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Old 20 June 2013, 06:33 AM
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Default My cat Zane has passed away

This is to let you know that at around midnight tonight, my cat Zane was committed to the care of St. Francis for his trip to Rainbow Bridge.

There was no sign that he was in any way ill. He was his old self--not the feisty cat of his younger days, but pretty much normal for the big, fat lazy lumpcat he has been the last couple of years. He was affectionate and playful, was eating (he scarfed down the chicken I gave him from my dinner.) However, just before I was about to go to bed I found him on the floor of the bathroom. When I spoke his name he didn't move, and when I touched him he yowled; his tongue was lolling out, and presently redding fluid came out of his mouth. I called my friend and Masonic brother Vaughn Shafer and he drove us to the 24-hour emergency veterenary clinic. They put Zane into the oxygen chamber, and diagnosed him as having his lungs full of fluid, most likely from conjestive heart failure. The vet told me that there was nothing they could do and that any pallatives would simply prolong his suffering; accordingly, I performed a responsible pet owner's last duty.

He is to be cremated; I haven't yet decided what to do with his ashes.

Please keep me in your prayers; I am going to be needing a great deal of help and support over the next few weeks, and will probably be emotionally quite fragile.
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:57 AM
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My sympathies, Elkhound. It's never easy to lose a pet. 😔
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:58 AM
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I am so very sorry for your loss.
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Old 20 June 2013, 07:30 AM
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What my cat loving brother said to me 2 years ago when I has to make that awful decision you did was "that's the hell of loving and needing pets. We also have to make those tough decisions. It fcking sucks . And you did the right thing. Doesn't make it any easier, does it?"
I'm very sorry for your loss. It sucks. It was right, but it sucks. Take cae.
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Old 20 June 2013, 02:31 PM
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Elkhound, I am very sorry.

Deaths that come with very little warning are probably easier on the one dying; but they are in some ways harder on the survivors.

I am glad that you had someone who was able to come with you to the vet.
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Old 20 June 2013, 03:34 PM
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My condolences. You did the right thing by Zane, although I know from experience that's cold comfort. I'm sure he had a happy life with you.
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Old 20 June 2013, 03:54 PM
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old 20 June 2013, 04:41 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, Elkhound. It's good that you were there for Zane as he took his last journey.
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Old 20 June 2013, 05:50 PM
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Thank you, everyone. I'm still somewhat in shock and a bit of an emotional basket case.

I went to see Zane's regular vet, and we went over his records. She is as sure as she can be without a necropsy that there was nothing we could have done to predict or prevent this. She also pointed out that Zane was the equivalent of a 93 year old human, which meant he had been on borrowed time for quite a while.
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:28 PM
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I'm so sorry Elkhound. *hugs*
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:33 PM
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My deepest sympathies to you. I know how much this hurts
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:52 PM
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I'm sorry for the loss of your companion. I just lost my older kitty too and it's not easy.
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Old 20 June 2013, 06:56 PM
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The vet told me that there was nothing they could do and that any pallatives would simply prolong his suffering; accordingly, I performed a responsible pet owner's last duty.
This is the most loving action you could take for your friend. Thank you for doing what was best for him, even though it was the worst for you. Many of us have been there at some point, and know what it's like -- it's never easy, but keep hold of the good memories and eventually they will make you smile.
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Old 20 June 2013, 07:01 PM
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I'm sorry Elkhound. It's good that you were able to help him, however hard that may be.
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Old 20 June 2013, 08:14 PM
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My condolences.
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Old 20 June 2013, 08:29 PM
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Sincere sympathies from your fellow Charleston cat lover. I know how much those furry guys mean to us!
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Old 20 June 2013, 08:43 PM
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St. Francis hold him.
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Old 20 June 2013, 08:54 PM
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I'm sitting here now with tears in my eyes, and I don't even know you or your kitty. As others have said, you did the right thing. I've been there myself, more than once or twice, so I know how hard it is. Will probably be there again soon as our Milo is quite advanced in age and this desert heat is hell on a long-haired kitty.

I will say a prayer for Zane, and healing vibes from my heart to yours. I wish I could offer more healing words.
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Old 20 June 2013, 08:56 PM
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I'm so sorry. I know it's harder when it comes so suddenly.
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Old 20 June 2013, 09:14 PM
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I'm so sorry, Elkhound.
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