For My Cat, Rosie

Two weeks from the day we found out that my twelve-year-old cat, Rosie, had severe kidney failure I put her to sleep.  Problems with her legs masked the fact that there were other issues going on and we thought she was in too much pain to get up.  I was shocked when the veterinarian told me she had lost 80% of her kidney function.

She stayed in the hospital for four nights, and finally started to eat.  The doctor thought she might do better at home.  We had to give her an IV of fluids once a day plus three other medications twice a day. It wasn’t easy but Rosie was worth it.  Unfortunately, she never really started to eat and on the day of her check-up, we knew there was no need to check anything. She was isolating herself from us and not getting up even to drink.

I never put a cat or any pet to sleep before.  When we brought her to the vet she did not seem scared. Grant said goodbye to her, not being able to stay in for the end and now I kind of wish I hadn’t either. The vet gave her a sedative which immediately caused her to stick her tongue out, which was kind of ironic because she used to do that all the time, causing us a lot of amusement.  The final shot came soon after and she went about 30 seconds later, with her tongue still out and her eyes still open.  They don’t close as easy as humans’ do.  I will never forget that image.

I felt strongly that her spirit was still there.  I asked her to be a kitty angel for us and to help our family. I really do believe that we will see our pets in Heaven and I told her to look out for my dad, that she would stay with him now.

I was scared to tell Tyler but at three-years-old, he really didn’t understand which was probably for the best.

I know that was tough to read but I wanted to get the bad stuff out first and then to tell you about my cat.  I knew her and her sister, Lizzie, since they were two weeks old and took them home with me at 6 and a half weeks.  They were my first “grown-up” cats, the ones I had when I was first out on my own. They’ve been with me through many roommates and many boyfriends and were the one constant and joy in my life when things were rough.

Rosie was the type of cat whom, even if you didn’t like cats, you liked.  She was very small for a domestic cat, about eight to nine pounds and she had huge eyes in a very small head.  Grant and I called her “play” kitty.  I used to say she would jump and play until she died if we didn’t stop her.  A couple of years ago she did stop playing as much because of her knee problems.

Being sick at home, she was a constant companion to me.  She loved to sleep and nap with me, the two of us laying back to back.  I always felt guilty that I couldn’t spend as much time with her after Tyler was born but she seemed to adjust.  I wish Tyler could have known her as Play Kitty.

Play Kitty is how I want to remember her.  Jumping as high as she could, racing after laser beams and chasing her sister.  Lizzie doesn’t seem to be looking for her, I think she knew the end was near for her.  She and one of my other cats licked her on the day I took her to be put down.  Lizzie seems to be becoming more affectionate to Grant and I.  Maybe she is trying to help us with our grief.

I will miss my very special Rosie, but I truly believe that I will see her again and she will be my Play Kitty once more.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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3 Responses to For My Cat, Rosie

  1. daysgoby says:

    It’s so hard, watching them go….remember, though, you gave her an exit without pain, with out sickness.

    That’s a really big gift you gave your Rosie.

    We’ve been having old kitty discussions here too – my old lady cat is 19, and beginning to slow.

    What a great picture with your little big man and your play kitty!
    .-= daysgoby´s last blog ..nationality confused, but heart in the right place =-.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and even harder when you’re making the medical decision to end care.

    Our cat was diagnosed with renal failure almost two years ago and we had to decide whether we would do the daily IV fluids/medication thing with him. After three days we actually decided to stop. He wasn’t getting better and he was terrified of us. I couldn’t imagine putting him through that kind of daily fear in exchange of a half life. He wasn’t allowed outside any more or anything.

    Making that choice was brutal, but I know it was the right one for him. (Though back then I thought I was being selfish.) I’m fortunate that the sedative made him go to sleep, so that final shot wasn’t as traumatizing for me…

    Keeping you and Rosie in my thoughts today.
    .-= Jessica (@It’s my life…)´s last blog ..Sunday Scribblings – Interview =-.

  3. ESchnak says:

    I’m so sorry to read about your Play Kitty. Like you, I lost my kitty this year when we said good-bye that last time in the vet’s office. It’s true – like you I will never get her image out of my mind, but I take great comfort knowing she will have my image with her always as well. I held her all the way thru – I never left her side, as she never left mine. Taking away her terrible pain was the last, best gift I could give her in repayment for all the years of comfort and love she gave us. After all those times she made me feel my own pain less… God bless you and Play Kitty, and a little black fluffball in heaven named Miss Tickles…
    .-= ESchnak´s last blog ..Eschnak: How fun is planning to hug my online #thyroid pal Michelle – IRL! After all these years of virtual hugs… =-.

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