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Another pet has crossed the Rainbow Bridge
September 15, 2012 @ 12:00:35 pm
Last night, we ended up having to put down our cat, Gabriel.

Gabriel was in a lot of pain; he had crystals in his bladder and urinary tract. He couldn't pee. It’s a lifelong condition that wasn’t guaranteed to even stay away once treated. The entire procedure to even unblock his tract was $2,600. And they told us even in doing that, he could get it again months, weeks even days later so it wasn't even a sure fix. And that sometimes the issues spread to the kidneys which makes things a lot worse. Also, we’d have to keep him on a special (expensive) diet for the rest of his life. Which is hard to do with other cats and a dog in the house.

We contemplated paying for it all but we’re broke as it is with the holidays coming up, property tax due and Carly coming very soon. Even if my mom’s sister would have paid for it on her credit card, it would take us almost 2 years to pay off for it to most likely happen again.

It feels horrible making this kind of decision, we’ve never had to do this with any other animal before.. We haven’t stopped crying for 2 hours. It feels terrible, like we put a price on his life. But then they told us about it being lifelong and this could mean several trips a year to the vet. If Gabriel was miserable and in pain now, we didn’t want to keep doing this to him. Shoving him in a crate, putting him in the car and taking him to the vet anytime he showed a sign of this.

We held him while they euthanized him. We were talking to him through our tears and petting him gently. The most horrible part was watching his bright green eyes fade into grey as he fell asleep and then soon after passed on.

My mom and I are wrecks right now. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. Gabriel is going to be so missed by everyone in this household.

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Sparklegirl

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New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 12:29:19 pm
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@Kristy69 Said


We held him while they euthanized him. We were talking to him through our tears and petting him gently. The most horrible part was watching his bright green eyes fade into grey as he fell asleep and then soon after passed on.


That is what he will remember, being loved and comforted while he made his final journey. I have recently had to do the same for a pet and it broke my heart but it was the right thing. If they have no quality of life then it is the only fair decision to make as hard as it is to do


Kristy69

Carly's Mommy

New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 12:36:11 pm
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@Sparklegirl Said

That is what he will remember, being loved and comforted while he made his final journey. I have recently had to do the same for a pet and it broke my heart but it was the right thing. If they have no quality of life then it is the only fair decision to make as hard as it is to do



That's what I had to keep reminding myself and my mom last night. She was so worried that he'd hate us, but I told her that we took him in off the street, gave him a home and tons of love. We saved him and loved the hell out of him, and he will forever love us for that.


scardycat

New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 12:43:32 pm
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Im so sorry to here about your loss. Ive had to do it before and yes its a horrible decision to make. He sounds like he would have been in so much pain with the infection. You did everything possible to make him better. Dont think you put him to sleep because of the money because I dont think thats so. He was very sick and if you had the treatment done you had no guarantee it was going to work. He would have been glad you were with him when he drifted off. He would have known you were there and that you loved him so. Animals know these things. At least you know hes not hurting any more. You have wonderful memories of him treasure those. Think back of all the funny little things he did. There will be many. Im sure they will make you smile. I know your hurting and I send you a big hug.


Demented

New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 01:07:06 pm
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Kristy,what you have just done for your little mate Gabriel has hurt you a lot,and believe me I know the pain only to well,but in doing it you have taken the poor little mites pain away with an act of love.

We had a dog called Scruffy,she was my mate,but we found out she was riddled with Cancer and when the time finally came for her,we to had to have her put down,she was laying on her bed and I'm certain she knew what was about to happen.
I had her head resting in my hand while the vet worked on her,then she opened her eye's and gave my wrist one lick,and that was it,I know this was her way of saying goodbye and I suppose thank you for what we were doing.

People who have never experienced the love of an animal won't understand what your going through,but the rest will.

I'm so sorry to hear about your little mate,but he's without pain now and that alone should help ease your pain of losing him,be happy he shared his life with you,because he's left a swag of fond memories I'm sure.

Rainbow Bridge I look forward to meeting up with Blondie,Lucky,Cheeky ,Ralph and Scruffy again one day,I know their there and waiting for us.


EoWyN

Lucky Me!

New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 06:29:51 pm
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I'm sorry you had to make that choice but it was the right thing to do. I am happy you got to hold him one last time and spoke words of love to him.As he sits around the pond on the other side I bet he is telling his new friends how wonderful you were to him and sharing everything you guys did together.Remember there he is not sick or feeling any pain.He is finally free and happy.


snarkykins

New Post! September 15, 2012 @ 10:22:06 pm
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He knew something was wrong with him and he knew you were helping him to not be in misery anymore.
Don't punish yourself for making the choice you made. It would have been silly to spend cash you didn't really have with no guarantees.
I have a feeling Gabriel is thanking you now. Animals can't talk, but if they could I am certain he would agree to not want to suffer anymore.
You did the UNselfish thing.


vekta

New Post! September 16, 2012 @ 03:50:48 am
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It's always tough. My entire family was going out in the morning for two weeks calling his name after our bulldog died.

The main thing you have to tell yourself is you did right by your pet. You gave him a good life and good home, far more than many, many animals ever get. You did good and you made the decision to spare him more pain. I wouldn't call that putting a price on his life, I'd call that mercy.


sTreetAngeL

root tedt ree

New Post! September 16, 2012 @ 01:15:14 pm
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Don't feel guilty Kristy. You did do the unselfish thing.
I understand how you feel though, we went through it too with Lacey. It's a horrible feeling, - which does get better with time.
Rest assured, your cat knew he was loved, and sensed you were helping him. He knew you stayed with him to the end because you love him.
He knew what was happening, animals can smell such things. I firmly believe had your choice been the wrong one he would have protested; same with Lacey.
Trust in the fact that your choice was totally selfless; the fact that is feels so horrible is your proof.


Kristy69

Carly's Mommy

New Post! September 16, 2012 @ 05:13:51 pm
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Thanks, you guys. We're more at peace with the decision now, but of course we're still sad. We keep looking over at his favorite window expecting him to be there.

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