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Cobweb

After a lot of thought and a lot of tears, we've decided that it's time to say goodbye to Cobweb. Our usual vet is only in the office M-Th, and we definitely wouldn't want to see a different vet for this particular visit, and so we've made an appointment for Monday afternoon. This gives us a last few days to spend with our stripey cat before she's really gone.

She and I have been together for 17 years, and I can't imagine the house without her, but she's been increasingly sick (as most of you know) for more than two years now with renal and intestinal ailments, and in the last month or two she has developed some (possibly senility-related) behavioral problems. It finally just seemed like it was time.

I'm usually not a fan of euphemisms -- they often simultaneously amuse and annoy me -- but in this case, I find myself shying away from the words "die," "dead," and "kill." That's what will be happening, of course, but for right now I'm just going to spend some time with my cat with an awareness that this time is fleeting, and avoid those words even in my thoughts as much as possible.

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ocannie
Mar. 30th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Kimberly. It's never easy to prepare oneself to say a final goodbye to a loved one. Cobweb is so lucky to be so loved by you and Shannon!
zubiemom
Mar. 30th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Losing a member of your family (and that's what our dogs and cats are) is terribly painful. Try to take comfort in the knowledge that you gave her a long life filled with love and security.
wesleysgirl
Mar. 30th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry. *HUGS*
hannahsarah
Mar. 30th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
So very sorry. :-(

Kitties live very much in the moment, so I'm sure she'll know she's very loved, right up until the end, when she falls asleep for the last time.

{{{hugs you hard}}}
christophera
Mar. 31st, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
You and Shannon have my deep sympathy and empathy — I've been in the same situation several times with my pets, and it is always such a hard decision. As a visitor in your home and a reader of both of Shannon and your blogs, I know how much she meant to you. Cherish these last days with her and celebrate her years as a faithful companion.
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