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post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

My name is Dina and I am new to this forum. Today (January 7th at 4:57 pm) my baby boy Billy was put to sleep. Billy has been with my family for a little bit over 8 years and he has brought nothing but joy and love to my family. His personality as well as his sense of affection was incredible!
A little over 3 mos ago Billy got diagnosed with lymphoma and we tried several treatments but nothing worked. About 4 days ago Billy got really bad, he wouldnt eat anything, couldnt sleep, and kept drinking water and peeing around the house. The vet had suggested that we put him to sleep but i delayed it thinking that he would get better. Today I finally made the decision to let him go and let him rest. It was the hardest thing I have ever done for a pet. I know it was a good decision since Billy was suffering. He will be truly missed and he will be in my heart forever.

I will post a picture of Billy once I get a chance!

Thanks all
post #2 of 31
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Billy.
post #3 of 31
Dina, I'm soooo sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Billy, and enjoy chasing the butterflies over the Rainbow Bridge. .
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much! DO you have any advice for mouring. This is the first time in my life that I have had to do this with my kitty. It hurts sooo much!
post #5 of 31
Oh hun, I know. You just have to remember the good times and enjoy the precious memories you have of him. I know it's hard to think about doing....especially right now. There are several sticky's at the top of this forum that are very helpful. We all deal with loss different ways, but it will get easier as time goes by. Maybe you can read thru the following link and find comforting words.....

post #6 of 31
I am soooooooo very sorry for your loss.

I wish I had advice with grieving. I just put my baby girl to sleep almost 3 weeks ago. I still have many many bad moments. I just know that time will make it better.

Our beloved pets are gone but they will live in our hearts and our memories always.

Just try to comfort yourself with knowing you did what was best for your baby.

post #7 of 31
I'm so sorry for your loss. It is always a hard decision, but you will feel better with time.
post #8 of 31
I'm very sorry for your loss Dina

Rest in peace Billy
post #9 of 31
Oh, Dina, I'm so very sorry for you and your baby. I know how very, very hard a decision it is. Sometimes, though, loving means letting go and doing the things that are the hardest to do.

Billy is happy and healthy now at the Rainbow Bridge, and playing with my Harvey.
post #10 of 31
Im so sorry for your loss!! Everyone deals with this a little differently. I took it personally, like maybe I had done something wrong, even though I hadn't and he would have never lived that long if not for the good care and love he was given!
I think this may be the same with you. You did so much for him!! You gave him a good life, and even after he was diagnosed you helped him stay on this planet until he was ready to go!! When they are suffering, I think its the only decent thing you can do if their condition is not treatable!! You must have done a marvelous job for him to live that long!!

Did you know in the USA 50% of cats dont live to see their second birthday??
Thats a horrible fact, and judging by your 8 year old Billy, You ARE A WONDERFUL MEOWMY!!! You did what was kind, and what was right!!

post #11 of 31
Dina, I am sorry for your great loss.

One thing that helped us when we had to make the choice to euthanize was to remember that our girl knew she was loved every minute of her life. Even as she fell into her permanent sleep, we were stroking her and whispering in her ear that we love her.

So she went to sleep as she lived, being well loved. I'm sure your baby felt the same way.
post #12 of 31
Dear Dina, I am verry sorry for your loss, I know exactly how you feel, I understand your pain, I am living it too now... It is difficult, the first 2 days were horrible, yesterday I was better, still hurts a lot and I think a lot.. time is the best healer and is difficult to see that now. I am sure you loved him and made the right desicion for him, you kept him away from more suffering, you were strong and made the right desicion, I couldnt, i was so selfish that i let him suffer 3 hrs trying to bring him back. Be strong !
RIP BIlly.

post #13 of 31
I've very sorry for your loss. It's so hard losing a beloved pet who has been part of the family. But Billy knew he had a wonderful care giver and he loved you as much as you loved him.

RIP Billy.
post #14 of 31
RIP Billy.
post #15 of 31
I am so sorry for your loss. You did the right thing to put him out of his pain, even though it hurts so badly. I now this sounds kind of trite, but it really does get easier with time. Billy can never be replaced in your heart, but someday there may be another kitty in desperate need, and you may want to honor billy in giving this needy kitty a loving home. I wish I had something to say that would make you feel better now, but I can only offer hugs and and prayers.
post #16 of 31
Rest In Peace Billy You will be missed
post #17 of 31
I am so sorry you had to lose your beloved Billy May he rest in peace, and be free of pain now at the bridge
post #18 of 31
I am sorry you lost Billy. Please remember that he is no longer in any pain.
post #19 of 31
I'm so sorry for your loss. Remember he isn't hurting any more. Rest in Peace Billy.
post #20 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much everyone! I have to be strong for Billy. The memory of the good days will last me a life time. I am sure he understands that I did what I did because I love him so much!!!

Again, thank you all for the supporting words....they mean very much to me.

Here is a picture of Billy (my beautiful baby boy)

post #21 of 31
Condolences on your loss of Billy. He was so beautiful - looks very much like a feral kitten named Bob that is living with me. Maybe writing down some of his cat antics, or a poem about how you are feeling will help you in your healing process. When I lost my Miss Tobie, I plinked out a simple tune on the piano and made a song that I sang over & over. Please let us know how you are doing! Try to remember that this too shall pass and Krazy Kat 2 is right about lots of other kitties in need. I've lost many loved ones in my past, cat, horse, human and when I lost Miss Tobie, I thought that I was too scared to ever love again, and after losing custody of my grandson to his abusive father, I was too tired, too weak; but my brain-damaged daughter bought me two kittens, Joey & JC, and well, the rest is history......susan
post #22 of 31
I'm so sorry What a handsome little boy he is as well, but know that nothing and no one will ever take away the happy memories that you have of Billy.

post #23 of 31
Awww, Dina. Billy was sure a handsome guy.
post #24 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! Just want to give everyone an update on how i am dealing with my loss. It has been difficult 4 days for me and my family. the first two days were the worst....i couldnt sleep at all. I just miss him so much! I am starting to realize that I made the right decision by letting Billy go. He is better off and out of pain. Ihave been going to his little grave everyday and talking to him.
Overall, i think i am seeing improvement on myself....i have been able to face the fact. I have been thinking positively these last few days. When i took billy in he was a baby kitten who was hit by a car at a relatively young age. I rushed him to the vet and his jaw was reconstruced.....his teeth were bad from day 1. I am trying to thing along the lines that he was sent into my life to give me 8,5 wonderful years and a lifetime of memories. I did alli could for him and I know he understands that.

I took some of the adivce given to me by other members on this forum and it has helped me. I have been writing down how I feel for the past 3 days and then I have reviewed it to find out that I went from feeling very guilty to understanding that what I did was the best option. I have had cats all my life but Billy was the first one to go the way he did and it is an experience that I will never forget and that i hope I never have to face again. it was just tooooooo sudden!!!
Again, thanks all for the wonderful and kind words.
post #25 of 31
Thank you for the update, Dina! Your words will be read from those poor souls who are just "visiting" this website, and will be both comforting and encouraging to them. My heart goes out to all of you who are in mourning Susan
post #26 of 31
Hi Dina !
Pain does get more tolerable after the first days, It's been a week for me today and I see an improvement in my mood, still the thoughts come back and sleeping is not yet tranquile, but things are getting better. I have other cats so i have others to love and to care for.

Your Billy was a great guy and very loved and cared.

Have a nice weekend !

post #27 of 31
I am so sorry!!!

May your sweet boy play happily at the bridge
post #28 of 31
Originally Posted by Tari View Post
Awww, Dina. Billy was sure a handsome guy.
he certainly was! to you during this painful time...
post #29 of 31
Reading the rest of this thread since the last time I posted on it has made me cry... I know how you feel and it was the best thing you could have done for him!! I hope you find a new kitty! I have gotten 2 since Glitch died, and I still have a hole, where my heart use to be! Its so hard...
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
^ thank you so much!
It has been very hard and like u said there will always be a hole in my heart that only Billy II could fill. My family has been taking his passing very hard....my grandma in particular. My hubby got a new kitty for me his name is Billy III and hes an adorable baby boy.
so much energy and life in him and its so nice to see and feel that.
THanks again for your kind words everyone. This forums is a great community
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