Today, we had to say goodbye to our cat. A couple of weeks ago, we took him to the vet because he wasn't acting like his usual self. He wasn't eating and he was very lethargic and sleepy. The vet discovered that he had an infection, which spread to his kidneys and put him in kidney failure. Since cats sometimes recover from acute kidney failure, we tried medication and iv fluids with hopes that it would kick-start his kidneys and get them going again.
Unfortunately, it did not work and we were faced with the difficult choice of putting him to sleep or letting him pass naturally. The problem with kidney failure is that it suppresses the cat's appetite. Our kitty would have died of starvation long before the kidney failure made him sicker. It sounded like an incredibly cruel and painful way to go. So, we opted to let him go more gently.
He was with us for 11 and a half years, and he was a great companion. He loved cuddles, hugs and being carried around. He made funny chittering sounds when he saw a bug, he sang when he was lonely and he licked faces, fingers and hands when he was happy.
We'll really miss him. And it's really rough trying to adjust right now.
I'm going to go on a brief hiatus from crafting and blogging, since my heart really isn't in it.
Thank you for reading and understanding.