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Buried my cat today, except I didn’t!

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  • Rebecca110Rebecca110 Posts: 1,485
    My beautiful cat Ed wasn't able to go to the toilet.  I took him to the vets and was told he had stage four kidney disease.  He started yowling in pain and had stopped eating and drinking so I had him put to sleep on 4 December.  He was a much loved companion and very special to me.   I cried all the way home.  I took him home and he's buried in my parents garden.  A kind friend sent me a photo tile of him and I keep it in my bedroom.  We love our furry friends.
  • Rebecca110Rebecca110 Posts: 1,485

  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,529
    Hi @anchoresscj7 Welcome to the forum. You will probably like the "cat only thread" where you can talk about your cats and place photos. There are a lot of members who are cat lovers (myself included) but obviously the main topic is gardening. Are you a keen gardener?
    @Rebecca110 So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a beautiful boy. You must miss him. I can assure you that you aren't the only one who has cried all the way home and some more..
  • Rebecca110Rebecca110 Posts: 1,485
    Hi Fran he was only 5 years 9months but I have a lot of good memories.  He was a very cuddly cat and would lay with you every day and snuggle.  He loved his dreamies.  He could open the doors and climb on top.  He was an indoor cat and loved to lay on the bed and snooze and I would wrap him in my cape and snuggle.  He also loves to sunbathe and call out to the birds.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,671
    We had both our new rescue kittens chipped when we adopted them and then when they were neutered the vet very kindly tattooed one ear to indicate an owner more visibly.  Farm cats round here are like Nollie's neighbours - never see a vet and have to catch their food.   

    We also had any cat that turned up in our Belgian garden needing a home.  Quite a few of those and every one of them ended up run over, but one.  The last one was a 5 or 6 yr old I found starving and hiding in the end of our barn.   We'd seen her hunting in the field next door for months and thought she was a farm cat.  Anyway I started feeding her and eventually grabbed her and carted her off to  the vet for neutering - lots of kittens borne and poly-cystic ovaries and general mess - and the vets advised me to keep her indoors a few days while she recovered.    She stayed upstairs, keeping clear of the dogs, until, 4 months later I told her to go and get some spring sunshine.   Very cautious cat all round but eventually decided we were OK and even came on hols with us.   Died just after we moved here - cancer of the spine.

    Our house in Harrow clearly had a sign visible only to felines - help here - and we took in all sorts of strays which cost a fortune to vet and feed.  They all tended to live short lives and die of kidney failure but at least were warm, fed and loved for a couple of years.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,529
    Hi Rebecca. He sounds as though he was the perfect cat. At least you have some lovely memories of him but he was too young to go. You never forget your furry friends when they have gone. I can think of cats I've lost over the years and still get upset. 
    Hi Obelixx. You certainly have a heart of gold. Like you I could never overlook a cat that I knew had no home. I have always had a cat or two and they have always come to me. Never been in the position of being without and looking out for one. Not to mention dogs as well. 
  • I passed my comment without realising that the cat in question wasn't in the UK and was possibly feral. For pets it is an excellent idea. Chips can migrate but rarely fail nowadays. Biggest reason they are missed is careless scanning.

  • Rebecca110Rebecca110 Posts: 1,485
    Hi Obelixx and Fran I'm sure the cats appreciated you being there for them and it improved the quality of their lives no end.  She had a good life with you and you gave that to her.  
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,671
    No worries Steve.  Good to see you popping in.   How's the shed?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • The whole episode must have been very upsetting.
    We had all the ferals in our hamlet neutered when we lived in Spain,it cost a fortune,but we couldn't bear to see the kittens get killed in the road.The Spanish are a very different culture to us animal lovers I'm afraid.
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