The sad truth to sharing your life with anyone is that eventually there will come a time to say good-bye. Last week, two friends of mine dealt with this first-hand when their beloved cats died. Both cats had been sick and the terrible decision of whether or not to euthanize needed to be made. This choice is agonizing even though you don’t want to see your cat suffer, you also aren’t ready to let go. Some people say that you will know when the time is right. I’m not so sure.
When Kiggy was ill, it took me by surprise. She was 16 and was slowing down, but she seemed very healthy. At her regular vet checkup earlier that year, she came through with flying colors. I thought we still had years together, so it was a shock when I took her in for a mild cough only to find that her lungs were filled with fluid. We never knew exactly what was wrong. They initially thought cardiomyopathy, but her heart was fine. Most likely it was cancer. After two weeks of care and hoping she’d get better, we opted for euthanasia. She wasn’t eating and her breathing was increasingly labored. It was the right decision, but it was agonizing. Read the rest of this entry »