Thursday we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat.
She was sick most of december, didn´t eat much and mewing a lot. The vet said she had a small laceration on the tongue. Penicillin was given for five days and she began eating again after two days. However, even though she was eating a lot, she started to have diarrhea and vomit.
Thursday we knew that the final day had come. The vet said her stomach was full of “something”, whether it was tumors or polyps he couldn´t tell without blood tests and operation. A 17 year old cat doesn´t survive an operation, yet anesthesia, so it wasn´t a difficult decision to let her have her peace.
Still, it was with a heavy heart we said goodbye. She´s been in our lives before we had children. The boys grew up with her, the best child friendly cat ever. As toddlers they could pull her tail, pick her ears and nose without bothering her. When it was enough, she just vanished into the garden. When they came home from school, the best thing was to sit on the sofa with the cat on the lap and watch telly. At night she would sneek in to their rooms, to sleep on clothes left on the floor. In the morning she would be the first to get up, waking the rest of us. At least when she was younger, the last year we were the ones waking her up.
When we came home, we called the boys and asked them to get home from sports and work. My husband had already dug a grave in the garden the week before, because if the frost would set in, we would not be able to bury her before spring. And it surely did freeze this week. -6°C for two nights, then we got above zero again.
Her final resting place is in her favorite flower bed in the garden. Full sun all day, surrounded by roses and where she could nap without being disturbed by a football.
We all cried, it´s so sad losing a beloved pet. I haven´t been able to write this until today, oh kitty we all miss you terribly! Sadly it is an inevitable part of life, we all need to go eventually.
The litter box is gone, the food will be given to a friend, and all pillows on the sofa have been washed. We are now a pet free home… but who knows for how long?