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Bah Humbug....

Not feeling very much in the Christmas Spirit right now. Don't even care if I finish shopping or not.

I came home to my father's house yesterday to find one of my kitties, Gray, very, very ill. She had runny eyes, was drooling stuff no kitty should drool and had stinky breath. Her breathing was shallow and I was worried she wouldn't survive the night. She sat in my father's chair in the kitchen for five hours with doing nothing but trying to make herself more comfortable and to get warm near the pellet stove he has there. When I went to go into the living room, she made herself get up and follow me there, ready to jump up on the sofa and curl up with me. I was too afraid of hurting her though, in her weakned condition, so I made a space for her and piled blankets around her. She slept there for the night. She survived, but her condition got no better.

Today, my sister Loretta managed to manhandle her way into getting an appointment at the Veterinary Medical Center today at 2:45. She used to work there and knew the right vets to go to. She just got back from that appointment. Gray has renal kidney failure.

They told Loretta that she shouldn't wait, but she didn't think it was right to put her down without either myself or my father getting to say goodbye to her. So, Gray's come home for one more night. her last with our family.

She's lead a long, full life here. She's one of the cats in my life who adopted us, of which we've had many who've adopted us, rather than we adopting them, over the years. My father's farm is a magnet for strays or even ferals for shelter. Growing up, I always, always had cats around to play with or tame on my own.

She is also the first cat that my mother had ever decided to take a fancy to. My mother, you see, hated cats. She didn't trust them, and would always yell at me to take them back outside. But Gray, when I was in college, had apparently won her over, and it was my mother, not my father, who invited her into our home as a welcomed member of the family -- despite the fact that Gray had already decided that we were family.

Gray was a cat who, for all intents and purposes, craved and thrived on attention. It only took touching her head to get her motor to start running and continued attention would only make her purr harder. She loved curling up with you on pillows at night -- sleeping next to your head -- or curling up with you on the sofa to watch TV. Sometimes, she'd push her boundaries, but in the end she gave and took like the rest of us, and gave her heart to us unconditionally. For that, she'll always be remembered.

Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, she'll be put down and put out of her misery at 8:15 in the morning.

Merry Christmas To Me, My Sister and My Dad.

Bah Humbug.

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aerlorn
Dec. 23rd, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs tightly* So sorry to hear about that.
borogove
Dec. 23rd, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry.
seattlenick
Dec. 24th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
I've never actually had a pet until Lucius. I can't imagine losing him at all, much less over Christmas. How awful. :( I'm sorry.
rathess
Dec. 24th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I lost a cat to renal failure (and other situations). My parents left me in charge of the house one week during the summer (I was working, they wanted a vacation and either took my brother or had him spend a week with friends) and they came home to Patches being dead at the vet's. I had to approve the eutheneasia (sp?) order myself. So, I've been there. I wish you and your family well.
snarlingbadger
Dec. 24th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Renal failure is a terrible way to go, *hugs* to you and your family for helping Gray to go peacefully. I lost a kitty to that a few years ago - we tried to keep him going with subcutaneous injections of fluid, but by the time he was diagnosed (it was apparently a congenital problem, but kept getting worse) the twice weekly injections seemed to only slow the progress a bit, and after a few months, we had him put down.
bludiscus
Dec. 26th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. :(
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