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This past Sunday, we had to put our beloved cat Sam (15 years old) to sleep.  While we knew as a family that he was getting older, what happened on Sunday was so distressing.  I never wanted him to go like this.  Our boy had had his health problems -- hyperthyroidism (treated and cured), an emergency tooth removal  -- he was doing great.  We were caring for our "old man" with wet food and love.  

Then suddenly, late Sunday morning, we heard a loud meow from the back room.  He was lying on the floor unable to stand because his back legs wouldn't move.  Just 15 minutes before he was playing with Dave (our other cat) without a care in the world.  I instantly knew that this was not going to be ok -- and instantly started crying.  We rushed him to the emergency vet in our area.  He had heart disease which caused a blood clot to form and stop the blood flow to his back legs.  The vet advised us that this was not curable, our boy was in pain and recommended that we put him down.  There was no choice in the matter for us because we couldn't let him suffer but it was so hard to hold him and say goodbye.

He was our friend and companion for so long.  I miss him soo much, and I am really struggling.  I know that we did the right thing but I just wish we had more time to say goodbye to him.  I keep looking for him in his spot on the couch or on top of the ottoman.  I can't stop crying.  I hope he knew that we loved him soo much.  

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Oh Dear Sam's Family.

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Precious Sam. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My Heart belongs to a Sammy Kitty Boy too. Tomorrow he will be gone for 18 months. There is something about those Sams!!! My Sammy passed in the same way. But My Boy wasn't blessed with so many wonderful years. Believe me... your Boy knows just how much you Love him. See... the Love just continues to grow more and more each and every day. And one day, you will hold him in your arms again. God bless.

Love, Mayme ~ Sammy's Mommy


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samsfamily -- I am so sorry for your loss!  I know you are just devastated.  I had to put my kitty down last Thursday-- it hasn't been a week yet but it feels like forever ago.  Forever with this sadness, heartache, the what ifs ...  I am glad you came here -- I have started feeling better just posting my thoughts and knowing people here are in the same boat, and have felt the exact same way as I do.  I hate any of us have to be going through this, but I can't think of a better group of people to go through this with.  My heart goes out to you, and I send you a hug. 


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I understand your pain deeply. 30 days ago when i visited our babies vet for last time he told us to start considering about euthonisia but i couldnt possibly imagine to kill my own child whose 17th birthday was yesterday. Then while coming home she cried so much that i was suffering more than her at least in the spirit. So i prayed to God not to face me of her death by my hands so that nite she silently passed away in my arms. It has been 30 days today,4th of october.. But cant seem like moving on still. The only thing that gives me strength is to help stray dogs and pray to God. I recommend you that instead of buying a new love,own all the stray and needy animals in the world. Trust me first you wont feel like her betraying her secondly she will be more happy when you are loving  and helping more than one. I pray for your beauty and for you.

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I am so sorry for your loss samsfamily.  You have my deepest sympathy.  I'm sure that he knew how much you loved him.  Try to remeber all of the wonderful happy times that his 15 years contained an don't concentrate on his last day.  May time bring you peace.


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Thank you all so much for your words.  It is great to know that we aren't alone.  It really helps to be on here with people who understand what it means to love your pet so much.  

Mayme -- there is something about those Sammy cats.  :-) Your Sammy was a good looking boy. Your poem really helped me remember good times.  Our boy was part siamese and really vocal so the house seems quiet without him.  I know that they are all in a better place that is pain free.  I just miss him pawing my arm for his wet food 12 times a day.... Love Sam's Mom and family

Whiskersonkittens --I am so sorry for your loss.  I am glad to have found this board as well.  I think you are right about the what ifs and the sadness that just seems to linger on.  Hugs back.  


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Dear samsfamily,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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My condolences to you on the loss of your very special boy, Sam.  His illness came out of the blue and it is so sad when the vet says there is nothing more that can be done to help them.  All those years with Sam and now he is gone to his new home.  We are happy that our pets are no longer in pain, but the pain in our hearts is extreme.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

precious Christoph ~ my sweet bunny boy ~ missed forever


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Thank you all so much for your support.  It was a rough day/night yesterday.  The urn that I ordered for his ashes was delivered yesterday and it just brought back so many memories of that awful day at the vet.  I think if anything I am struggling with forgetting that day, the moment when we noticed he was not able to move, and then at the vets.  We moved the process quickly at the vets because I knew he was in pain but holding him as he died is still haunting me a bit.  I don't regret it but the memory is just hard.  

I am trying to focus on happier times.

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My heart goes out to you in the loss of your sweet Sam. It's natural for the last moments of his life to be with you for a while. It will slowly fade away, and memories of Sam's life will start to take over. Maybe share some of his life on these boards when you feel up to it, so you can eventually change your focus.

Take care of yourself as you grieve.

Hugs of comfort,

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