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post #31 of 66
I'm sorry... enjoy the time that you have with your baby; I'm sending hugs and prayers your way for you and Roscoe
post #32 of 66
Thread Starter 
Roscoe got his first cortisone shot today, so now we'll see if it helps him at all. He's still spending most of his time under my couch. I check on him constantly to make sure he's still breathing, and he is. Ever since I took him out last week, his little nose has been running and I can hear him trying to breathe through his nose. The vet says it's part of his condition, and the cortisone may help that a bit.

I think I'm starting to come to terms with what we're dealing with. A few days ago, I could barely eat. I just need to get it through my head that if it comes down to not being able to help him live comfortably, there's no shame in showing him the big yarnball in the sky.

That's been the hardest part, besides the fact he's my little buddy.
post #33 of 66
I'm so sorry for what you are going through. You are being a wonderful mommy to Roscoe by taking this much care for him. Stay strong.
post #34 of 66
Thread Starter 
UPDATE: Roscoe got his shot Monday evening. I came home yesterday and he was laying on my blanket on the couch, which is a slight improvement to beign under the couch. His breath is really bad, but I know it's due to the fact his liver isn't doing what it's supposed to do. He looked very weak.

I picked up some KMR, which is liquid nutrition for kittens, and some Pet Grass to see if maybe he could eat something. He nibbled a little bit on a blade of the grass and drank a bit of the KMR. Then under the couch he went. My next course of action was to use a syringe to somewhat force feed him. I didn't want to overdue it so I got almost 2 teaspoons of food down him, before he walked away again. He held it down - GOOD SIGN.

He comes out from under the couch if I lay there and he sees me. So he ended up coming out and I picked him up and brought him to my room to lay on the bed. It's slightly cooler in there. I got to lay with him for an hour or so, then he jumped down and went for the couch. He ended up laying in his little bed for a while before going under though.

I gave him 3/4 of a teaspoon injection of food again this morning and went to work. I came home to check on him and I couldn't find him! Turns out, he's in my closet, laying in one of his old hiding spots. I left the tv on in there for him. Again, slight improvement. I'm so scared I'm going to find him gone when I get home. It's stressing me out, heh.

So far, so good I guess. Baby steps.

I also ordered som ES Clear that should be here in a few days. A few friends told me it was good stuff to try. We shall see.

Love you Roscoe!
post #35 of 66
Poor Roscoe and poor you I hope he starts eating properly soon

Prayers and vibes for you both
post #36 of 66
it is the hardest thing to know what is best to do for a sick animal. i have been through this twice recently though the second time it stretched out to 18 treasured months.

be strong for your little man and take things day by day. try not to think too much about the future, it is the here and now that matters with roscoe. he will take strength and comfort from your love and care. he is with you for a reason and that is that you can and will do what is best for him.
post #37 of 66
Thread Starter 
Ok, this is killing me. He seemed ok when I came home to check on him and when I got home, he was back under the couch. I put food out = nothing, I tried the syringe with KMR in it and I practiaclly had to pry his mouth open. I got about half a teaspoon in. I don't know what to do, he won't eat anything.

Right now, he's laying down by the patio door, head down, over his paws. He's awake and once in a while he'll stand up and walk 2 steps, then lay down again. When I was trying to feed him, he showed a bit of strength cuz he kept fighting me over it.

His appointment is Saturday, but I don't think he's going to make it that long. Apparently the cortisone isn't doing anything.

Any ideas? A friend mentioned that she gave her cat Pedialite and it helped a little bit. Anyone ever try that?

I don't like seeing him like this. Nothing is working.
post #38 of 66
Sounds like he will die before then. So sorry he is like that. He is doing what Yoshi did before I had to have him Pts. Can you call a Vet and tell them what is happening.
post #39 of 66
Thread Starter 
I was going to try to wait till tomorrow, but I'm wondering if he'll make it that long. I've never dealt with anything like this and I have to say, it's terrifying and heartbreaking. Last week I would have gone nuts having him pts, but seeing him like this, only makes it seem the right thing to do.

I'm going to try to get a hold of my vet.
post #40 of 66
Its a very hard thing to do. I had Coco with me when Yoshi was Pts and cried on her. I did not go in when they gave the Shot but could have. You can Pm if you ever need to talk about it. I was sure hoping your Cat would last longer. Yoshi was still alert but would not eat at all and was wasting away.
post #41 of 66
This is truly devastating and you and your sweet kitty are in my prayers.
post #42 of 66
Thread Starter 
Called the emergency service and they got in touch with my vet. I described everything to him and he said that by now, cats usually show some kind of appetite from due to the cortisone shot, so he was a bit surprised that Roscoe was still not eating. He said to dip my finger in honey and put it on Roscoe's lips to give him a little sugar boost and to try with tuna or liver sausage to get him to eat a little something, anything.

I mentioned that I thought this might be it for my little buddy and he said that from the symptoms I was describing, he honestly didn't think it was going to end tonight.

Then, out of total surprise, he asked me what time I started work. He then said he would go into the office early and that he wanted me to drop Roscoe off in the morning so he could watch him and monitor him to see how he's acting and feeling. Is this normal for a vet to do? I'm so touched that he's taking this measure to do what's best for Roscoe.

So I did the honey and tried the tuna. I slid a little paper plate under the couch with a little piece of tuna on it in case he wanted it at some point. I've tried everything I know of. Done everything I think I could've done and it's just not working. I want to sit with him but I feel like I'm forcing him to do things he's not comfortable with right now.

I'm just going to leave him alone till the morning. I think tomorrow might be the day, unless the doc finds something else to try. I feel like I'm losing my son. More healies for you my little boy ::Roscoe::
post #43 of 66
I am so sorry Roscoe is so sick. It is a hard thing to go through. Sometimes the hardest choice we have to make for our furbabies is the right choice.

Sending lots of good vibes to you both.
post #44 of 66
I am sorry things aren't looking promising, I hope the vet can think of something, but it is only going to be buying him time. It is such an awful position to be in. I will keep you both in my thoughts.
post #45 of 66
I think you've got a good vet, and he knows what a good and caring daddy Roscoe has. I'm so sorry that things don't look brighter now, but Roscoe couldn't have been more loved than in your home.
post #46 of 66
Thread Starter 
I took Roscoe to the vet this morning. He could barely lift his head and squeak out a meow. It's kind of a long drive to my vet from my house, and I'm actually glad it was because I had a chance to say my goodbye's to my special little boy. I had a feeling this was it.

I called the dr. at 2:30pm to see how he was doing and he said that he tried everything he could think of and Roscoe just isn't responding. He said the jaundice was getting really bad due to the liver impairment. He also said the Roscoe's quality of living had gone. He gave him some pain medication to ease his suffering until he could talk to me.

I decided at 3:30 that it was best to show Roscoe how much fun heaven is with all the other cats and no pain. I juggled the idea of going down their to hold him while he passed, but I just couldn't do it. I want to remember him alive and happy and healthy. My vet is such a fantastic guy, I couldn't thank him enough for going the extra mile.

So to all of you, who took a crying stranger in to your family here and helped him deal with the most emotional roller coaster he's ever been on, I thank you. I couldn't have made it through this without all the prayers. When I could, I had Roscoe on my lap and I would show him your words and occasionally, I would get a meow out of him.

As for you Roscoe, my little boy, I thank god for the day he gave you to me and I wouldn't trade any of the memories we have. You showed me more then I ever thought a little pet could. I just wish I could've saved you from your pain. I hope you look down on me from heaven and know that I loved you and tried everything I could.

Goodbye my little buddy and love always.

Your Papa.
post #47 of 66
So sorry about your Cat. I did not go in the room with Yoshi either. I do not blame you for not going down to the Vets. When Stormy was very Sick the Vet called and asked if i wanted to say godbye to her and they gave me time to decide before she was Pts. I couldnt go there and say goodbye to her either. When yoshi was Pts I got time with him in the Room then they took him to the back. I did ask for his fur and they gave me alot of it. I was crying on Coco. I was trying to hide my face from everyone so they wouldnt see me. I was hoping your Cat would get better. i am here if you ever need to talk about it.
post #48 of 66
I'm so sorry CatPapa. You did the right thing and I know your little baby is in a much better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
post #49 of 66
I'm sorry I didn't see your thread in time to be supportive along the way, and I'm sorry you have had to say goodbye to your guy. It's never easy, but it's the most loving thing one can do, once they reach that point. Be gentle with yourself, and also talk with Kora about this. She'll be missing Roscoe, too. You can help each other.

RIP Roscoe
post #50 of 66
I am sorry you had to say goodbye, but at least you did everything in your power to help him, and were strong enough to let him go peacefully when everything failed, he truly was lucky for that. RIP little one.
post #51 of 66
Oh no. I am so so sorry. I know you did the right thing, but it hurts so bad. I wish none of us ever had to go through that!
post #52 of 66
CatPapa... I am so, so sorry... take comfort in knowing that your boy is in a much better place. I am sending hugs and prayers your way today. Please know you are not alone... many of us have been where you are. Stay strong.
post #53 of 66
I am so sorry for your loss - I know your Roscoe is looking down and wishing he could make you feel better. You did the kindest thing for Roscoe, even though it was so hard for you - and what better describes love. I hope I can demonstrate your strength and caring when it comes time for my babies to cross the bridge.
post #54 of 66
Originally Posted by heather40 View Post
Oh no. I am so so sorry. I know you did the right thing, but it hurts so bad. I wish none of us ever had to go through that!
my condolences on your loss, & my respect for doing what was right for your Roscoe
post #55 of 66
My heart goes out to you.

I know the strong bond you had with Roscoe by the way you speak of him. I call my Cody my son too, he truely is, and I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. You make his life top quality, and you helping him over rainbow bridge before he started suffering was the greatest gift you gave him out of all the things you have done for him. You did it for Roscoe, and put him first. I see so many people who can;t 'let go' and make their poor animals suffer, those people put themselves first over their animals and it tears me up inside.

Just know that he's on heavens highest cat tree watching over you!
post #56 of 66
Just a note to say you're still in my thoughts - I hope you and little Kora are doing as well as possible. I can only imagine how empty your house must feel, but truly, you did the hardest, but most loving thing for your Roscoe.
post #57 of 66
If you haven't seen it before, I'd really like to recommend this website:


It seems that no matter how long they live, our furry friends never live long enough. We have a favorite dogwood tree on our property, and we have a number of kitty friends under it. Even the oldest ones seemed to be with us only a moment.
post #58 of 66
i'm so so sorry for your loss. you truly loved little roscoe and did everything you possibly could for him.

RIP little man.
post #59 of 66
He knows you love him and that you did all that you could possibly do for him. I went through something similar with my favorite boy. I am so sorry you had to go through this.
post #60 of 66
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the kind words.

Yes, the house seems a bit empty without him. I miss him so much, just curled up in a ball in my lap. Kora is doing ok so far, but I see her sometimes looking around for him. I leave the tv on for her when I go to work, so she doesn't feel so lonely and I try to sneak home to have lunch with her when I can.

I miss Roscoe so much, but I know I did the right thing. I'm going to pick up another kitten very soon and I'm sure, when I go to look at them, Roscoe will be on my shoulder helping me pick.
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