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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Good-bye, Miss Kit Kat

Kit Kat went to kitty heaven today to visit her sisters. Several years ago, I had three cats in the house, they all lived long lives, the others lived at least 12-15 years.  Kit Kat was at least 17. My daughter rescued her, and we don't know how old she was when she came to live with us.


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I was planning to work this morning and then call the vet at lunchtime.  I walked about halfway to the office and turned around and came back and called my manager to let her know I would not be in.

Luckily the vet on call was someone I knew.  Marty, is a tour guide for Mesa Verde and an employee of Aramark. He is a retired veterinarian, working this week a few days while the vet was out of the office.  I felt better that it was someone I knew, and he told me exactly what was going on with her, and this made the decision easier.

I did not like making this decision, and in the past would have my husband decide and take the animals to the vet.  But this is something I had to do alone now. I stayed with her during the 2 shots, they sedated her first.  After she was sedated, she vomited some treats I had given her on Sunday (to get her to take her medicine). The tumor was blocking parts of the stomach and intestine and that is why she would/could not eat. More proof that she was not doing well and I could not let her suffer any longer.




I often said she was a good "watchdog", we just needed to teach her how to bark.  She would sleep at the foot of my bed facing the door staring into the hallway.  In the RV, she loved to watch out the window.  If someone was closer than she liked, the ears would perk up and her eyes would get big.  I wondered what she would do if she thought I was in danger, would she scratch and bite someone?




Traveling Kit Kat, my co-pilot.  I will miss her "talking" to me when I come in the door at lunchtime and after work.  She was always a very "talkative" cat.















28 comments:

  1. Teri, I am so sorry about Kit Kat. But being the loving person you are, you made the right decision for her. My heart cries for you. Hugs.

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  2. Teri,

    My heart aches for you; I know what it is to make that decision. Please remember that you indeed made a loving decision. I hope you can find comfort in the memories of joy and love you shared with Kit Kat and that one day you will be reunited with her. Gentle hugs!

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  3. How sad it must be to have to say goodbye to your furry friend. Our companions are so precious. Best thoughts to you.

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  4. I'm so sorry for the loss of your furbaby. :( Hugs to you...xoxox

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  5. Having just faced this situation last month, I know how you feel. I am so sad for you but glad you made the decision that was best for Kit-Kat. As my brother always says, it's the last thing we can do for them that they cannot do for themselves. I am grieving with you as I know what a hole the loss of a fur friend leaves in our lives. God Bless.

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  6. Teri thanks for sharing this couragous thing you have done for your friend. I know this is one of the very hardest things those of us who love our animals so must ever do. You have loved her mightily right through the end. My heart goes out to you.

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  7. I'm so sorry, Teri. so so hard. I had Jeremy (he is 16) ultrasounded a couple of years ago and it was inconclusive but I have had him on Royal Canin food ever since. He is doing well for now, but I know that eventually I will face what you are facing. You gave her such a wonderful life, lucky kitty and lucky you to have shared it.

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  8. so very sorry for the loss of your 'travelling companion'..it is a hard decision to make but not one that they can make for themselves so they look to us to do that for them..it is the kindest thing you can do for a beloved pet...take care Teri..sending you a 'cyber hug'..

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  9. So sorry for your loss. I know how you loved your Kit Kat.
    But as the others have said you did the most loving thing for Kit Kat you could.

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  10. Sad to hear about your loss, but know that Kit Kat has now found peace. I had to put down my 15 year old black lab two weeks after my dad died, and honestly...losing my dog was a bit harder (because she was my daily companion).

    I know this experience must have been traumatic, but take comfort in knowing you did the only thing left that could be done to ease her suffering. She sounds like she had a wonderful life and was quite a character.

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  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's tough to lose a long-time pet. They become family members, sometimes better,since they're always happy to see you and always like you just the way you are.

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  12. Teri, I am sorry that you had to make such a hard decision about Kit Kat. I am glad that you were able to enjoy her company for as long as you did.

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  13. So sorry Teri. Glad you had so many years together.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I dread the day when the time comes to say goodbye to my little fur kids. :( I know it must have been so hard to make that decision but you did what was best for Kit Kat.

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  15. Oh no Teri...sad to read this. I am always reminded of a George Straight song.."We could have missed the pain but we would have missed the dance". I don't think any of us would want to miss the dance with our pets. KitKat looks so happy in the motorhome...I'm sure she super enjoyed her new surroundings.

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  16. My heart is breaking for your loss. It's hard to lose a companion, but you did what was best for Kit Kat.

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  17. So sorry... Hugs.
    Mark and Bobbie.

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  18. Coming home to an empty rig will be hard for a while. So sorry you had to make this decision, but it was the best one you could make. :(

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  19. A hard time. Sorry for your loss.

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  20. Oh little Kit Kat...so sorry ... and making the decision is so hard. I had to do it for two pets. But as Judy said ... it was the best one you could make...

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  21. Teri, I'm very, very sorry to read this. It's always so hard to have to say goodbye. The emptiness is horrible. But remember how much she meant in your life & she'll live on in your heart forever. {{hugs}}
    I'm in tears for you as I've been through this more times than I care to think about...

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss of Miss Kit Kat. It sounds like she had a wonderful life though. We went through the same thing about a year ago and it is so hard. We ended up getting a new little kitten and he really helped heal our broken hearts.

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  23. Oh Teri, I am behind on reading blogs and so very sorry I missed this. I love my animals and it hurts so badly to lose one. I am sorry.

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  24. Teri, I was so sad to read about Kit Kat - it's really hard to make these decisions. I like the thought that Miss Kit Kat is now with her sisters in kitty heaven.

    You have lots of happy memories and photos of Kit Kat. Of course you did the best thing for her, and I hope you are doing okay.

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  25. I'm so sad for you. And glad you had Miss Kit Kat as long as you did. Good memories for you... kind thoughts from me.

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  26. I'm sorry to hear about kit kat. Good thing she had a long life and didn't leave you early. Now you can keep her in your heart and remember the years you had with her.

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