise and that I'm here too, listening. 
Marianne
Marianne Herzog
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Kfr1ends
Hi Tatiana,
   Thank you for your kind words and support! I am glad to know we can share stories and help each other during these difficult times!

   Karen
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Kfr1ends
Hi Joan,
  Thank you for the lovely advice and support! I am so sorry for your loss also!
Hopefully time will heal, but it can be difficult when there is a big void in your life without your fur baby. Glad we can all help and support each other during these times!

Karen
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Kfr1ends
Hi Marianne,
  I am so sorry for your loss of Xena! You are correct that are stories are very similar! I guess for me it was so sudden and I thought I was on top of the problem and I wasn’t. My vet was wonderful and had always been correct with his diagnosis, but we were both fooled because her bloodwork was perfect.
  I feel the same way with the guilt and the sudden loss of her, I am also struggling with her loss. I mentioned to my husband,( we are empty nesters), this one has been really difficult to deal with compared to the other pets we have over the years. I miss all my fur babies, but I think with everything going on this year it has made it extra difficult!
  I feel your pain and sadness and hopefully we can help each other get through all of this sorrow. I have the same feelings and doubts that you have, but know we did a great job with our fur babies and they know they were loved very much!
  Thank you for your reply! Nice knowing you are not alone!

  Karen
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boxador_mom
I am so sorry to hear about both your father in law and your Cleo! This is such a difficult time. I hope you are finding support here on this website as well as at home. It’s so difficult facing disease in our pets. I feel like it’s even harder with our cats bc they have evolved to hide their illness and pain. Cleo is so lucky that you were able to treat her when you did and get answers for her condition. It sounds like you did everything you could for Cleo and she had your love and comfort with her until the end (and even now of course) ❤️
Michelle
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Monroegirl
So sorry to hear of your losses. (((Hugs)))
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Kfr1ends
Hi Andrea,
   Thank you for the kind words! It has been a tough couple of weeks, but being here has helped! Knowing we are all experiencing this grief, but we can also celebrate our beautiful fur baby’s life.
    I read about your beautiful fur baby! What a beautiful tribute to her life!
I am so sorry for your loss also! I know this process is difficult, but thank you for sharing your story! Hugs!😊
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Monroegirl
Thank you, Karen. She was such a sweet good girl; thank you for reading our story. I'm glad you're finding some comfort here. 
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