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Our Garfield is Gone

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We took him to the Vet this evening for the final time. He was 13 years old and had a brain tumor. We had an MRI done on him just over two weeks ago to see if the tumor was operable. The specialist didn't recommend surgery as the tumor was not only on his brain, but the skull and muscles of the head were involved too. We brought him home and he improved a little because of the prednizone, to reduce the swelling on his brain. But he started walking into walls again and his back legs were collapsing. He would eat if I spoon-fed him. He wasn't using the litter box, so we confined him to one bedroom at night and when we weren't home. (that carpet was pretty much covered with "puppy pads"). My husband was very supportive & let me decide "when". My 90 year-old mother lives with us and I needed to be mindful of the stress to her as well.

Since I get up early to work a half-time job (& I can't seem to get to bed early enough) I very often take a short afternoon nap. After lunch with my Mom, I would ask "Is Garfy ready for a nap?" and he would sometimes race me up the stairs, sometimes he'd let me go ahead and he'd come upstairs later - when he was ready! It's amazing how attached we become to these furry critters. I really never thought that he'd leave us this soon. It was just a month ago that I took him to the Vet, since he was not his usual self. At first, we just thought it was from a slightly elevated thyroid, but he started having balance problems and his pupils were uneven. I'm not sure if we'll ever get another pet - I'm sure that now is not the time to decide that.

Thanks for "listening".
post #2 of 14
I am so sorry about your sweet Garfield, He is a beautiful angel in Heaven now. He will be watching over you until you meet again
post #3 of 14
I am so sorry for you and I know how you are hurting.

I am sending prayers and hugs from Mississippi for you and your family.

post #4 of 14
I am so very sorry Garfield is gone. We never get enough time with them. Rest in Peace, Baby and look in your family, they love and miss you.
post #5 of 14
I'm so sorry for your loss of Garfield Give yourself time to grieve and you may change your mind about getting another kitty to love

post #6 of 14
I'm so sorry for your loss. Garfield sounds like a wonderful boy and I know that he is a welcome addition among the rainbow bridge kitties.

I know how hard it is to make that decision, but I also think it is the most loving decision you can make for them, to end their suffering, no matter the pain to yourself and Garfield loves you for it.
post #7 of 14
Oh I am sorry about the sad loss of Garfield you had a very hard and painful decision to make, but as you have mentioned, his quality of life was not as you would have wished for him

You will have some wonderful memories of Garfield and in time those memories will make you smile again

RIP Sweet Garfield, run & play with your new fur-family over the Bridge

Look down from time to time the love from below will always be there
post #8 of 14
I'm so sorry for your loss. Garfield sounds like such a wonderful cat. RIP sweet boy.
post #9 of 14
Condolences on your loss of Garfield. You made a tremendous sacrifice in giving him the dignity and comfort of a peaceful passing. For caregivers, the loss can be esp. difficult; please know that there are many of us here at TCS who salute you in caring for your 90yo mother and who understand that your loss is indeed a great one. Godspeed over RB, Garfield. Susan
post #10 of 14
so sorry
post #11 of 14
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Garfield. He knows that you loved him and he will always be with you in your thoughts and precious memories, and is looking down lovingly and painfree from over the Rainbow Bridge. Rest peacefully, sweet boy!
post #12 of 14
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

RIP Garfield
post #13 of 14
I'm so sorry for your sad loss.

Rest in peace and play Garfield.
post #14 of 14
I'm so sorry for your loss. May Garfield rest in peace and run and play happy and healthy during his stay over the Rainbow Bridge
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