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We helped Kitty cross the bridge yesterday

post #1 of 17
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Hello All,

Yesterday afternoon we took Kitty in to the vet to help her cross over the bridge. She was in so much pain, she just couldn't get comfortable anymore. I felt so torn - kept second guessing our decision, but our vet assured us that it was the right thing to do. Kitty wouldn't verbalize (as many cats don't) her discomfort - as she wanted to keep her status in our household with our other animals - which she did until the very end. We will miss her so very much - she was almost 18 years old. Thought I'd let those of you who know about all our girl know. I'm just happy she didn't have to pass over alone - that we were there with her. Also, our vet was so very kind and spent a lot of time beforehand petting Kitty and allowing her the dignity and respect that wonderful cat deserved. I had to put all her stuff out of sight - it was just too painful. Lucky and Charm were searching for Kitty all night long.

Thanks for listening.
post #2 of 17
Oh Sandi, I'm so very sorry! (((((HUGS)))))

Kitty was a well loved member of your family, and her legacy will forever live on with the present and future homeless animals you take in and love like you did for her. She had so many happy years with you, I'm sure she would thank you for helping her cross. She is no longer in pain, playing at the Bridge, watching over you... :angel2:
post #3 of 17
I am sorry for your pain Sandi and you and your family are in my thoughts at this sad time. Take comfort in the fact you had Many Happy Years with Kitty and you have a kind and understanding vet.
Alexis
post #4 of 17
I'm so sorry Sandy. {{{Huge Hugs to you and your family}}}.

She had many wonderful years with you and your family and will still have them in your pleasant memories of her.

You did what was best for her and yourselves knowing (with heavy hearts) that is was the best and most dignified way to end her suffering. She is now at the RB free from her pains and happily waiting for the day for you all to be reunited. She wouldn't want you to dwell on the sadness of her passing but the fondness of your time together.

Take care - you have an angel watching over you.
post #5 of 17
I am so sorry. It must have been such a difficult decision for you to set Kitty free from the pain. She is now frolicking over the Bridge in perfect health! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
post #6 of 17
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Thanks to all of you who responded with such kind words and hugs. I appreciate it more than you can imagine.

Today in the mail we received a sympathy card from our vet and she also enclosed an index card with Kitty's pawprint on it with her name underneath surrounded by hearts. Naturally, I started crying all over again. It was such a sweet thing to do, you know?

Also, this may sound strange, but I swear the other night, Charm and I heard Kitty in the house. If Charm wouldn't have looked when I heard the noise I would've thought I'd imagined it all, but the other girls were all in bed already and I checked it out and there was nothing visible there at all. And, it didn't really sound like normal house settling noises. Maybe she was just passing through one final time??? Gosh, I miss her so much...
post #7 of 17
Rip sweet Kitty The fact that she almost reached 18 shows the love and care you gave her throughout her life. You loved her enough to let her go. (((HUGS)))
post #8 of 17
sorry for your loss when we lost our pita at 15 some one sent me a link to light a candle to remember your beloved pets I would like to share that with you and everyone else www.petpics.net/memory
post #9 of 17
I'm so sorry that you had to let Kitty go. I'm sure she felt loved by you and your family. Please take time to heal. {{{ hugs }}}
post #10 of 17
I'm so sorry for your loss. ((((((Sandi)))))) <----Old school e-hug
post #11 of 17
My heart is happy for Kitty but sad for you. You and your family are in my thoughts. Remeber kitty knows how much you loved her and that is why you let her go the way she did, with dignity. bless you.
post #12 of 17
I'm so very sorry!
((((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))
post #13 of 17
Sandi, I'm so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Kitty knows how much you loved her (and still do) and is always watching over you. She knows that one day you'll be reunited. And God bless your wonderful vet.

Jill and Candy
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
We got Kitty's ashes back today. I'm glad she's back home with us. Does anyone know of any reputable place to get a decent urn? I checked out Foster & Smith, but they only have 3 to choose from. Thanks for any help.

Also, I really want to Thank all of you who replied to this post. It is so nice to know there are wonderful, caring people who understand the pain when a loved pet goes across the bridge. THANK YOU ALL!!! {{{{HUGS}}}} to you all!
post #15 of 17
Sandi, We're so sorry for your loss.
You might want to check here : http://www.urnmall.com/otherpets.shtml

Kitty will always be with you as long as you carry her in your heart.

Jeff & Susan
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sandi
Also, this may sound strange, but I swear the other night, Charm and I heard Kitty in the house. If Charm wouldn't have looked when I heard the noise I would've thought I'd imagined it all, but the other girls were all in bed already and I checked it out and there was nothing visible there at all. And, it didn't really sound like normal house settling noises. Maybe she was just passing through one final time??? Gosh, I miss her so much...

Sandi, I for one believe Kitty came to say goodbye. When our Phideaux passed, she was sixteen, same age as me, and my parents were divorced. She was living with me and my mom, but she'd always been my dad's cat, they had a special relationship. I had told Dad that she wasn't doing well, but I hadn't talked to him for a few days before she crossed the bridge. When I called him the day after to tell him, he said, "I know, she came to visit me last night to say goodbye" He had awakened at precisely the hour she passed and felt her at the foot of the bed, just like when she used to wake him to stoke the fire. He didn't have any other cats at that time, so he wasn't mistaking another critter for Phideaux. She just wanted him to know she was OK. Kitty would want you to know that, too. ((HUGS)) I know it hurts right now, but she's waiting for you over there!
post #17 of 17
i feel really bad for you. it would help your other cats if you put somthing out that smelled like kitty so they can feel that kitty is still there
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