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11/12/13 10:16 A

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Thank you all for your insight and kind words. I truly appreciate it and know you all understand. As pet lovers, we've been there and it's never easy.

As I was writing that post I was thinking about Bravy, how he was now and how he was before, as recently as a few weeks ago. I realized that the signs were there, that the time had come to let him go. I went down and talked with my husband, but he still wasn’t quite sure yet. He said let me feed the guys lunch while I think. When he offered Bravy lunch he just walked away and back to his bed. We both saw that as a final sign. We called the vet, they said to bring him in within a half hour. I cried all the way there, petting Bravy and saying goodbye. We said our final goodbyes at the office and the vet hugged Bravy and took him to another room. He was very kind. When we got home we went for a walk. We talked about Bravy part of the way and then just walked quietly. It really helped.

No matter how many times we as pet lovers have to do this it still hurts. But, regardless of the pain of losing a pet, I will always be a pet lover and feel I am a better person because of it.

Thank you for understanding.




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11/11/13 11:59 A

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My heart goes out to you. It is always a difficult decision to make when it comes to our "children." I agree, that when they are no longer enjoying life...running, playing, eating, it is time to let go. What's in the best interest of Bravy?? You have to be compassionate. Is there any chance that Bravy will rally again and if so what kind of life will he have? Letting go is the most difficut thing I have had to do and I have had to let go of many of my kids. So follow your heart, do what's best for Braveheart. Hugs!!!!

Susan



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11/11/13 11:10 A

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(((((HUGS))))))

My poodle Mr. Spot the first lived till he was 20 yrs. old. He had tons of medical problems towards the end. When he wasn't enjoying life, eating/drinking, and able to enjoy the love we gave him, we knew it was time.

You know Bravy better than anyone. Just like with humans, there are many things that precede death, but if they are unable to eat, consistently, that is a definite sign to me.

Prayers and peace to you as you wrestle with this most difficult and tragic of situations. **SIGH**

Love is the root of all things good in life.


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11/11/13 10:54 A

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I know this is a sad topic but it's one I may be facing very soon for our 16 year old Braveheart.

Two years ago he was diagnosed with kidney failure, a common cause of death in older cats. We discussed treatment options, which were a special diet and subcutaneous fluid infusions. We decided that quality of life was the most important consideration so we ruled out the infusions since he's a very shy and sensitive guy, but did try the diet. Bravy has always been a picky eater and stopped eating the special food after about 6 months. We then decided we'd feed him whatever he wanted and keep a close watch for any changes.

Bravy did very good, even amazed the vet at his checkup this past summer. He has lost weight, but not as much as expected. He also remained active and playful, running and wrestling with Henry, going for walks outside with DH, and in general, we noticed few changes.

A couple months ago, Labor Day weekend, he had an episode of weakness and complete loss of appetite. We watched him closely, thinking it was time to say goodbye. However, after about a day and a half he rallied, appetite returned, weakness left, and he was back to his normal activities, running, playing with Henry, no sign of any problems.

The past few days we've seen some changes. His appetite is decreasing, he's sleeping more, not playing with Henry, and sometimes he seems a little shaky when he walks.

I think we'll need to make this decision sooner rather than later, unless he rallies again. How hard this is. We've had a number of kitties over the years but most of the time this decision has been fairly clear cut. We've had kitties with cancer, strokes, paralysis, and deciding when to say goodbye to them seems clearer than when to say goodbye to a senior kitty. My fear is waiting too long, but also deciding too soon.

How do you decide it's time to say goodbye to a senior kitty?


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