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I will be saying goodbye to my beloved cat, Nick this afternoon. He is approximately 8 years old. He was diagnosed with diabetes last April, and has gotten progressively worse over the last year. I made a decision to put him to rest as I cannot bear to watch him suffer any more. He never plays and is unable to jump up in the window where he loves to look outside. (He's always been an indoor cat) It breaks my heart to watch my kitty just drag himself around. He walks mostly on his hindquarters. He ALWAYS looks depressed, and is, according to my vet. The medication he's been on doesn't seem to be helping him at all. I feel in my heart the best thing to do is to provide him with relief and put him to sleep.
I moved in with my son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons in March of this year (2008) One of my grandsons is a special needs child and will never walk. However, he is able to shimmy around the house on the floor. He has a trache tube and he could get a serious infection with a cat spraying around the house.  
We have been finding urine puddles and spraying in different areas of the house the last few days. Turns out that Nick is responsible as I saw him do it just yesterday. We still think it could also be another one of the cats and are watching them carefully. It is too painful for me to keep Nick locked up in a room so he can't spray around the house.
I guess I'm doing this in hopes of someone out there understanding why I've made this decision. I feel so guilty, yet at the same time know that my precious Nick will be better off and will not suffer any longer. Thank you for your time.
GOD bless all of you out there who are sad and grief stricken.

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Oh Faithhope,

I'm so sorry for this very hard decision, but please know (as Nick does) that you've made this decision out of love.  It's so hard, but an incredibly compassionate thing to do.  Nick will always have your love with him, after he's left this place, and will always know how much you suffered with the decision.  Please try to keep that in mind, and to think of the great things Nick brought to you - celebrate his "being" if you can, rather than dwelling on the loss.  (So much easier said than done.)  Losing my girl, Molly, was the hardest thing I've had to learn to live with.  I share your grief in this decision you've made, please know that.

Big hugs to you.  We're all here to support you.  Please keep us updated.



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Dear Ellen

I am so terribly sorry.  This is such a hard decision to make, but I am a total believer in the quality of life.  Our kitties are so full of energy and are so inquisitive.  I think it is almost unbearable for them to not be able to do the things they love to do.  Your Nick knows how much you love him and he is now living a new life where he is happy and healthy.  Nick will always have a special place in your heart.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Kate (Gus' mom)


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Dear faithope,

My deepest sympathy to you.  It's very clear that you love your little kitty boy, Nick, and that your heart has been breaking, watching his depression, and the toll that his diabetes is taking on his poor little body.  I, too, believe that quality of life is of utmost importance, and if your baby does not have a good one, and he is suffering, the kindest and most compassionate thing you can do is to release him.  We all do very much understand how difficult this decision is to make, and share your grief.  I'm so sorry.

Godspeed, little Nick - watch over your mom who loves you.

Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever

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Hi Faithope,
I am so sorry for what you are going through.I am sending you a big cuddle from Sydney as I know that at this awful time, cuddles is what gets us through. I understand why you feel guilty. I still feel so guilty over the loss of my beautiful Nugget. I will never get over it. But please know, that your Nick forgives you and is even grateful for your decision. Now he is not sick, he is fit and happy like he was when he was young. he is waiting for you and loves you so much. Please try not to be hard on yourself, but I know how difficult that can be. Please come here as there are so many angels here who understand and will be here for you always.

A big cuddle to you,

Nuggetsmum Alana

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Many thanks to all who offered their condolences (robyn/katebock/gruntsmom/nuggetsmum)
Yesterday was a very difficult day for me. Nick passed peacefully in my arms...God I miss him so much!! We buried him under a tree on the hill behind our home. After we all said our goodbyes, a beautiful butterfly (the first I've seen since Spring began) flew above our heads. What a wonderful sight to see....I know in my heart this beauty was meant for me to see.... as a message from Nick, that he was free....I cried my heart out. I feel a little better today...just a bit numb yet at the same time, relieved that my Nicky is somewhere pain free and at peace. I know he will be waiting for me at "Rainbow Bridge"
Love and hugs to all you wonderful people...

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faithope-- I'm so sorry about your little Nick.  I will say prayers that he peacefully transcended to the Rainbow Bridge.  Today marks the 7-month mark for me and it's still very difficult to deal with.  These furry little creatures become one of us and never leave our hearts and souls.

                 All my thoughts & prayers--Teddy's Mom

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I am so sorry.  Words are so inadequate I know.  I am so glad that you were holding Nick when he passed.  He went to sleep in your arms and woke up at the bridge, still enfolded in your love.
Much love to you, Di xxx
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