It’s been a sad, stressful and anxious three weeks here at home. My mother Jacqueline was taken suddenly ill with pulmonary embolism and has been in hospitals (here and out-of-town) for over two weeks. During this time, our cat Patches became very ill. Coping with both of these events has left me with little time or energy for my blog.
While Mom was recovering (she hasn’t yet returned home), my family had to make a very difficult decision about our beautiful cat Patches, who’s been ill for a few months.
Our vet suspected cancer. Patches, who was about 15 years old, had multiple health issues for which she was being treated – hypothyroidism, arthritis, vestibular disease, low body temperature, kidney problems and bladder infections. The last couple of weeks before she died, Patches was even more unwell, and vomited blood. Dr. Madsen was very supportive, answered any questions we had about Patches’ health, explained that our beloved kitty would progressively get worse, and suggested some options.
We knew we had to make a decision. Since it was the weekend, our son Nicholas asked to have a few more days with Patches. None of us wanted to let her go; after 12 years of living with us, we were afraid of what life would be like without our Patches. Monday morning, I called the vet’s office and made the arrangements to have her put to sleep the next day. Nicholas and I didn’t feel we could be there, but my husband Michael said he could, so he brought Patches to the appointment.
It was the hardest, saddest decision we had to make. The vet reassured Michael that it was the best thing to do, because Patches would only get sicker. During those last few days, we gave Patches extra love, attention, cuddles and kisses. We took photos of her with us and in her favorite spots around the house. We said “I love you Patches … what a good girl …” one last time. In the afternoon of Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, Patches gently fell asleep and passed away in Michael’s arms.
We love you and miss you, Patches.
Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.