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post #1 of 13
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My Ripken past away Saturday 10/21 @ 6:00pm. I am so confused and blame myself for not responding quicker. Ripken was the best cat I've ever,ever had, and I've had cats almost my entire life.

I did notice he was drinking a lot more water than normal but did not think to much of this but then he started scratching his chin very hard. I thought that maybe it was dry skin. I finally took him to the vets and told the vet that he was drinking a lot but that did not seem as bad, so he gave hin a cortisone shot for allergies.

I took him home and the following day he was very lethargic, I did not take him back to the vets for 2 more days and by then he could not even walk to long nor was he eating.

The vet said he was conserred about diabetes so he kept him over and pumped him with fluids. His sugar level was at 400, but then the vet said that his kidneys and liver were not working right.

By the time I got to the vets his breathing was bad also because of fluid in his lungs. We had to put Ripken down at the age of 11, way to young to die.
He was my best friend and there will never be another like him. I miss him so much I still have water in my eyes thinking of him.

Some day he and I will meet at that bridge and be together again forever.


post #2 of 13
Cats are so good at hiding stuff that only the most attentive (or paranoid) person catches it. Don't be hard on yourself. Instead find comfort that Ripkin was in your life and you shared a special love with him.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
You're right about that katachtig, I think he hid a lot from me for a long time.

Thanks again.
post #4 of 13
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss

Play happily at the Rainbow Bridge Ripken
post #5 of 13
I'm so very sorry you lossed your precious Ripken. I hope in time things will get better for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Rest in peace Ripken.
post #6 of 13
Condolences on your sad loss of Ripken. You have chosen a good group to join; TCS is full of wonderful, understanding cat lovers who can empathize. Cats are notoriously good at hiding their illnesses; it helps them not attract predators, but it is tragic that far too often we owners don't discover what's wrong until it's too late.
When you feel up to it, maybe you could share a few words about Ripken with us. How I wish that we had welcomed you under happier circumstances.
Godspeed over Rainbow Bridge, Ripken - enjoy meeting all the other TCS kitties that have crossed, and have fun playing happily on the other side.
post #7 of 13
I'm so sorry for your sad loss.

Rest in peace and play at Rainbow Bridge Ripken.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone who replied to my post. It sure made me feel better.
post #9 of 13
I'm glad we're able to help. It will still be rough for awhile but we are always here to listen and we know how painful it is to lose a loved one.
post #10 of 13
I am very sorry about your loss! I agree with the other posters...kitties do hide their illnesses too well! It makes it very difficult to know when to call the vet in.

Condolences on the loss of Ripken. You are right, 11 years is too young. I recently lost a foster kitten, so I understand a little of the pain you are feeling.

Rest in peace, Ripken!
post #11 of 13
Very sad headbuts and sorry, sorry licks from KittenKiya's Clan.
post #12 of 13
I'm so very sorry to read about your loss. Ripken sounds as if he was a very special boy. Don't beat yourself up for not recognizing he wasn't well; cats work hard at hiding their illnesses. You did the best you knew how for him, and I'm sure he knew that. You have my deepest sympathies.
post #13 of 13
I am very sorry for your loss
Hugs your way and we are all here for you.
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