Friday, May 04, 2007

Feline Friday--Sad Edition



This was always one of my favorite D.K. pictures. I've used it for a Feline Friday post before. I have some recent shots that I would like to post, but they make me cry because you can see how much weight she had lost.

I've been trying to do a Feline Friday post every since I lost D.K., but just haven't been able to bring myself to do it. She had a lump in November that was odd. Upon being taken to visit our wonderful vet, we were told it was malignant and had already spread from the area of the lump and into her lungs. When told of my dismay at not spotting anything sooner, the Vet told us that this was a fast moving form of the disease and the lump had probably not been there in a size we could feel for more than a couple of weeks.We were told we couldn't do much as far as treatment except spoil her, treat any symptoms as they appeared, and enjoy her for the time we had left.  When I asked when, the Vet said we would know when it was time. After telling me that, she would receive several more visits from D.K. and I because if she even sneezed or wheezed I had an appointment and would start  my conversation with "It's probably nothing... But..." She made it 6 more months.

Although she lost a lot of weight during those 6 months, she continued to eat and move about the house somewhat normally, although a little slower than before. But, then she was 12 years old!  She remained bright and happy. And, surprisingly she gave us absolutely no problem taking the medicine each day that she needed. Sometimes it was one pill, sometimes two.... She seemed to know that it helped her! After having been given dry kibble for her entire life I started feeding her soft foods in any variety I thought she would like and we bought her favorite treats in quantity. I figured any food going in was good and was no longer worried about calories or her getting too heavy. Even with unlimited access to food she would go from a robust 12 pounds down to 6 before the end.

Finally on April 14 she showed no appetite for the first time... And on the 15th she stopped drinking. She quickly started to dehydrate, and I could tell she was ready to go. Her eyes no longer bright, she wanted to just stay in her favorite spot and sleep.

Early evening they gave her the shot and she peaceful fell asleep in my arms......

She was a wonderful friend who kept  me laughing and entertained for 12 years. She came to me at only 5 weeks old... a stray kitty who didn't even know how to eat solid food good yet. She would accompany me when I went on the road with the circus and traveled by train all over the country and even to Mexico! When G and I got together she slowly gave her approval and then finally started to prefer his lap to mine. (Something about his sharing of ice cream and other treats maybe??) She will be greatly missed by both of us AND her little 'sister' Morgan.

Rest in Peace


1995 to April 15, 2007



Sissy Willis said...

My heart is breaking at your loss. Your time together was a mighty blessing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the only bad thing about pets is that do not live as long as we do, but we are so blessed by their lives.

I am sorry for your loss.

love, Kas

Aloysius said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. D.K. was such a beautiful cat, and it's obvious you gave her all the love and care that she needed.


Heidi the Hick said...

She was beautiful and much loved.

My beloved cat is 17 this year and like DK he's losing weight. He seemed very sick last fall and I know he's got some kidney problems...but he picked up some. He's himself, only slower, and much skinnier. I've told the kids that we have to love him now while we can. I worry about my daughter; she cuddles up with him every night to fall asleep and has for about ten years.

We used to road trip with him too! (but only about a two hour drive!)

Thank you for sharing about your companion. It's so hard to lose a pet but it's so worth it for what they add to our lives.

BarnGoddess said...


our pets are our best family members, they love us 24/7 regardless...