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RIP Tiger

post #1 of 19
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My mini-eulogy....

We made the painful decision to put Tiger to sleep today. The past two months have been a rollercoaster for us. Every two weeks he would head downhill and give us a scare, but he's always pulled out of it and showed us just how strong his will to live was.

This past week, he'd become increasingly tired and restless in spite of our best attempts to keep him comfortable. It was apparent that he had done all the fighting his deteriorating body could take. We had planned on having the vet come out next week to euthanize him at home, on his favorite chair, surrounded by his family and kitty-friends.

That changed this morning when I got the phone call that Tiger was just not doing well. He hadn't eaten, his eyes had become glassed over and he was twitching a lot. I got next door just in time (unfortunately) to witness him having a seizure. It was scary for us and even more distressing for Tiger, who obviously had no idea what was going on. He became very afraid and tried to walk but his back legs just wouldn't cooperate and he ended up dragging them on the floor. I scooped him up in his favorite blanket and we headed to the vet's office.

When we got to the office they weighed him. He was down to 7.13 pounds, about 3 pounds lighter than he's been at his previous appointment and 9 pounds lighter than he was when he was well.

It's really hard trying to decide whether or not to euthanize a pet, even when he is as sick as Tiger was. There's always that lingering thought of "what if there's more I can do?" We asked the vet 10 times in 10 different ways if there was anything else we could do to help Tiger. We wanted him to come right out and tell us "No, you guys are doing the right thing." But looking at Tiger laying on his favorite blanket, on that cold steel table, the life mostly gone out of him, his fur matted and the exhausted look in his eyes, we knew that we were making the right decision. He seemed to know why he was there, too.

The actual process of putting him to sleep was so quick. Immediately after the vet began injecting the meds into his catheter Tiger gave out a "Grrrrrrrr" noise. The vet said "You had to have the last word, didn't you big guy?" I'm not sure if that sound was one of those involuntary things that happens but I want to think he was saying goodbye. I stared into his eyes the entire time, waiting for a light to go out or something. I don't actually know what I expected. Four seconds after the "grrr" he was gone. The vet touched his eyeballs blinking...nothing. That's when I broke down.

Anyway, RIP Tiger. You taught me so much about life and survival. You had more fight in you than some people I've met. All through it you kept your head up. You put up with us sticking needles in you. You hated your pills and I had to push them down your throat to get you to take them and even then you still fought (I have the scratches to prove it) but you always forgave me and purred when I would hold you afterwards. I'm going to miss sitting with you on the ottoman while I watch TV. I'm going to miss the way you greet me at the door when I come over. I'm going to miss the plaintive "mew" you always gave when you asked for food. I'm so sorry I couldn't do more for you. I only hope that when it's my time to go I do it with as much dignity and grace as you showed me today. I love you.

post #2 of 19
Rest in peace Tiger
post #3 of 19
I'm so sorry for your loss.

RIP Tiger.
post #4 of 19
Aww your words to Tiger are beautiful Rest in Peace sweet boy
post #5 of 19
What a beautiful baby ..... Rest In Peace Tiger.
post #6 of 19
Godspeed over Rainbow Bridge, Tiger! Condolences to your family on losing a very important member of the family. Bless you for having the courage to give Tiger release from suffering; try to remember that sometimes the truest love is letting go and that you are not alone in this - your entire TCS family all over the world joins you in mourning the loss of a wonderful cat.
post #7 of 19
I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Tiger.
post #8 of 19
Your story made me cry. I am so sorry.
post #9 of 19
I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Tiger.
post #10 of 19
I am so so sorry. You know I just went through the same thing. It is the hardest thing to do. When they gave Tux the sedative, he gave me one last head rub before he relaxed. Perhaps they crossed rainbow bridge holding hands?

They are so much happier now. Full of health and vigor. Waiting to see us again!

Rest well Tiger. Tell Tux and Cleo I said hello, and enjoy Rainbow Bridge!
post #11 of 19
It sounds like you lost a wonderful friend in Tiger. I'm sorry for your loss.
post #12 of 19
So sorry for your loss.
post #13 of 19
I am so sorry for your loss, it is a lovely tribute. I think he was saying 'bye', and you did the best by him, it is the hardest thing for us to do, but the last act of love and kindness we can give them, and the ones who have owners who can do that are the lucky ones, they dont have to suffer, and can go peacefully and iwth dignity. RIP little one.
post #14 of 19
You are glowing with joy in the picture with your beloved Tiger.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Rest in peace precious Tiger.
post #15 of 19
What a wonderful picture! Tiger was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I know what you mean about how hard it is to decide to put them to sleep even when they are so sick. I had to recall (unpleasantly) how sick my buddy boy Lyndsey was because I kept telling myself I should have waited and done more. And like Tiger, Lyndsey would deteriorate and then bounce back for a day or two. I remember the last seizure he had lasted so long. When I sob to my husband that I just want Lyndsey back, he says, "I do, too, but not like that".

Much peace to you at this hard time.
post #16 of 19
What a lovely trbute to your handsome little boy

He's gorgeous, and he'll be playing happily over at the bridge now until he see's you all again

Have a wonderful new life Tiger

post #17 of 19
I am so very sorry to learn about Tiger's passing. I only rarely come to the 'Crossing the Bridge' forum, because I find it so difficult to read the heartwrenching stories. I know how hard you worked to give Tiger a good quality of life, and how hard it is to make the decision to help end it with dignity. I will say a prayer for sweet Tiger's soul and a prayer for you to find some peace in this time of sadness.

Pookie & the girls
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your kind words. I've taken a lot of comfort in them this past week.
post #19 of 19
sorrry for your loss he was so cute
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