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Old 11-10-2011, 12:16 PM
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I think Audrey's time is near.
Her teeth are falling out from the tumor growth. She really wants to eat, but just stares at the food. She is really frustrated with her tumor - and tries to either run away from it or to scratch / rub it off. She's turned into a sad angry cat from a happy, jolly, easygoing kitty. She also lost 3 ounces in a week despite all my attempts at feeding. She used to be around the dogs all the time, and now she just hides under the comforter all day. This is not who she is. The hard part is that she still has that spark and determination on her face, but I know that she is fighting a losing battle.
I am amazed that she lasted this long, but I really cherish the extra time. I will miss my little purring engine, but she's lived a really full and long life - loved by not just by me, but by her canine siblings, James, my husband and my parents (who will be sad not to see her for Thanksgiving).
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:29 PM
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My heart breaks for you and all that you are going through.

I do agree though - sometimes "you just know". It appears that time is close. So very sorry you are having to go through this (along with everything else you have going on!!!).

Please consider yourself hugged!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:07 PM
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((Yunhee)) I'm glad you got your extra time with your little purring machine. I don't know how you do it. Know that all of us here are trying to lift you up with our warmest thoughts and wishes.

Your animal family is so lucky and they all have had wonderful lives

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:13 PM
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Yunhee, my heart goes out to you each time I think of you and your babies. You've had one leave you rather suddenly and another slowly , both about the same time, on top of the issues with Harry.

Wish we could do more than grieve over your losses.

Love and (((hugs))),

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Old 11-10-2011, 04:19 PM
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I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for you Yunhee.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:26 PM
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Thank you my friends.
I don't know how I will be when the time comes this weekend (unless things drastically improve, I promised to myself that I will not prolong her suffering), but I think I am facing this better than I did with James.
James was my first baby to pass, and I really did not know what to expect. Of course, it did not help that his deterioration came on so suddenly and so unexpectedly. I did not know how I would cope. This time, I know there will be agonizing sorrow, but I will survive, and I will go on.
I think I am going to give myself a few weeks to grieve, but I will get a new kitty sometime soon - Having been with cats for 20 years, I can't imagine my life without one.
In someways, I will have Harry and his many many health issues to distract me from losing Audrey. I will also be able to pay some attention to my often-neglected Amy who needs a ton of love and reassurance from her often busy mom.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:51 PM
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I had a cat named London who was diabetic. Trust me when I say treating a diabetic dog is SO much easier than a cat! He was only 7 and I tried so hard to get him regulated but we just couldn't get him there and after 4 months he died at the Emergency Vet hospital over night after his 3rd ketoacidosis attack.

He was so thin and frail - I had planned to take him home the next day just to enjoy the back yard and a beautiful fall day but instead he died alone at the vet hospital. I would give anything to go back and do it the right way. Enjoy the time you have Audrey and know you're doing the right thing.

I'm so sorry you're dealing with all this.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:54 PM
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Thank you Karen.

WIth my James, I had the vet come to our house and do it. With Audrey, I made the appt at the vet office. The process was so quick, I didn't think the vet at home made any difference. It was actually heartbreaking to see the vet carry away my James into her car. I also thought that having a vet come to our house gave me no chance to back out (not that I should have anyways). This seems less final - if she eats or improves, I can change my mine and not feel trapped.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:43 PM
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My heart goes out to you Yunhee as I know what you are going through and know how difficult and painful a decision it is to make.

Take care
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:53 PM
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I know I sound like a complete idiot going back and forth. Today, Audrey came outside to hang out with her canine siblings and even tried to join Harry outside.
She also ate all of her Wellness Chicken & Herring - I wonder if she refused food this morning because it was Chicken, and she does not like this flavor??? Come to think of it, I think it was James who preferred this flavor, and Audrey didn't.
I also switched her antibiotics, and the bad smell is gone.
I know this is a hopeless situation, but I really don't know.
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