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My cat Sidney has been gone 1 week now.  I miss him so much!  Sidney was acting lethargic last Friday afternoon, and I felt like something wasn't right.  Sidney came to the office door and laid down on his side.  He wasn't moving and almost looked dead, but he was still breathing.  I tried to get his attention with one of his favorite toys and when he didn't even move his head, I knew something was wrong.  I brushed Sidney with his favorite brush, and my husband put him in the carrier.  He didn't even put up a fight.  He just laid there.  I petted Sidney and told him it was going to be okay. 

My husband took Sidney to the vet around 3pm.  When they took Sidney's vitals, they knew something was really wrong.  His temp was 95 and normal for a cat is 102.  His heart rate was low also.  They did an Xray to check his heart murmur and that was normal.  They did some blood work and saw that his red blood count was low and that he was losing blood somewhere so they thought he was bleeding internally.  The vet sent Sidney to the emergency hospital for more extensive care.  They did an ultrasound to try and locate the source of the bleeding, but they still couldn't determine where he was bleeding.  They needed to do surgery, but Sidney's blood wasn't clotting and they knew if they did surgery that he would bleed out.  They gave Sidney a blood transfusion hoping to give him some more time until they could operate.  My husband kept calling me with updates because I stayed home with our 16 month old.  I felt helpless.  All I could do was wait.  My husband left to come home around 8 to pick me up so I could go see Sidney incase he didn't make it through the night.  The doctor called before my husband could get home and told me that Sidney had passed away around 8:30.  Sidney's heart rate had jumped up to 220 and then he stretched out and died.  I was in shock.  I didn't know he would go that quickly.  I wanted to see him one last time, but it was too late.  My husband came through the door about 5 minutes later, and I was crying.  We went to the hospital so I could see Sidney anyway.  When my son saw Sidney, he said "meow meow" and raised his arms. 

The doctor did a mini autopsy and said that Sidney had tumors, probably cancerous, on his liver and one had ruptured and that had caused the bleeding in his belly.  We had to go Saturday and pick up Sidney's body and take him to our vet's office so they could send him to be cremated.  

I had Sidney for almost 11 years.  We would have done anything to save him, but he is at peace with Sadie now.  Friday morning when I woke up and Sidney greeted me at the bedroom door, I never thought the day would end like that.  He was such a wonderful and loving cat, and we miss him so much! 


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I am so very sorry about your beloved Sidney. It's devastating to lose them.  What a great picture of Sidney.  He is now at the Rainbow Bridge with all his new friends. They give us so much love and happiness. 

You will see Sidney again in happiness.

Hugs for you and Sidney.

Meisters Mom

Posts: 991
What a beautiful kitty Sidney is! He looks like he could be quite the little imp.
I am so sorry for your loss. Unexpected loss always affects us more profoundly I think than when we've gone through a long health battle with our babies and lost.
Try to keep in mind a happy memory of Sidney to replace the sad memory of that last day.
You and your family are in my prayers today.
Molly's Mom

Posts: 76
I'm so sorry about Sidney. He is very cute. That low red blood count resonates with me. My baby boy Jackson was well until he hurt his back and then he went downhill. After a series of mistakes by the vet he had been misdiagnosed and it wasn't just the back that was giving him trouble. He had picked up some awful bacteria and his red blood cells were being destroyed. We booked him into the emergency hospital and he had the best of care, but there was nothing they could do. After a while his organs slowly shut down and he slipped quietly away.

Like you I felt helpless, watching and waiting for some kind of miracle and for someone to say that he was going to be ok. You never want to think about your pet getting sick, and getting sick and dying is too frightening to comprehend. My prayers are with you, Sidney and my beautiful boy, Jackson this evening. May they find peace in the light.

Shiannon, Jackson's mummy.

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I wanted to thank those of you that read the post about my beloved Sidney and a special thank you to those that replied and gave me some comforting words and support.  Yesterday I removed Sidney's food and water bowls, and today I removed his litter box.  It really breaks my heart to know that Sidney will not be coming home and will not be needing those things anymore.  I lost my precious Sadie cat in 2003, and I know Sidney is reunited with her.  That thought gives me some comfort, but it doesn't help ease the pain I am feeling.  I guess only time can do that.  I have been reading your stories too, and I am touched by each one.  I will be thinking about all of you as well.
Rhonda (Sidney's mom)

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I am so very sorry about Sidney. He is a beautiful boy. Thank you for posting the picture of him.

The loss of our angels is absolutely devastating. I lost my cat Cheeseburger 2 months ago. I miss him so much. He was my baby boy.

It has been very hard for me to get past that terrible week when Cheesey got sick and we had to let him go. Those memories are so vivid and hurt so much. I am trying very hard to think of all the good times I had with Cheese when I get sad and start crying. He filled my heart with love for 10 years and that love will be there forever.

My heart is with you and please know you have friends here that care and understand. Your Sidney knows you love him and his love will be in your heart forever.

Dee >^..^<

Cheeseburger's Mom

Dee + Cheeseburger =  LOVE

Posts: 251
Oh randi4771,

I am so sorry for your loss of your Sidney...what a shock for you!!! I am really sorry...I really don't know what to say. It is so horrific to lose our babies, I think the worst thing ever to have to go through. They are our everything. We all know how you feel here and we are here for you.....I hoep in time the pain lessens a bit and you can remember the beautiful times you spent together.

Thankyou for the picture of your boy. He is so beautiful. Youhave come to the right place, everyone is so compassionate and we know what you are going through.

I am so sorry that I am not much more help, I just feel for you so much. I am sending you a big cuddle.

Nugget look out for Sidney.

Lots of love Nuggetsmum Alana

Posts: 117
My heart goes out to you. Sidney is so precious.
I know it can be hard. Think how blessed you were to have shared such beautiful memories with her. while the time seems so short and we wish we could have had more time with them- if I had to do it all over again knowing it would end exactly the same way- I would. Because just having them in our life in the first place was such a wonderfully beautiful blessing. our cat Daisy went to Rainbow Bridge a week ago too. I'm sure they are having fun together.
hang in there. you came to the right place.

love and light
Pat (Daisy's daddy)

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