A little over a year and a half ago, I was here to grieve the loss of my oldest cat, Stormy, who had to be put to sleep. Unfortunately...I'm back again, as my second and youngest cat, Sasha, passed away in my arms this evening.
Sasha had been battling breast cancer since about January or February. It's extremely aggressive and has a high mortality rate. Apparently, waiting to spay your cats can increase their chance of breast cancer. I had no idea. If me or my mom or dad had any idea, she wouldn't have been unspayed for so long...she was an indoor cat, and it wasn't until a pyometra infection that could have killed her then did we finally have her spayed. If I had any clue...please, if you're passionate about spaying and neutering your pets, I IMPLORE you to emphasize the health risks of not spaying female cats.
Over the past week, her health had been declining rapidly. She had surgery to remove one tumor back in early March, but they grew back. It got to the point where she was refusing food and water...that's when I knew...she was ready to go. We were going to try to get her in tomorrow to have her put to sleep, but then she ended up passing tonight. She waited until I was with her downstairs...I almost think she waited for me. The image of her twitching and aspirating is going to haunt me for so long.
I've dealt with so much loss the past two years. A friend died of cancer at age 28. Stormy passed away. Both my grandmothers died in the same year. And now, Sasha...we were so close...she was my best friend for the past ten years. Mom found her as a stray. [A pregnant stray, as we'd find out!] She had so much personality. And she was so smart, too...
Sasha was my last pet. I don't want any more pets for a long time now but at the same time, I'm going to be so lonely...I've had at least one pet with me since I was 9, and I'm 28 now. I love you so much, Sashie...I hope you knew that...
09/2002 - 11/23/2016
5/2008 - 4/27/2018