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Sadly on Febuary 6th my family and made the sad decisioin to but our beloved cy to sleep. We had taken him to the vet five days earlier and were shocked to hear that he had a massive tumour in his stomach. We made a decision with our vet to preform surgery on him to remove the tumour, but if there was to much cancer she would put him to sleep during the surgery. Sadly the cancer had spread to all the essential organs of his body. I am absaloutly amazed how well cats can cover pain, he only showed signs of fatigue and weightloss about a week before he moved on. Even on his last day on earth he was still purring. Cy was rescued at less than 2 weeks of age after being beaten on a Native reserve. I can't understand why a cat that had gone through so much in his life already had to get cancer too ? Cy was my best friend and taught me more about love and life that i could of ever asked for.

I have always wondered why animals have to day so early (CY was only 4) and found some comfort on this thread i found on a Horse related forum (the mane street)

Why dogs don't live as long as people

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.
The dog's owners; Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure
for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt Shane could learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting t! he old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understoodwhat was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What cameout of his mouth next stunned me - I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like
loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long "

I sincerely hope these words help anyone who is dealing with the loss of an animal.
post #2 of 9
Ali... I am so very sorry for your loss. I can imagine how heartbreaking this is to loose one so young, especially when it happens so quickly. You did the most unselfish act any of us could do in helping Cy cross the bridge. You put him above anything else

thankyou for sharing that story.. I have heard it before and it really is simply beautiful. Children are so perceptive (and honest) about things.

enjoy those angel wings Cy, watch over your family as they miss you so very much. RIP darlin
post #3 of 9
I'm so very sorry for your loss of Cy It was a difficult thing you had to decide, but you had Cy's best interests at heart

I've also heard that story and it's so moving and comforting

RIP Cy, and have fun over the bridge with all the other rainbow kitties who will look after you
post #4 of 9
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Cy. I pray that your memories will be near and dear to your heart. May they bring you peace and comfort. There are so many folks on this board who understand totally how you are feeling right now. The bond that connects us all is how passionately we love our cats. When we lose one, a piece of our heart goes to Rainbow Bridge with them and we are never the same. Because of that hole in our hearts, sometimes other cats find a special forever home. Rest in peace dear Cy. By now I am sure you have met my Rainbow boy, Max, a big black and white tuxedo. He is a dear one, and he will surely be a good friend for you.
post #5 of 9
Condolences on the loss of Cy. How difficult to lose him so quickly. I'm glad it sounds like he didn't really suffer much. Now he is whole and well, over the Rainbow Bridge!
post #6 of 9
Thank you so much for that beautiful and comforting story. I had never heard it before and I'm grateful to you for telling it. I am so sorry for the loss of your cat just as you were getting to know him. From your description he really didn't have much to learn about love and being good. May your memories comfort you.
post #7 of 9
Thank you for sharing that! It is beautiful and brings tears to my eyes.
I pray for all of you.
post #8 of 9
I'm so sorry you lost Cy - and so young. I'd only recently seen that story for the first time, and it is so touching.

Rest In Peace, Cy, and have fun at the Rainbow Bridge, playing with all of our beloved kitties that have passed before you.
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Originally Posted by alicat
. He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like
loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long "
Truely out of the mouth of babes comes wisdom.


I am sorry for your loss. What a beautiful boy Cy is. Many thoughts and comforting vibes are being sent your families way.
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