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A few hours ago, we took my cat to the vet for the last time.

Back in April, she started coughing a lot. We took her to the vet and found out she had enlarged heart and hyperthyroid. She also had something in one of her lungs that was affecting her breathing. After medication, she didn't get better. In fact, she started to deteriorate. We kept on taking her back to the vet, and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her, and we couldn't afford the diagnostics anymore.

We started feeding her with a syringe and giving her oxygen. Soon, she stopped meowing. Yesterday, she stopped eating and drinking. She couldn't walk more than a few steps without falling over, and every breath was labored, with her mouth open and panting. There was a weird odor coming out of her mouth. My parents and I decided it was time.

An hour before the appointment, we took her upstairs so she could look out her favorite perch for the last time. We then put her in her carrier with her favorite toys. She didn't even struggle.

We decided that my dad would be the one to be in the room with her during the procedure. He was pretty close to Cotton, and I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it. My mom and I were to stay in the car.

When we got to the vet's parking lot, I opened Cotton's carrier to pet her head for the last time. I heard her force a meow then and there. She had stopped meowing (save one or two occasions) about two weeks ago. Afterwards, my mom said her goodbyes and my dad walked into the vet clinic.

From what my dad said, she went peacefully and the procedure was quick and painless. We'll be getting her urn back in a few weeks.

As much as I knew this event was coming, and as much I prepared, it hurts. Sometimes, it hits me that she's truly gone, such as when I see the empty spot where she used to sleep. The rest of the time, I'm numb, emotionless, and generally in shock.

I miss her so, but I tell myself that at least she isn't suffering anymore, like she was the past few days. Even though we all wanted her to stay longer, it was hard to see her in agony like that. I want to remember her as the sweet and lively kitty she was.

Thank you, Cotton, for twelve wonderful years. I love you, and will miss you so much.


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Iam sorry for your loss.  What a beautiful kitty.  I sounds like you did the right thing and now she is no longer suffering.  Take comfort that Cotton is at the Rainbow Bridge having fun with all our animals.

Take care-Uma and Conan's mom

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What a gorgeous girl your Cotton is.  It is so unreal a feeling when we have to PTS our little babies.  I am so sorry.  Condolences to your parents as well, it must have been hard for your Dad.  Thinking of you all at this very sad time.  Di xxx


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I am so sorry for the loss of your precious cat Cotton. She is an absolutely beautiful girl. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, my heart and prayers are with you.

I lost my beautiful cat Cheeseburger 1 month ago. I miss him so much.

You have friends here who care and understand.

Cotton was a gorgeous kitty.

Cheesebugrer's Mom

Dee + Cheeseburger = LOVE


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Sorry for your loss of Cotton. I love that name. She's looks very sweet. It's so hard to lose them when they go. Take care.


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I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Cotton. What a gorgeous kitty she was! I know that numb feeling of grief, it's so very hard to accept that they're gone. But Cotton is only gone from her earth body, her spirit still lives with you in your heart. I know there's nothing anyone can say right now to ease your pain, but know you can come here anytime you need to.



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I'm so very sorry for your loss of your sweet Angel COTTON. She was a very gorgeous cat. Cotton is now running wild and free of pain on the Rainbow Bridge with all of the other precious furbabies. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.......

I lost my beautiful Nikki on June 26th,07. I miss her so very much that my heart still aches for her.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents as well.

Take care,
Terri(Nikki's Mom)

Nikki mommy misses you and you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again.......

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Dear peaceoutforlife,

I am very sorry for your loss of your beautiful Cotton - such a sweet kitty, I bet she was a delight to pet and hold.  You and your parents did the most loving thing to release her from her distressing illness.  Now she is in a place of wholeness, just as you want to remember her, sweet and lively, and forever in your heart.

With deepest sympathy,
Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever

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Dear peaceoutforlife.

I'm so very sorry for your loss.  Cotton is such a beautiful precious girl.  She still is.  Even though you can't see her, she is still with your, in your heart.   She comes to visit you from the Rainbow Bridge.   She watches out over you now.  And will greet you at the Rainbow Bridge...

My heart breaks for your loss.  I know it was so hard to make this decision to let her go...   but you gave her last gift of your love:  freedom from pain and suffering. 

I am so very sorry for your loss. 

I have given my precious Ami his wings, too.  Exactly three weeks ago.  I miss him terribly.  I feel your pain.

My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family...

Agata... Ami's Mom Forever

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