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Friday, June 23, 2017

A loss

Maximillion

We knew this day would come.

Max for short!

This dear soul clothed in the skin of a domestic cat was always the sick one.

Max (left) with his brother Wally (right)
Yes, from the age of 3 years, he lived with degenerative kidney disease.  When we heard the news, we were devastated.  That is not a good diagnosis in a young cat.  But the vet offered us a life line.  If we fed him prescription food and were willing to give him subcutaneous fluids every other day, we might extend his life a few years.
 
Well YES!! We would do that. ANYTHING!! And they trained us in the technique.

And so began the journey of nursing a 3 year old cat with a bad diagnosis for years and years.

When he died, 5 days ago, he was 11 years old!  ELEVEN YEARS!  No one would have guessed that a "few years" would extend to 8 years.

In March he began to lose weight.  The vet confirmed his kidney lab values were dropping.  His appetite had dropped off dramatically.  We continued the fluids every other night, and then every night at half dose to even out his hydration.  We scoured the stores for foods that would tempt him to eat.  We fed him several times a day.  We carefully monitored him for quality of life issues.  We enjoyed every moment because we knew the moments were rapidly disappearing.

He tried and he tried and he tried.  But by the time we reached June, we knew we were losing the battle.  The time had come to make that terribly tough decision - the one where you put the needs of your pet ahead of your own desires.




Time to say goodbye.



You are missed, dear Max.  So very very much.  Rest in peace with all the other dear souls that have gone before you.






6 comments:

  1. He's s beautiful boy and I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a precious cat. You gave him love and a wonderful life and I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  2. So sorry for your loss. I know you're hurting. Hang in there.

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  3. Sharing a broken heart and tears with you....

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  4. It is so hard when our pets die. So sorry to hear of your loss. He was much loved by you.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss but amazed how long Max was able to be with you after his diagnosis.

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  6. So sorry to hear about the loss of Maximilion. How fabulous that he had 8 happy years with you. You were both lucky to have each other.

    Love the name! My sons' name is Maximilian but we call him Max.

    We lost our dear Aries three years ago but remember her all the time.

    Sarah.

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