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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:19 AM

In case you hadn't heard, Jesse the feral cat is gone.

Last edited Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:18 AM - Edit history (1)

Flaxbee posted this in http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018218414

Edited to say that the post that follows is Flaxbee's. It is she who cared for Jesse for three years; she who trapped him, took him to the vet; it was she who made the tough decision to let him go.

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Jesse was an old man for a feral, about 8-10 years old. He had FIV, and a significant mass in his abdomen that was creating some other issues for him. He had an upper respiratory infection and his mouth was in bad shape (one tooth was broken and looked like it had been for a while, his lower gum was infected).

I looked at his sweet little furry body on the table as he was sedated; it was the first time I'd had a clear, good, long look at him in bright light, and I was able to pet him as I cried all over him.

I decided that the kindest thing to do was to have him put to sleep. If it had just been the abdominal mass, I'd have gone for it and had exploratory surgery done, but with the FIV and his general overall condition which was really quite ragged, I thought that it was not the right thing to do for him.

I'm really just devastated and I keep thinking I hear his distinct yodel/yowl call, the sound he'd make (before he got sick) to announce he was here and wanted his dinner.

He had almost three years of good food and clean water and a clean bed on my porch; I'm glad I was able to support him as he was aging and growing ill. If he'd been healthy, I wanted him to be with me for many years to come and try to integrate him into my cat-family, but with his FIV I couldn't bear the thought of him getting older and sicker throughout the winter with limited hunting ability... I had no way to find him when he left our house every night and I did not want to let him die alone, ill and possibly injured.

Thanks to all of you for your kindness, concern and generosity.

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And this is from Bertha:

There's a quote about people who help animals, or are kind to animals . . . dammit, I can't even remember it well enough to paraphrase it, but maybe someone else knows it. Also, I'm not religious, but St. Francis of Assisi comes to mind.

I join Flaxbee in thanking you all.

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Reply In case you hadn't heard, Jesse the feral cat is gone. (Original post)
Bertha Venation Oct 2012 OP
Demonaut Oct 2012 #1
nolabear Oct 2012 #2
Bertha Venation Oct 2012 #3
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #4
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #5
TwilightGardener Oct 2012 #6
Bertha Venation Oct 2012 #7

Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. RIP little guy

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:45 AM

2. Thank you for easing his passage. RIP Jesse.

You did the best and kindest thing. Old and homeless humans should be treated with such respect. You did good.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:47 AM

3. Flaxbee did good.

And all the people who contributed did good.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:08 AM

4. It's always a tough decision, but what you did shows true love for Jesse. You were right.

 


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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:10 AM

5. I believe this might be the quote you are after...

 

"Not to hurt the creatures brethren is our first duty to them,

but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -

to be of service to them wherever they require it."

Saint Francis

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:41 AM

6. Sad about the kitty--a blessing that he is no longer suffering, though.

He had a friend, and a free, wild kitteh life--pretty lucky boy.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:20 AM

7. Indeed.

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