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19 November 2011 @ 11:52 am
Bye Purrball Monster Evil Vicious Creature From Hell  
Lost our kitty today.

He'd been in stages of kidney failure for some time - over a year and a half - and a KD diet plus lots of water was keeping him happy and pretty healthy.

Thursday morning I noticed he hadn't eaten anything and was curled up on the daybed. He was still alert and noticing things, so we just kept an eye on him.

He didn't eat Friday morning either. We fed him some high-calorie supplement, but he seemed to be more active and we figured he'd come out of it.

Late Friday afternoon I found him lying on the floor, and his back legs wouldn't move. Took him to the vets, they were going to do blood tests and put him on fluids overnight. He wasn't in any pain, just fussing a bit at being held (like usual) though not as actively trying to escape as usual.

He went into respiratory and cardiac arrest this morning. Blood tests showed his kidneys had pretty much completely shut down, and he was getting almost no oxygenated blood to his back legs at all. It was fast, he was not uncomfortable, he lived well until the very end.

He was 22 years old. Goodnight Old Man.
Current Mood: sadsad
Susanlil_shepherd on November 19th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. It hurts, however whatever age they are.
rdmaughan on November 19th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss. Glad it was without pain.
daisy_knotwisedaisy_knotwise on November 19th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
22 years is an awfully good ride for a cat.

hms42 on November 19th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat.
markbernsteinmarkbernstein on November 19th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Our condolences.
Tom Smith: speechlessfilkertom on November 19th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
So very sorry. Hugs and gentle songs to you.
GreyLady: Koshgrey_lady on November 19th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sincere sympathies for the loss.
Mikehickbear on November 19th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Much much love to you and ladyat. I'm holding you both very close to my heart.
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on November 19th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss.

You gave him a long, rich life. May your life be enriched by his memory.
Mandelbear: rosemdlbear on November 19th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
My condolences.
Maia Cmaiac on November 19th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. Black cats are THE BEST. You gave him a very good, impressively long life.
fghermanfgherman on November 19th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss.
archiver_timarchiver_tim on November 19th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry for you loss. You got to enjoy his life. Best comfort to you my friends.
Lesliehuskiebear on November 19th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your loss. {*hugs*}
Jim: puss_in_bootspoltr1 on November 19th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
You and ladyat gave him 22 years of a good life. He will be missed.