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I just put my cat down
me ^ | 4/4/09 | self

Posted on 04/04/2009 6:26:36 PM PDT by Califreak

She was very sick. I don't know if I did the right thing.

I'm pro-life, but I feel like such a hypocrite.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; pets; vanity
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1 posted on 04/04/2009 6:26:36 PM PDT by Califreak
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To: Califreak

If your cat was very sick, honey, you did the right thing, I promise. And I’m proud of you...that’s a hard, hard thing to do.


2 posted on 04/04/2009 6:27:55 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

It was very hard.

She laid her little head in my hand until the bitter end.


3 posted on 04/04/2009 6:28:55 PM PDT by Califreak (111th Congress: Destroying America With Reckless Abandon)
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To: Califreak
Please, don't feel bad for yourself.

I did the same with my Labrador retriever when he was 13-1/2 years.

4 posted on 04/04/2009 6:29:01 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Califreak

Ending the life of a beloved pet is one of the most difficult things to do but is sometimes necessary to end its suffering.


5 posted on 04/04/2009 6:29:11 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Califreak

I’m very sorry for your loss, but rest assured, you did the right and humane thing. It’s never easy being the human, but we owe our pet friends our compassionate care.

Please visit the forum at http://petloss.com/ It will help.

I lost a much loved cat not long ago very unexpectedly, and it helped me. Be well.


6 posted on 04/04/2009 6:29:29 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Califreak

The same with my Sparky.

Your cat knows that it was very much loved.


7 posted on 04/04/2009 6:29:56 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Califreak

You did the right thing.

Not inconsistent with pro-life beliefs at all.


8 posted on 04/04/2009 6:30:22 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: Califreak

When my kid first adopted a dog from the shelter, I told him, you will have to kill it one day.

That is what men do- they kill the animals when it needs to be done.


9 posted on 04/04/2009 6:30:41 PM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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To: Califreak

my condolences - remember - we are given dominion over the animals.....people are a different story altogether. Nothing hypocritical about it - Im struck by your empathy in the face of pain...and Im sure your memories are rich as are mine


10 posted on 04/04/2009 6:31:10 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Califreak; Slings and Arrows

sad ping


11 posted on 04/04/2009 6:31:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: Califreak

You did good and your love for your cat shows.


12 posted on 04/04/2009 6:32:02 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Califreak

It may be hard now, but in time you’ll know you did the right thing.


13 posted on 04/04/2009 6:32:02 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Califreak

You did the right thing. A pet always looks to you. I know it’s hard to put a pet you love to sleep, but it’s selfish to make him suffer.


14 posted on 04/04/2009 6:32:19 PM PDT by Krankor (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me.)
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To: Califreak

I can empathize...it hurts like heck! You have my sympathy.


15 posted on 04/04/2009 6:32:52 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: Califreak

Putting a suffering animal down is humane. It doesn’t make you a pro-life hypocrite. When it’s your turn to cross over I’m sure the cat will be waiting for you to say thanks.


16 posted on 04/04/2009 6:33:17 PM PDT by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: Califreak

I share your pain, having put two beloved furgirls into the ground within the last year. But the day comes, always, when we have to make that tough choice.

One online vet wrote that pets never seem to die when they need to, leaving the decision to us.

I believe God takes pets into heaven to wait for us.


17 posted on 04/04/2009 6:33:40 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Califreak

Don’t beat yourself up. You did the right thing.
I feel your pain. Been through the death of my dog.

He was sick in many ways but not enough to do that
although I would have somehow done it, had he gotten real bad.

Stay strong and know you did right.


18 posted on 04/04/2009 6:33:45 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to 0bama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: Califreak
Cali, I had to put down my pup (actually 14 year old Dalmatian) three weeks ago.

The old boy had cancer. Even through I know I was doing the right thing, it hurt like the dickens. I cried like a baby.

Ya did the right thing my FRiend.

Regarding the life issue, even my priest who is a BIG dog lover put one of his own dog down after it was diagnosed with kidney failure.

19 posted on 04/04/2009 6:33:47 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Califreak

I’m so sorry. But if you can’t relieve the suffering of a pet, it’s the best thing to do. I have a bird and some days he’s the thing that makes me smile the hardest.

Here’s “Rainbow Bridge” for you.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...


20 posted on 04/04/2009 6:34:15 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
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To: Califreak

I’m so sorry for your loss of your little friend and family member. I’m glad you were there with her, comforting her. I’m sure it was so very hard. Please post a picture of her for us here if you can, ok?


21 posted on 04/04/2009 6:35:09 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel
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To: Califreak
You did the right thing.

It was an act of LOVE. You may not believe this, but it is true.
Letting go of a pet is extremely difficult.
Concentrate on the good positive moments you've had with your cat. That's the way your cat would want to be remembered.

22 posted on 04/04/2009 6:35:33 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Domandred
When it’s your turn to cross over I’m sure the cat will be waiting for you to say thanks.

Yours is one of the nicest sentiments I seen posted on this site in the ten years I have been around.

23 posted on 04/04/2009 6:36:02 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Califreak

Wasn’t she so very lucky to have someone who loved her that much??!! You aren’t a hypocrite...you were compassionate, it hurt you MUCH MORE than it hurt her.


24 posted on 04/04/2009 6:36:04 PM PDT by briarbey b (There is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: Califreak
I recommend Mark Levin's Rescuing Sprite or the new DVD out this week Marley and Me.

I once read that the mourning on the loss of a loved-one is the shadow of all the love they gave while alive, so focus not on the shadow, but the memory of that love.

25 posted on 04/04/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: Califreak

We’ve had to do the same with two much loved dogs. We buried both of them in our back yard....and planted rose bushes on their graves. It hurt us, but we made sure that they didn’t hurt anymore. You did the right thing. At some point, suffering has to end.


26 posted on 04/04/2009 6:36:33 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Califreak

You gave your kitty all the love she could ever need while she lived and even as her life ended. That is all that matters.


27 posted on 04/04/2009 6:37:29 PM PDT by Excellence (What Madoff is to finance Gore is to global warming.)
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To: Califreak

Very sorry about your cat.

The loss of a much loved pet is very hard.


28 posted on 04/04/2009 6:37:43 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Califreak; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

29 posted on 04/04/2009 6:37:52 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:(~)
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To: Califreak

I am so sorry but you did the right thing. I too am pro-life but do not want an animal to suffer needlessly. God bless you.


30 posted on 04/04/2009 6:37:56 PM PDT by sibb1213
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To: Califreak
Why let your cat suffer? You absolutely did the right thing. Please don't feel bad.

My cat has melanoma and I'll be in your shoes in another month or two.

31 posted on 04/04/2009 6:38:37 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: Califreak

I’m sorry for your loss.

I remember the first time I had to put one of my pets down, a cat, the vet shared with me that in his opinion, keeping a suffering animal alive was selfish on our part and that he thought it more humane of us to give them rest from their suffering.

He told me the clue to when to put them to sleep should be when the animal cannot enjoying it’s life because of suffering. Of course we don’t know everything but they are put here for us to take care of and seeing their end comes with as little suffering as possible is one of our responsibilities when we decide to care for them in the first place.

It’s hard enough without feeling the added guilt but I’m sure all of us who have over the years had to do this for our animals can say it is never easy.

I’m sure you and your vet came to the right conclusion for your cat. It’s so very hard and very sad but better to have cared for them to the end.

Godspeed in your healing.


32 posted on 04/04/2009 6:39:14 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: Califreak
We are going through the same thing with our Cat, Daisy. She is like one of the family, a truly amazing animal. (And I was most definitely NOT a Cat lover until living with her)

I'm dreading the inevitability of the day you just went through. Thank God for the memories and the time you were allowed to spend with your friend, a completely innocent and unconditionally loving being.

I think at most times I much prefer their company to that of most Human Beings I know or have heard about.

33 posted on 04/04/2009 6:40:25 PM PDT by TCats
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To: Califreak

I know how you feel. I had a Calico cat for ten years that ended up with cancer. I had no choice but to put him down. My Wife drove us to the clinic while I held him in my arms and hugged him the whole way there. I told him just how grateful I was to have had him as a pet and what he had meant to me and my family.

When we got to the clinic, I hugged him one more time, told him I loved him and gave him to my Wife to take inside.

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, so I know what you are going through. You did the right and humane thing.


34 posted on 04/04/2009 6:41:55 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: Califreak

Four years ago we had to put down our Jonathan. He was a big beautiful Norwegian Forest cat. He was such a sweet loving guy.

He started to bleed from the bowel. We did all we could, but he was so sick and had wasted.

I still cry for him, but we did the right thing.

Okay, now I am crying. So I know how you feel.


35 posted on 04/04/2009 6:42:28 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Califreak
I recommend this book:

Here's what Amazon says:

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish

Product Description A STUNNINGLY INTIMATE LOOK AT THE LOVE BETWEEN A FAMILY AND A DOG WHICH MOVINGLY SHOWS THAT "IN THE END, WE HUMANS ARE THE LUCKY ONES."

Although Mark Levin is known as a constitutional lawyer and a nationally syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and foremost, a dog lover. In 1998, he and his family welcomed a half-Border Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named Pepsi into their lives. Six years later, his wife and son persuaded him to adopt a dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel mix. It turned out he was older than originally thought, and he was the most beautiful dog they'd ever seen. They named him Sprite. Their lives would never be the same.

During the next two years, Sprite and Pepsi were inseparable. And Sprite's bond with the Levin family deepened. Friends, neighbors, and even Mark's radio audience came to know and love Sprite. But Sprite's health deteriorated -- even as his spirits remained high and his beauty and grace continued to inspire. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2006, the Levin family said their emotional final good-bye. Crushed and consumed with grief, Mark turned to family, friends, and fans for help. But new hope came when the Levins least expected it. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

I always hear Mark Levin recommend it on the radio to those who've lost our loved pets.

May you find Peace, and Trust in God!

36 posted on 04/04/2009 6:43:44 PM PDT by PureSolace (Trust in God)
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To: Califreak

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I had to put my favorite cat to sleep 3 years ago, and I still miss the little guy. Rest assured you did the right thing. She isn’t suffering anymore.


37 posted on 04/04/2009 6:46:02 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Califreak
The absolute hardest thing I've ever done in my life was to put down my beloved “Smidge” a few years ago. She was 13. And I probably let her suffer a week or two longer than she should have. You did the right thing. Trust me.
38 posted on 04/04/2009 6:46:45 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: Califreak

Cat lovers (and dog lovers) know when it is time. I had to put down two cats (Simon and Samantha) in a span of 10 months and they were two of the toughest days of my life.

I saw it in their eyes and I knew it - down to the hour - when I had to make that trip to the vet.

I’ll never forget Simon and Samantha, but I know that I did all I could and have no regrets. They made my life better and I did all I could to make their’s better as well. It is a partnership.

I now have two cats that I love like there is no tomorrow. Canoe and Lilly. The cycle starts all over again.


39 posted on 04/04/2009 6:46:48 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: Califreak

When my cat goes, I’ve decided to give him a full-on Viking funeral. I’ll put his body on a wooden palette, soak it in diesel, strike a match and send it floating in the L.A. Harbor. I’ll probably get arrested for it.


40 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:05 PM PDT by TruthHound (ANY)
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To: reagan_fanatic
My vet was so compassionate during the whole thing.

She asked if I wanted to be in the room while they put 101 down.

They brought in a blanket and 101 laid down, me right next to him.

I talked with him the whole time, the sedative made him sleepy and he just put his head on my knee.

After it was over the vet told me I could remain in the room as long as I needed.

Several days later I got a sympathy card from the vet and the staff.

41 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:16 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Califreak

I’m so sorry for your loss. I had to do the same thing with my beloved kitty 2 years ago. It was, by far, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I still miss him so much. I’m sure you did the right thing. It’s obvious you loved your cat very much.


42 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:16 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Califreak

I am so sorry for your loss and share it with you. I had to put my precious cat down four days ago. He, too, had gotten so sick and was actively dying. But my guilt is compounded by the fact that I couldn’t go with my husband to the vet because I was so upset I could barely breathe. I wasn’t there for the little guy when he took his last breath. Oh, I hope he forgives me for that.


43 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:18 PM PDT by LibSnubber
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To: Califreak
You did what you needed to do.

We all go through it.

Don't even feel as though you betrayed the pro-life cause. The big difference is that your cat is still an animal. We love our pets, but we've got to remember the distinction between human and animals. Unfortunately in this day and age the distinction is too often blurred.

God Bless, and hang in there.

44 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:37 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Califreak

Get this book
Mark Levin’s Heartfelt Book - Rescuing Sprite


45 posted on 04/04/2009 6:48:45 PM PDT by mazda77
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To: Califreak

That is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. My heart goes out to you.
The fact that you are having those feelings indicates how much you loved your pet.
God bless.


46 posted on 04/04/2009 6:50:21 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LibSnubber

I did the same thing. I was just in such pain.


47 posted on 04/04/2009 6:50:36 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Califreak

I’m so sorry about your little furbaby. He/She was much loved, but I believe that when we get to Heaven, God will give our little furbabies back to us. Sometimes doing the hardest thing shows the most love for our pets.

My kitty baby is very sick right now and I dread that final day. Take heart...you will always love her and she knows you loved her. Read the Rainbow Bridge poem, it’s touching and so beautiful.

Take care. MMJ


48 posted on 04/04/2009 6:50:42 PM PDT by MarineMomJ (If you're walking on thin ice, you might as well dance!)
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To: Califreak
Peace be with you. Please indulge me for a moment regarding our little friends we share life with.

Your friend was very much alive. Life is not chemicals and molecules, life is a dimension more which uses molecules and chemicals. Life is not stuck in the time frame we counts. Your little friend was alive and will always be alive. But your friend is no longer using the chemicals and molecules to express its self. And be assured, each of our beloved friends is a self and God gives the self and the self does not persih when the body stops. Sorrow not even as them who have no hope, for we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The Lord the giver of LIFE doesn't waste that which has love and is loved.

49 posted on 04/04/2009 6:50:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Califreak

Animals are not afraid of death. But they are usually afraid of pain. Think about that when you start thinking you did wrong to your pet.


50 posted on 04/04/2009 6:52:14 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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