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Hi all,

I'm so sad...I was devastated last year when I lost my beautiful cat Dierks at 8.5 years old to what we think was an autoimmune condition. It was literally the worst experience I've ever went through. He was too young.  Yesterday I said goodbye to my oldest cat Justin.  He was 17.5 years old. I'm grateful he lived so long.  It is so lonely in my house and doesn't feel right without him.  Last Thursday night I took him to the emergency vet because he had stopped eating and had stumbled over. I knew he was hyperthyroid and we had been treating that but I found out his kidneys were failing horribly and he had heart issues too. His blood work looked awful/everything was off. They told me there really wasn't anything that could be done .  I took him home and gave him fluids and pain meds for a couple days. He ate a tiny bit of food one day. On Sunday I knew his little body couldn't take it anymore so I took him back and had him put too sleep. I spent time with him in a room before saying goodbye. I don't know why but after about 15 minutes he became aggressive. At home he was laying around, could not walk , could hardly lift his head and  had no strength in his legs.  All of a sudden when I tried to touch him he was kicking his legs and clawing. I have no idea the meaning of this. I **hope***I will get a sign from him that he is okay and is with Dierks. ***Thanks for listening.  This forum saved me last year.***

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I am so sorry.

It sounds as if you gave Justin a long and loving life. We should all be so lucky. But 17.5 is very old for a cat and there comes a time when there so many health problems that the quality of life is not good and it will not get better. I believe that our last gift to our animals is to relieve them from having to go through the final pain on the way to death if we can, and you gave him this gift. It is possible that Justin became aggressive because he was in pain or sick--cats often withdraw. Refusal to eat is another sign as well that a cat is not feeling well. 

This is a very hard gift to give to those we love. Big hugs to you.

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