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My cat has been doing terrible for a month now, her losing weight, refusing to eat, nothing working with medication... She has low blood cells and the only thing left is a blood transfusion, which doesn't solve the cause and only buys some time without being sure if anything can be solved. And it's very costly. She's 15 already.

I will have to let her go sadly, this afternoon. I'm spending her last hours in the garden, relaxing and in the sun. I took a lot of pictures and videos but I am so sad. Is there any tips you have for the last hours with your pet. I feel so sad.
Sending love babe, you gave her the best life xx
 
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I've been really bitchy this week because (insert usual bullshit) and have been hiding from my kitty because I just want sleep. But tonight is feeling good and you'd best believe we cuddled for a solid thirty minutes straight. God I just melt with kitty, there is so much fluff to love, ughghughu.
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Also need to get to see my bff because her legendt cats are also my favorite. I love them all so much, unconditionally, every day, OH and they're soooo soft. My pusser is an outdoorsy natural girl and therefore is a rugged boss babe, whereas my friend's two are sophisticated Walmart kitties. Snatch (not her real name but is usually what she gets called) is iconic for always trying to dart out and then returning within 5 minutes by her own accord. Queen.

And Nicolas is a cutie pie but he hides from everybody except me. They are such an important part of my narrative and I'm happy to know them. xx
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Stream upcoming global phenomenon "Mind Your Business" today!
 
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Where have you been hiding?
:( I had been closing my room's door as soon as I get home, mind has not been on its A-game lately. I would never have a dog or a child because I hit stretches of time like that unpredictably. But, Kitty's an outdoor cat who enjoys spending time inside from time to time. She becomes a homebody in the winter, thankfully.

I had shown my love how I could in that funk, get her out to play in the pasture as she wishes even at 3am, and gave her the good food.

Thankfully she's forgiven me. This evening, we have been talking about our weekend, petting, and belly rubbing, And I'm letting her groom haself even though she's clearly going to fall off the bed if my hand weren't holding her booty up, but she knows I always catch her and therefore accepts my services. Confident unapologetic woman queen.

I really do love her a lot and hope we have each other for many more low-key single years.
 
This week's farm drama was a man rocking up, handing the (85-year-old) woman who runs it a bag containing two guinea pigs, saying "kids don't want 'em anymore" and walking off. No names, no equipment, no donation, not even a thank you - just entitled hand-em-off because his shitface little bastard kids can't be arsed to look after the pets they doubtlessly shrieked the house down for.

They were generally ok, save for hugely overgrown claws, but petrified. We made them a nice den and within ten minutes they were snuffling at the quartet of females (a.k.a. the Spice Girls (Geri died)) in the next pen.

I know guinea pigs aren't necessarily the most interactive rock n' roll pets, but I hate the way people are so callously disposable with animals.
 
It's been a while since I posted here, but sadly my beloved kitty passed away the ending of May. I didn't want to post here that soon, because I still feel hurt and miss her deeply, and I think it will stay forever sadly, but time will make me be able to cope better. Sadly yeah I was crying after this.

Since May, she had a bladder infection and stopped eating, and we focused on that while she lost weight, things did not improve. I gave her the medicine each day and night, but it didn't work and was just another issue. Then after a while she did not recover and was away from home a full day and two nights, and multiple vet visits did not bring her back to health. Even a rush visit to another vet when I gave her food with a tube which she did eat something, and you could see she got more trouble after that, but it did not help. I was so scared cuz she reacted so badly on it.

Finally, after more bloodwork again we found she probably had an auto-immune disease which fought off her red blood cells, she only had 10% left while cats normally have 40%. So, imagine how tired she was only having 25% of her normal energy. The only thing we could do was a blood transfusion, which does not solve the root of the issues and only buys time to investigate the issue, while it probably could not be healed too. So after the vet, I took her home again and spend the full day giving her the best day ever, however impossible with her low energy. I spent all day with her cuddling on bed, on the couch, letting her around in the garden and then I had to come back to let her go for good.

My sister called to say her goodbyes, as my Mum and Dad both visited and the latter went with me to the vet. I brought her in her most comfy basket and put her on my lap while she went to sleep and was very ready for it I think. I see it in the pictures from her from that day, it's so sad to see her like that but at least it puts me in comfort that it was her time. She’s my best friend for life, and I miss her dearly every day. She was my support for over 15 years and such a cutie. Home is not the same now, it’s empty. She’s in cat heaven now, and I had a lot of support from friends, family, and others about it. I wish she was with me for longer but 15 is an acceptable age, while only 25% of cats get older, it still feels too young to have let her go.

This was a great support to me: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm
I now have a new project to remember her a lot: Collecting all pictures to turn into a nice remembrance booklet for my family and hope it goes better a little each day. And my sister made me a booklet with collection of all the photos I've shared in our family app with comments, about how she went of through her day, how she liked it her. We were always joking she was in her pension with me, full rested and enjoying everything by herself.

Posting here is part of my process to deal with her passing. It's been a while and whenever I'm tipsy or feel bad and go home, I hope she's around, but she's not. I do miss her and cry a little, but finally I'm able to sleep after. The first days after her passing, I couldn't work or do anything, and I bursted into tears each time I saw a friend who knew. But after a while I tried little by little and

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I'm so sorry @Laurence I know how much you loved that kitty. You gave her the best life, and you will always have the memories.

Our big boy isn't doing so well since two years ago but he's hanging in there, he has small cell lymphoma so he's getting treatment for that. Some days he's 100% himself, bubbly and sassy some others not so much. Having three other kitties helps so much even though it's a mess.
 
he/him/basic cishomo
It's been a while since I posted here, but sadly my beloved kitty passed away the ending of May. I didn't want to post here that soon, because I still feel hurt and miss her deeply, and I think it will stay forever sadly, but time will make me be able to cope better. Sadly yeah I was crying after this.

Since May, she had a bladder infection and stopped eating, and we focused on that while she lost weight, things did not improve. I gave her the medicine each day and night, but it didn't work and was just another issue. Then after a while she did not recover and was away from home a full day and two nights, and multiple vet visits did not bring her back to health. Even a rush visit to another vet when I gave her food with a tube which she did eat something, and you could see she got more trouble after that, but it did not help. I was so scared cuz she reacted so badly on it.

Finally, after more bloodwork again we found she probably had an auto-immune disease which fought off her red blood cells, she only had 10% left while cats normally have 40%. So, imagine how tired she was only having 25% of her normal energy. The only thing we could do was a blood transfusion, which does not solve the root of the issues and only buys time to investigate the issue, while it probably could not be healed too. So after the vet, I took her home again and spend the full day giving her the best day ever, however impossible with her low energy. I spent all day with her cuddling on bed, on the couch, letting her around in the garden and then I had to come back to let her go for good.

My sister called to say her goodbyes, as my Mum and Dad both visited and the latter went with me to the vet. I brought her in her most comfy basket and put her on my lap while she went to sleep and was very ready for it I think. I see it in the pictures from her from that day, it's so sad to see her like that but at least it puts me in comfort that it was her time. She’s my best friend for life, and I miss her dearly every day. She was my support for over 15 years and such a cutie. Home is not the same now, it’s empty. She’s in cat heaven now, and I had a lot of support from friends, family, and others about it. I wish she was with me for longer but 15 is an acceptable age, while only 25% of cats get older, it still feels too young to have let her go.

This was a great support to me: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm
I now have a new project to remember her a lot: Collecting all pictures to turn into a nice remembrance booklet for my family and hope it goes better a little each day. And my sister made me a booklet with collection of all the photos I've shared in our family app with comments, about how she went of through her day, how she liked it her. We were always joking she was in her pension with me, full rested and enjoying everything by herself.

Posting here is part of my process to deal with her passing. It's been a while and whenever I'm tipsy or feel bad and go home, I hope she's around, but she's not. I do miss her and cry a little, but finally I'm able to sleep after. The first days after her passing, I couldn't work or do anything, and I bursted into tears each time I saw a friend who knew. But after a while I tried little by little and

She's such a ball of fluffy love. I am so glad you and her got to cross paths ok this universe. She's clearly had a really good life thanks to you, and that's what matters. How is the project going/how you holding up?
 
She's such a ball of fluffy love. I am so glad you and her got to cross paths ok this universe. She's clearly had a really good life thanks to you, and that's what matters. How is the project going/how you holding up?
Thank you. Not a lot of progress, but this has motivated me to start again. I feel like every big project like reorganizing my photos or stuff takes me a long while and I never finish those, but this is something that is definitely needing of finishing.
 
I do love seeing a pet with a satellite dish thing on - it's just... cute.

Two of our cats were cousins and, when they were spayed together, worked out some mutual arrangement that, as they couldn't get to their own stitches because of the collar thing, they pulled each other's out.
 
Has anyone had to deal with chronic otitis in their pet? My dog is nearly 10 now and for the past two years has had constant ear infections. Unfortunately there isn't a cure, just management, but it's exhausting. Just back from another visit to the vet this morning because I noticed one ear was pretty red and swollen.

He's taking a daily tablet since earlier this year to manage the infection but it's incompatible with vaccines; there has to be a 30-day wait between stopping/starting the treatment and any vaccination. He was due to get his yearly vaccines in June but whenever we try to lower the dose to get a safe window, the infection flares up again.
 

matthew.

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My cat had to be hospitalized for antibiotic responsive cholangiohepatitis on Monday and she came home last night. Very stressful but she's expected to make a full recovery. HOWEVER she has been placed on an antibiotic for the next 28 days (!) and I was curious as to if any of you had any advice on how to give a very stubborn cat their pills? She is so bad about taking it, she won't eat wet food with a pill in it and she fights and spits it out. I did cream cheese with this pill this morning and it was a battle.
 
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