Monday, 25 January 2010

Sad weekend

This has been a very sad weekend because we had to have our poor kitty Millie put to sleep on Saturday afternoon.


Millie had been with us for nearly 2 years and had become a huge part of our little family. We had rescued her from Wood Green Animal shelter where she was the longest resident there. She had thyroid problems and would have to take medication every day for the rest of her life, so people just walked on past her. But not us. We took her home and she gave us 2 years of joy. Fortunately we were in a position to be able to afford the medication and vets bills. Unfortunately thyroid problems can also cause kidney damage - which is what happened with poor little Millie. For a year we managed with new medication and a blood text every 3 months, but eventually it just got too much for her poor little body. We took her for her checkup on Friday night and it was obvious that she had lost weight during the week and she didn't eat on Friday. But with thyroids the appetite can be all over the place so we weren't too worried. That was obviously wrong because we had to take her straight to the Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough to have fluids pumped into her. They warned us that there was only a 50/50 chance and it would be expensive - but for our Millie any chance was a chance.

We went to see her on Saturday afternoon and she perked up as soon as she saw us so I was hopeful. But the vet said that was the constant fluid drip, and as soon they took her off the drip she would collapse again. Her kidneys had completely given up. She couldn't even stand when she saw us, though bless her heart she did try. We then had to make the terrible decision to end her pain. We said our goodbyes but not until after she had weed all over the vet (I can imagine her saying "That's for all those needles you have poked me with today" - a little bit of kitty revenge!).

The vets were all very kind and did a great job keeping her going this long and at the end. We had her for 2 very happy years, knowing that she was already about 14 and sadly unwanted when she came to run our house. She has left a whole with her passing. Paul and I both feel that despite her end, she had a good life with us and is now somewhere in kitty heaven chasing butterflys.

4 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about Millie - you must both be feeling very sad. It was lovely to see you on Saturday morning and to see your work which is absolutely stunning!

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  2. Oh Sarah I am so sorry to hear your sad news - it is very hard to make that decision. See you soon take care love to both

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your loss Sarah. Our friends had to make this decision for their cat and it is heartbreaking. As you say, remember the happy 2 years you had together and think of her chasing butterflies.

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  4. Sarah, so sorry to hear about poor Millie,you gave her two wonderful years in her sad life .bless you ....love Jan xx

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