A Sad Day

This is Mouse, another of our three cats. She is 15. I arrived back from Ayrshire on Tuesday at lunch time. She appeared later that evening. It was clear she was not well at all. She had been lively last week but now she was barely walking. I resolved to take her to the vet in the morning. Thinking she would bed down for the night and since she was in such a state it never occurred to me that she might go out again, so I didn’t lock the cat flap.

In the morning she had gone. I looked for her in most of her usual haunts but she was not there. Finally today I posted notes through all the neighbours doors asking if she had been seen. It turned out this afternoon that a neighbour had found her and was feeding her but didn’t know she was ours.

At the vet this evening I was told she had suffered kidney failure. There was nothing to be done. Tomorrow she will be put to sleep after Kate and Susan have said goodbye.

A sad day.

A Sad Day

2 thoughts on “A Sad Day

  1. Barb says:

    I’m so sorry. This is never easy to do but I’m glad you are acting decisively. One of my much beloved cats suffered kidney failure several years ago but my vet suggested a home treatment that might keep her going for awhile. I tried it and it worked for a week but in the end I only prolonged the inevitable and that for naught.

    It sounds as though your Mouse lived a long and happy life. I pray you’ll be comforted by that knowledge.

  2. Stephen says:

    Hi Barb,
    My Mum & Dad had the same struggle with one of their cats, but ultimately it is futile. Best to put her out of her misery.

    Mouse holds a special place for Susan and I. She was Susan’s first ever pet as her parents didn’t allow any. Mouse was one of the first symbols of ‘leaving and cleaving’!

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