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Zane
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:31:53 am »
This is to let you know that at around midnight tonight, my cat Zane was committed to the care of St. Francis for his trip to Rainbow Bridge.

There was no sign that he was in any way ill.  He was his old self--not the feisty cat of his younger days, but pretty much normal for the big, fat lazy lumpcat he has been the last couple of years.  He was affectionate and playful, was eating (he scarfed down the chicken I gave him from my dinner.)  However, just before I was about to go to bed I found him on the floor of the bathroom.  When I spoke his name he didn't move, and when I touched him he yowled; his tongue was lolling out, and presently reddish fluid came out of his mouth.  I called my friend and Masonic brother Vaughn Shafer and he drove us to the 24-hour emergency veterenary clinic.  They put Zane into the oxygen chamber, and diagnosed him as having his lungs full of fluid, most likely from conjestive heart failure.  The vet told me that there was nothing they could do and that any pallatives would simply prolong his suffering; accordingly, I performed a responsible pet owner's last duty.

He is to be cremated; I haven't yet decided what to do with his ashes.

Please keep me in your prayers; I am going to be needing a great deal of help and support over the next few weeks, and will probably be emotionally quite fragile.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 01:28:05 am »
I am so sorry to hear that.  Losing a beloved furry family member is never easy.

You and yours are in my thoughts.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 03:25:17 am »
Oh, Elkhound, that is terribly sad news.  I am so sorry for your lose. I know that for those of us who are animal lovers, our pets are our children. Keep fond memories close to your heart and know that your big "lumpcat"  had a good life with you as his roommate.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 06:01:55 am »
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear, furry friend Zane.  You and he will be in my thoughts.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 07:44:18 am »
I'm so sorry, Elkhound.  I know how deeply it to hurts to lose a fur-friend.  You'll be in my prayers.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 11:40:48 am »
Thank you.  I can't stand to be in my apartment, with all the reminders of him--but I can't stand to be outside among other people, either.

No warm, fuzzy lump against my chest at night.  No yowling to get me up and play at 6:30 am.  I'm just crying and crying.

I went to my vet this morning and we reviewed his medical records, and she assures me that she is as sure as she can be without a necropsy that there was no way this could have been either predicted or prevented.  She also explained that at almost 15, Zane was like a 93-year-old man, and therefore had been on 'borrowed time' for a long period.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 03:46:38 pm »
(((Elkhound))) I'm so sorry, Zane sounds like he was a great cat and companion. You did the best and kindest thing you could for him in the circumstances. But it's still hard to come home and know he won't be there to greet you. I lost my dear Nina from congestive heart failure three years ago.  Been there and felt that! I know it's too soon right now, but I recommend finding yourself a new cat friend when you can stand it.  Zane can't be replaced, but he can have worthy successors.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 03:57:10 pm »
Elkhound, I'm so sorry. I will keep you and Zane in my thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 07:35:52 pm »
So sorry to hear about Zane.  May he rest in peace.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2013, 07:52:34 pm »
Been there and felt that! I know it's too soon right now, but I recommend finding yourself a new cat friend when you can stand it.  Zane can't be replaced, but he can have worthy successors.

Melissa

Thank you.  I've already decided to get another cat.  But not yet.  Not for a while.  I don't know how long. 

Zany Zane.  Zane the Insane.  The Cat of Small Brain. 

But actually, he was a very smart cat.  I would say,  "Zane, do you want supper?"  He'd run to the cabinet where his food was kept and start pounding on it. 

When my back went out, he'd curl up against me right where it hurt the most--probably because the inflamed tissue was warmer, but still--and purred.  Like a live vibrating heating pad.  I called it 'taking Feline Therapy.'  My apartment tends to be cold in the winter, and he loved to snuggle up to me, like a furry hot water bottle. 

I will miss him SO much.  I cry and cry and cry, and as soon as I think I'm cried out, something will happen to set me off again.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2013, 05:09:24 pm by Elkhound »

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Re: Zane
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 11:07:22 pm »
I agree with Shiral about finding another cat when you can stand it.  I can think of no more fitting testimony to Zane's memory than to go to the shelter and rescue a cat.

When my family lost Catarina and Roxanne within months of each other (at the venerable ages of 20 and 18, respectively), we didn't want another cat right away, but a rescue landed in our laps (almost literally) a year to the day after we lost Roxie.  PJ adopted us.  Merlin, the newest feline family member, was intentionally adopted from a stray's litter.

Zane does sound like he was an awesome kitty companion, and I'm glad you had the time you had with him.
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Re: Zane
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2013, 07:50:39 am »
Zane does sound like he was an awesome kitty companion, and I'm glad you had the time you had with him.

Oh, he was. 

Every time I walk past one of his sleeping places--he had many favorites--I still look as though I expected to see him there. 

Mornings are hardest, as he always wanted some snuggle time then.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2013, 08:34:34 pm »
Saturday is my normal cleaning day.  It almost felt like a betrayal--sweeping up the cat hair, the spilled kibble, etc.  Like I was erasing him.  Silly, I know, but there it is.

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Re: Zane
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2013, 08:24:07 pm »
Normally on Sunday after church I take a nap.  With a furry sleep aid. Not today.   :'(

Zane will go into the niche with father on Tuesday.  The Scripture for the service will be Gen. 9: 8-17.

(Here's a trivia question: How many times are cats mentioned in the Bible?)

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Re: Zane
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013, 07:52:11 am »
I'm glad he's not suffering; it must have been horrible, essentially to be drowning in your own body fluids.  And I'm glad I didn't have to deal with an old cat going into a long, slow decline--going deaf and/or blind, forgetting how to use the litter box, loosing all his teeth, getting such bad arthritis that he could hardly move, turning into a walking skeleton, etc.

But the apartment is so empty without him.  When I look where his litterbox or his food/water bowls used to be, and there's nothing there, or look in one of his favorite sleeping spots and he's not there, or wake up without a furry little lump curled up beside me, the "faucets open."

 

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