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Rascal

post #1 of 18
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(I guess I should move this here from the Health & Nutrition area.)





This is Rascal back in 1989 when he was 7 months old. I just had to put him to sleep this morning, at 18 years old.

He's had a lot of health problems in recent years, in his old age. Kidney failure, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Anemia, circulation problems, liver problems which might be cancer or an infection, bladder problems which might be cancer or a bladder stone, ... He's been living on borrowed time for a while now. I've been giving him subcutaneous fluids, prednisone, flagyl, clavamox, procrit shots, renakare, etc. Plus many trips to the vet.

I thought I was going to lose him about a month ago when I had to take him to the vet twice in three days, but the Clavamox (anti-biotic) helped and he rallied a bit.

But then this morning when I woke up, his health had crashed. He was lying on the floor and he couldn't get up. I could tell it was time. I rushed him to the vet, and she agreed. So we put him to sleep.





I got him as a little kitten on June 10, 1989 at a pet store, who said he was 8 weeks old (although the vet I took him to said he was younger than that). In the 18 years he was with me, we lived in an apartment, a rental townhouse, a house with my sister and her husband and their two cats and a dog (for a while), and finally in my current condo. We've had other cat companions, such as Sasha and Ripper. But Rascal has endured it all with me.

I'm gonna miss the little guy.





I'm gonna head to the local humane society soon and adopt a couple more cats. I think Rascal would approve.

Rest In Peace, little guy. Thanks for the wonderful 18 years.
post #2 of 18
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Rascal.
post #3 of 18
What a gorgeous little boy he is He'll be safe and sound at the bridge now because all the other TCS cats will have met him at the other end to take him home

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post #4 of 18
What a beautiful boy.
Rest in Peace Rascal.
post #5 of 18
I'm so sorry for the loss of your handsome boy. Rest in Peace Rascal.
post #6 of 18
RIP Rascal .It is wonderful you and Rascal had 18 years of love
post #7 of 18
wow 18 years was a wonderful life. RIP Rascal.
post #8 of 18
Condolences on losing a treasured friend. Godspeed over RB, Rascal, and say "hi" to my first JC - you two could almost pass for twins with your black w/white accent markings
Sending vibes that those very lucky kitties in your future find you soon - they will be Heavensent, with Rascal's seal of approval, I'm sure!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by tigerlily0 View Post
I'm gonna head to the local humane society soon and adopt a couple more cats. I think Rascal would approve.
i think he would, too. he was really handsome!
post #10 of 18
Rest in Peace beautiful boy..
post #11 of 18
He looked like Coco my amost 16 year old Cat. So sorry about him.
post #12 of 18
Ive been following your other thread and was heartbroken to hear the news... I cant imagine the pain you must be feeling after losing Rascal after 18 years. You must have shared some wonderful times. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.... If you would like to talk, just let me know! I lost Tissy in 2005, and then Kitten, Moocha, and Glitch all in 2007! I know what you're going through, although, I never had mine that long.

:rainbowheart:Over the bridge you go, Rascal! RIP
post #13 of 18
how wonderful that the pair of you were able to share so many years together. take comfort from the knowledge that you gave rascal the best life possible.

RIP beautiful boy.
post #14 of 18
Oh no! I'm so incredibly sorry! Your precious Rascal has been by your side for 18 remarkable years, I just can't imagine how you're holding up now without him Rascal, you're so very loved and will be forever missed :rainbowheart:
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you, everybody, for your kind words and sympathy.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by tigerlily0 View Post
I'm gonna head to the local humane society soon and adopt a couple more cats. I think Rascal would approve.

Rest In Peace, little guy. Thanks for the wonderful 18 years.
I cannot imagine a better way to honor the bond that you shared with your beloved Rascal than opening your heart and home, to two sweet kitties.

Rest in peace beloved Rascal.
post #17 of 18
Rascal sounded like a beloved friend - I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Rascal
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
I've been following your other thread and was heartbroken to hear the news... I cant imagine the pain you must be feeling after losing Rascal after 18 years. You must have shared some wonderful times.
:rainbowheart:Over the bridge you go, Rascal! RIP
My thoughts exactly.
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