Some of you know about Dewey, my cat with kidney failure. He had to be put to sleep yesterday.
Last Wednesday night, he wasn’t feeling well. He kept going to the litter box and straining (not to pee but like he was constipated) and he threw up a few times. He was straining again on Thursday morning so I took him to the vet on Thursday. They did a few things for constipation and nausea. Those things improved but he still wasn’t feeling well.
I took him to the vet again on Saturday and they re-did his blood work and his levels were off the charts. The vet told me he didn’t have much time left (probably a few days). I took him home but he continued to decline. By Sunday morning, I knew I had to do something. I called the at-home euthanasia service but they didn’t have a doctor working on Sunday. I made an appointment for Monday morning but Sunday evening I took him to an emergency clinic to be put to sleep. He was doing bad (couldn’t really walk, howling, seemed pretty unresponsive and disoriented) and I didn’t think he could wait until Monday morning. I was concerned he might start having seizures or something else that would cause him more suffering.
My heart is shattered. I adore all my cats, but Dewey and I always had a special bond. He was a little feral when he showed up at my place. At first, I couldn’t touch him or get too close to him. I had to spend some time talking to him and hanging out as close as he would let me get and getting him to trust me. Once I could touch him and he came into the house, he became a total mama’s boy and he was usually by my side. He was so sweet and funny and quirky. He was my baby and the love of my life.
I’m also very upset about how things happened on Saturday. I got turned away from one clinic (after I called before I drove there and asked if I could bring him). Then I went to another clinic and had to wait forever. With all the waiting and driving, we were away from home for about 9 1/2 hours. He wasn’t critical on Saturday but I’m sure being away from home that long wasn’t good for him and I wonder if it made him crash and made the end come sooner. I hated having to take him somewhere to be put to sleep, but by then he was pretty out of it and he might not have really known what was going on.
I was holding him when he died so that was a good thing. I miss him so much.