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Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:38 PM

Heaven's new angel: My cat Chewie

i had to put her to sleep yesterday. she was with me for ten years, and she was about 18 years old. it's so quiet in my place now...she was quite the talker...she talked all day, every day. i knew something was wrong when she stopped talking a few days ago. she deteriorated so quickly, but it was a blessing. she had never been sick before, so i am glad she did not suffer long.

when i was recovering from surgery last year, Chewie lay beside my bed for two days. when i left a little better, she jumped on the bed an licked my hand for hours. my mom told me when i was in the hospital for two days, Chewie cried almost the entire time.

Chewie had her issues: she did not like her feet or her tail touched, and she did not like to be picked up. she was quite the beauty, so people were drawn to her when she'd bask in the sun outside my apartment. But woe to the person who tried to touch her...they were often greeted with a quick slap, and sometimes a scratch.

Chewie was quite angry and aggressive when i first got her, but she mellowed over the years, and i learned to respect her quirks. she was a great friend and companion, and i miss her terribly. Rest in peace, my sweet girl.

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Reply Heaven's new angel: My cat Chewie (Original post)
noiretextatique Feb 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Feb 2012 #1
hamsterjill Feb 2012 #2
hifiguy Feb 2012 #3
Ikonoklast Feb 2012 #4
SammyWinstonJack Feb 2012 #4
ceile Feb 2012 #6
Hell Hath No Fury Feb 2012 #7
noiretextatique Feb 2012 #21
CurtEastPoint Feb 2012 #8
Ohio Joe Feb 2012 #9
noiretextatique Feb 2012 #10
Curmudgeoness Feb 2012 #16
noiretextatique Feb 2012 #17
pipi_k Feb 2012 #19
noiretextatique Feb 2012 #22
Curmudgeoness Feb 2012 #20
noiretextatique Feb 2012 #23
sharp_stick Feb 2012 #11
geardaddy Feb 2012 #12
Bossy Monkey Feb 2012 #13
Arugula Latte Feb 2012 #14
Bigleaf Feb 2012 #15
pipi_k Feb 2012 #18

Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:44 PM

1. ..........

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:44 PM

2. I am so sorry!

There are never enough words to convey that. Thank you for loving her and taking care of her for all of those years. Chewie was lucky to have you, and I, too, echo the sentiment that I'm glad she didn't have to suffer long.

I hope that when the time is right...and only YOU will know when that is...that you will consider sharing your home with another needy feline. There are so many that need good homes, and rescuers like myself, would JUMP at the chance to have one placed in a home such as yours.

Until that time comes, please accept my sympathies, and my wish that you have peace and be comforted.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:46 PM

3. I am so sorry for your loss.

There is nothing in the world harder than saying our last goodbyes to our furry friends.



Edited to second hamsterjill's thoughts. When I lost my dear Max back in 2010, it took me a couple of months to set my grief aside, but I so much missed hearing a welcoming meow when I came home each evening that I knew I had to have another kitty. I adopted another wonderful cat from the same place I had adopted Max. Butch is a great cat in his own right, and very happy to have a forever home.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:47 PM

4. May you find her when it is your time to cross the Bridge, waiting patiently.

Thank you for giving Chewie a good life, and a safe passing.






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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:48 PM

6. so sorry...

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 12:49 PM

7. I am so sorry to hear about this. :(

Yes, there is always an "empty" space in the house when they leave us. She sounds like she was a great kitty and loving companion. As for "quirks", it's what makes them so unique and special to us -- and breaks our hearts when they pass. You had ten wonderful years with her -- you were both very lucky ladies.

Hell

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 03:58 PM

21. thanks, my friend

she has lots of aunties who cared for her when i had to deal with family obligations. she was loved by many, and we have lots of great memories.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:00 PM

8. Sweet Chewie misses you, too.

What an angel. So sorry for your loss.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 01:13 PM

9. RIP Chewie - nt

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:24 PM

10. thanks, friends

i agonized over the decision for two days, then i did the right thing. we hung out in the sun for an hour, then my friend came and took us to the vet. it was tough to let go, but she was suffering so. i hope i did right by her.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 08:18 PM

16. You did right by her....and you know you did.

Don't agonize over helping your cat when it she was suffering.

I am so sorry you lost her......it is never easy.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 03:29 PM

17. thank you

it was a tough decision, but i believe i did the right thing for Chewie. it is selfish to hold on to a being who is sick and suffering. a lunatic, posing as a friend, told me i put her to sleep because she did not die fast enough...fng asshole. thank you for your kindness

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 03:43 PM

19. OMG how can people say shit like that?

When one of my old girls got degenerative myelopathy, she gradually got worse and worse as the months went by. She would improve, then get a little worse, etc.

It finally got to the point where not only could she not work her back legs, but she lost the use of her front legs as well.

Yet her mind was still "there" and it bothered her not to be able to move around.

She was almost 14 when we brought her to the vet for the final time. I just couldn't stand to see her suffer anymore.

That's one of the "jobs" of pet parents...to know when our furkids shouldn't suffer anymore just because we don't want to let them go.

Some people...like your friend... just don't understand that concept. You did the right thing.

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Response to pipi_k (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 04:13 PM

22. my former friend has cancer

a recurrence of breast cancer in her bowel lining after 15 years of being cancer-free. her cat died a few years ago, so she took Chewis's illness very personally. Still...no excuse for her callousness. thanks for being a friend to animals.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 03:43 PM

20. What a horrid thing to say to someone

who had to make a difficult decision!

But I suppose that there are people who just do not believe in euthanasia for any reasons. Personally, I would wish for someone to be that compassionate for me when the time comes.

I am terribly sorry you had to have that comment made to you at a time like this.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 04:19 PM

23. thank you, friend

i cannot excuse her, but she is dealing with a recurrence of cancer, so i can understand her evilness, i but she has lost me as a friend. it was hard enough to euthanize Chewie without being blamed by her. I could not bear to watch her suffer any longer.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

11. I'm so sorry

My last two cats were rescues from abusive situations and nothing gratified me more than when they learned to trust me.

Now that my kids are getting older we're going to pick up a kitty from one of the local shelters. Probably not a full on rescue though as I don't think the poor cat could put up with three kids.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:40 PM

12. So sorry to hear of you losing your companion.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:11 PM

13. So sorry. What a beauty. n/t

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 04:56 PM

14. So sorry...


Chewie was adorable.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 05:15 PM

15. I hate reading these threads but the one positive thing I take

from them is that there are others out there who LOVE their animals like I do. I'm very sorry for your loss. What a sweet looking cat.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 03:35 PM

18. I'm so sorry for your loss

in some ways I'm almost more heartbroken for people when their pets die because I know how much our furry friends mean to some of us.

They love unconditionally.

I hope your beloved Chewie is young and well again, wherever she is...

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