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« on: September 11, 2014, 04:55:22 PM »





Tiggerty has crossed the Rainbow Bridge!!!  Cry Cry Cry

The doctor walked in took one look at him, looked in his  eyes, looked at his expression, felt his little head, rubbed her hand over his skinny little body, and said this is absolutely the right time.  If he were mine, this is absolutely the time, and that she would do it today, and let him have a peaceful passing.
  
She said that if I were to wait, it could get ugly.  But it was a good time because now he was still aware of his surroundings, could still stand and walk, was not constantly vomiting etc.etc.  but just was extremely, extremely tired out.

She said that the fluids I had been giving him had been sustaining him, and that she was surprised that he had lasted this long. And that loving care probably accounted for his making it this long, but now it was time.

She let me hold him in my arms when she gave him the sedative, and it seemed to me that it acted almost instantaneously and his eyes closed.  She said that the sicker a cat was, the faster it worked.  She let me hold him a while, tho I don't think he could hear me, but maybe.... they say that people in a coma can hear you.  so I kept telling him I loved him.
Then finally she came back in with the shot, and it was very quick, and so were the results, but he was already asleep, so he didn't know that.  
It was very, very peaceful and I held him in my arms the whole time.

I can't believe it is done, I simply cannot believe it.  I had convinced myself on the way there that she would say,  more prednisone would do the trick, or some other miraculous injections.  But no, she took one look and said it was time.   I am numb, and still in disbelief.  

I  moved Blackie's new carrier she is in up onto the end table by the window again, and I think she will be glad about that.

Tiggerty is in my catless room when no cat is allowed, where all his friends have spent time while I prepared their final resting place.  
Yes, NUMB and filled with disbelief, is how I feel.
I was so sure this morning when he cried that pitiful little cry to me for help and there was nothing I could do for him, but when the time came I was a mess of doubts. I could not believe that I was putting him into  the car, it was as if someone else was doing it.   I told the vet that I did not think it was fair or right that I had to make this life and death decisions and she said that I had not, and that SHE HAD MADE THE DECISION.

Soooo,  there are already many of my cats across the Rainbow Bridge, and I hope they all come to greet my dear Tiggerty. I hope my dear Tiggerty forgives me for doing this, and understands why I did it, and that it was only to save him from suffering.    Bless his little heart.



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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 05:11:37 PM »

I'm so so sorry, BW.  There is nothing for McTiggerty to forgive.  You loved him, and gave him the final gift of rest.  His energy has been set free.  And I hope you will remember that the vet said he was sustained by your loving care.  We know how much you loved him, and how hard you worked with him.

Forgive me, but I really hope you might consider a service to come retrieve his body and bring you home the ashes.  I hate to think of you trying to bury him.  That is what many of us have done, for our beloved cats.  

I will light a candle for McTiggerty, for he is all light and love now, and with his friends over the Bridge.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2014, 05:17:12 PM »

BW, I am so, so sorry to hear of his passing, yet I understand very well your relief that his illness is over, and it won't get worse now.

Your vet is a very wise person. And so are you, because you knew to get him an appointment today.

 Cry Cry Cry Rest in peace, little McTiggerty, you made a hard journey with immense strength.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2014, 05:17:44 PM »

{{{HUGS}} BW.  I'm so sorry.  RIP McTiggerty.  Cry Cry

You took wonderful care of McTiggerty.  What a fine life he had, full of love, safe inside and watching the comings and goings outside your windows.  He was loved.  He was a very lucky boy.  I think he did hear you as you told him again how much you loved him.   Cry Cry
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Eventually they will understand,
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For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 05:18:34 PM »

I'm so sorry BW. You did everything you could for him and it was the right time.  Cry
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2014, 05:25:08 PM »

Oh, BW.  I was the same way when Bucky's time came.  He mewed at me, tapped me on the leg and asked to be hugged, then went under the bed and didn't come out.  i desperately wanted to find some way to get him a few more days with me.   *hugs*  Know he loved you and you did all you could for him.  The rest of us are going to miss him, too.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2014, 05:45:24 PM »

Oh, BW, there is nothing to forgive. Not only did your care and love give him bonus time, your love allowed him to rest when he was ready. It does sound as if he made the decision and you listened to him. Surely he is at the Rainbow Bridge with his friends and family who went on before, probably celebrating the wonderful woman who took such good care of them here on earth.

You gave him the final gift of love - release from a body that just couldn't heal.  And now your other kitties will need some special time, for they can sense that you are sad and McTiggerty is gone.

Please take care of yourself and allow us to help you as you grieve this precious soul.

Sad hugs,
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2014, 05:48:23 PM »

Thank you so much Spartycats. 
A couple weeks ago, I had the man who cuts my grass for me come and rip out a couple enormous Rosemary bushes which had died over the winter, they were right by my back stoop, overlooking the little lake, and this spot  gets all the sunshine.  I had him dig me a hole for the casket I knew was going to be needed.  He dug it and covered it with planks in the meantime.  I knew I was not capable of digging it myself any longer.  Those day are gone.  so now all I have to do is prepare his little casket I'll get from the vet, and place him in it and cover him up.  That I can do, and he will be nearby, right outside my sun room sliders by the stoop, and will get all the sunshine every day.  That area used to be an herb garden, till the rosemary bushes took all the room away.
I had the man leave room for another burial, and he said to call him and he would come and dig it when it was necessary.  He's a very nice man and asks about Tigger whenever he comes to cut my grass. 

However, that said, I still have 14 cats, and only one more good place in my  yard now, so at some point I will have to start considering cremation.  It certainly is something to think about.  I know many of you do that.
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2014, 05:50:10 PM »


Poem For Cats

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 06:15:59 PM »

I'm so sorry, BW.  I have no doubt Tiggerty knew he was loved very much. Sad {{hugs}}.
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 06:18:54 PM »

Oh my goodness, first of all, who found that adorable photo of young McTiggerty!!!

He was sooo cute, and sooo comfy all stretched out, and sound asleep.  Whom do I thank so much for finding that adorable photo???

Catmom5,  well, I did have a little talk with him yesterday, and told him that he didn't have to stay if he was too tired now.   Someone else here said they had such a talk with their dear cat, who was that??  so I thought it was a good idea.  And it did seem that he was asking me for help this morning.
I do pray he is with his relatives.  I was just sitting here in the living room and suddenly I could sort of feel him all around me, and it was a comforting feeling.
And I certainly hope that I was a good cat mom to him.

And Merrihart, the rest of you certainly did participate in his care, goodness knows with all the advice you gave me.
And Just me,  I'm glad that you think he really did hear me when I told him how much I loved him.  I thought I would have more time to talk to him, but the med acted so swiftly, which I suppose was actually good
I wish I had realized that he was losing sooo much weight sooner, but I was giving him the methimazole for the hyperthyroid and so I thought he was being taken care of, and that the weight loss was from that disease.  Poor fellow got hit with a double whammy.
And Catbird, yes, it is good that he won't get any worse now.  I am thankful for that.
And yes, he did hold up with great strength with great strength considering his 2 illnesses.  Bless his little heart.  
And Ned, I'm glad you think it was the right time.  I guess it never seems right when you are doing it, when that moment actually comes you want to yell stop.
 It was suddenly as if I was sleep walking and nothing was real, but of course it was.

Thank you all.  Blackie is now in her carrier beddie up on the end table by the window again.  So at least she will be happy.  She lost 2 oz last time they weighed her, and so I must concentrate on getting that back on her again.

I am soooo tired.  I just put my head down on the desk for a moment and it felt sooo good.   Remember when we did that as little children in school.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful messages.  Bless you all so much, many blessings.



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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2014, 06:22:02 PM »

Oh Just me,  thank you so much for the beautiful poem, it made me cry again, but a good cry.  Thank you, thank you.
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2014, 06:25:32 PM »

Thank you so much GKit.  Bless you.
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2014, 06:53:23 PM »

Oh BW I know how very difficult this decision must have been for you but you listened to him and set him free.  You've been through so much and now it is time for you to rest.  He is happy and healthy now at the Rainbow Bridge.  Know that many of us are thinking of you tonight.
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2014, 06:59:58 PM »

 Cry  Cry  Cry  I'm so sorry that today was Tiggerty's time.  Cry  Kiss

I know that you will miss him and miss caring for him because he was such a big part of your day to day duties. He knows that you love him and that love will never die. I still shed tears over my beloved kitties that have gone on years and years ago. He is well and young again and full of energy. He is playing in the brook with his brothers and sisters now, having a wonderful time.

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