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We had to say goodbye to our cat Angus today.






We had to say goodbye to our cat Angus today.


His mobility has been declining over the past 18 months, to the point
where we sometimes had to bring him food, carry him to the litterbox,
and clean him after he used the box. But otherwise he seemed reasonably
content. This afternoon he was uninterested in food, which is very
unusual for him. But he asked to be lifted onto the couch to cuddle with
us.


A few hours later, he suddenly began open-mouthed panting. I took him to
the emergency vet. They put him in an oxygen cage for a while and gave
him meds to calm him. An X-ray showed that he probably had fluid in his
chest. I was kind of expecting that. They gave him some diuretics and he
was able to breathe room air, but his breathing was still labored.


I wasn't surprised about the fluid in his chest. But another X-ray also
showed a mass in his chest. The vet said that even if we took care of
the fluid, the mass was contributing to his breathing problems. She said
we could pursue further diagnosis and treatment, and laid out all our
options, but it was clear that further treatment would be stressful on
us and him.


We thought Angus would prefer not to be put through that. We didn't want
to bring him home because his breathing was still labored. We decided we
needed to put him to sleep.





I love and need cats, but I sure hate this part. There are going to be
so many Angus-shaped holes in my life now.


When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I did was bring him his
medicine (to treat his chronic constipation), which he actually liked.


He always had a huge appetite. At some point he learned to bang his food
bowl on the table when he was hungry.


After he ate his breakfast, he would nap next to the sunny window.


At night I often listen to an audiobook and play a computer game. Angus
would lie next to me and ask for belly rubs. He loved getting belly rubs
for hours.

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moominmuppet
Apr. 16th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
*big hugs* oh I've been there. That's a great picture of him. I'm still very glad I have pics of Shroom.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
{hugsback} The pictures bring comfort after the pain has faded.
bibliofile
Apr. 16th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Aw, what a handsome creature! I'm so sorry for your loss. Belly rub cats are the best.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They are!
eveningstartwo
Apr. 16th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
**hugs**
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
{hugsback} Are those your kitties? They're beautiful.
gconnor
Apr. 16th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. Those are some great memories. *hug* Take care...
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you. {hugback}
johnpalmer
Apr. 16th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh, darlin', I'm so sorry... hugs and comfort offered.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. {hugsback}
loracs
Apr. 16th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Yes, this is the hardest part of having pets. It never gets easier. The only thing that makes this part bearable is the years of love they give us. Condolences and hugs to everyone who loved Angus.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
It sure doesn't get easier, does it? {hugsback} and thanks.
pachamama
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
So sorry for your loss.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
fimbrethil
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:05 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That's a great icon.
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liveavatar
Apr. 16th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear this -- he was a beautiful cat, clearly much loved and happy.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you. All he needed to be happy was a full food bowl and lots of belly rubs.
nitoda
Apr. 16th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
So sorry you had to make that hard decision, but I'm sure it was the right one and if he could thank you for it, he would. I sometimes wish we had that option with our beloved humans. ::hugs::
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
{hugsback} Thank you. I sure as heck wish we had that option with humans too.
graymalkin13
Apr. 16th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you and Angus.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I hope he's frolicking with your kitties somewhere.
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firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
janetmiles
Apr. 16th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss. May time diminish the pain and let the bright memories shine.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's pretty neat that time is able to do that.
sabotabby
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. What a beautiful cat.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
ljgeoff
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful big boy he was! I love that splotch on his nose. *hugs* I wish this hug was in person.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
He had white hairs scattered in his fur, so one of my sweeties named him Chairman Kaga (after the host of the Japanese Iron Chef).

{hugback} and in person soon!
xiphias
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
tiger_spot
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
the_siobhan
Apr. 16th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. Losing a pet is always hard.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It sure is.
opalmirror
Apr. 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Reading your share I shed some tears for you and Aahz and Angus. I feel you did your very best, and know that he had a wonderful life, and you were there for him every time he turned to you. May your mourning be as full of love and compassion as I know you to be, and that you reach a deeper understanding of what Angus was trying to tell you all his life. Love & Hugs.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
{love and hugs back} Thanks for your tears and for sharing your wise thoughts.
clawfoot
Apr. 16th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. It's always so hard to say goodbye, no matter the situation. I'm glad he had you, who took such good care of him and gave him the best life he could have hoped for.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It is very hard to say goodbye.
ellenmillion
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
I am sorry!
*hugs*
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. {hugsback}
starcat_jewel
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
My condolences on your loss. It's never easy, but it is part of the contract we make with them when we bring them home -- to have their best interests in mind, and make sure they don't suffer unnecessarily.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's definitely part of what we should do for them.
erin_c_1978
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. He was a lovely cat.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He sure was.
pameladean
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry indeed. That's a great photo -- so dignified, despite his silly half-moustache.

P.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He could do dignified or silly -- a very well-rounded guy.
dr_brat
Apr. 16th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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