I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus years. His name was Phantom; my grouchy Old man. I buried him next to Spirit. I wrapped him in some towels and a nice box. I decorate the grave in red tone chipped bricks.Last night after I asked for the purrs. Phantom became much weaker. He tried to jump up on a table and fell. He just laid there in a odd facing fashion and did not move. When I picked him up to move him back to his perch after making sure he was ok. He was very weak barely able to stand. He has not been eating much, drinking water yes. His kidney were giving out from my final observations today.

I laid awake most of the night thinking about this and checking on him. He had been a big cat going from about 16 pounds to 6 pounds since his hyperthyroidism set in. He had not been himself for a few days. I was hoping it was like before a few months ago. This morning I knew it was time to face one of my greatest fears.
Me and Mom drove him to the emergency clinic that he was taken too not to long ago when we found out he had hyperthyroidism. I did the special whistle I had been doing for him over the last 15 years. Every time he heard before in the past. He would pop up from where ever and come to me for loving and kisses. He meowed a few times and had his special purr that he does, all the way to the end.

I held his head in my hands and focused into his eyes. I told him I love him so much and thanked him for being my friend for so long. It was very quick before the vet was even done he was gone. I closed his eyes after the vet checked and told him travel safe my friend I Love you. I was crying like a baby when I said this. I still am as I write this.The vet and the staff were very pleasant and compassionate. The gentleman vet put his hand on my back and told me I was a very lucky man to have him in my life for so long. I know I was. I already feel so empty though. The vet also told me that I was a good man for giving the greatest gift I could give. Am I a good man ???. I don't feel like it. I will always have my doubts when the time was right.

I think we all have felt this way. It is a demon I must face once again. I miss him so much already. I know I will see all of them again when it is my time. I pray the gods find forgiveness in their hearts to let me be with my proud masters of before. I pray for redemption for any trespasses I might do or have done in my life to be with the ones that I love.
Travel safe across the bridge My friend. I love you so much
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=A0 =A0 I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus year=s. =A0His name was Phantom; ... life=to be with the ones that I love. Travel safe across the bridge =A0My friend. =A0I love you so much

He had a good time with you and now he is across the Rainbow Bridge, where he is young and a BIG boycat again and he can jump on and off tables at will. He misses you but he can wait; he's in no hurry.

Will in New Haven
I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus years. His name was Phantom; my grouchy ... to be with the ones that I love. Travel safe across the bridge My friend. I love you so much

{{Hugs}} Matt. He will be waiting for you, along with Spirit, at the Bridge.
Patti
The vet and the staff were very pleasant and compassionate. The gentleman vet put his hand on my back and ... that I was a good man for giving the greatest gift I could give. Am I a good man ???.

Yes, you are. We recently lost our Grand Old Man, Ripley. He too was
16 and had struggled for years with diabetes. He put up with havinghis ears pricked to draw blood for glucose testing and with twice-a-day insulin shots, but he declined steadily. On his next-to-last day, he was having seizures and fouled his long gray coat with diarrhea. We got his sugar back up to normal and the next day he seemed better. For the first time in years he asked to go out. We let him out on the deck and he laid in the sun for a couple of hours, then came back in. Later that day, he began seizing again and we rushed him to the vet. Blood tests showed his kidneys were gone and he was near the end. My wife held him as the vet administered the necessary shot. He simply went limp and was gone.
I like to think he knew the end was near when he went out to the deck and just wanted the sun on his face one last time. There was nothing more we could do for him.
Believe me when I say we understand your feelings. You did the right thing.
I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus years. His name was Phantom; my grouchy ... to be with the ones that I love. Travel safe across the bridge My friend. I love you so much[/nq]Yes, you are a very good man. You made the most difficult decision we face when we care for our furbabies, and you made your decision based on what was best for Phansom and not for yourself. You gave Phantom the final gift of love by making the decision when it became clear that he could no longer have any quality of life and by being present with him when the vet performed the necessary procedure.

I have done that with each of my cats. I always hold them at the end because I do not want their final minutes to be a time of pain or fear, and you did the same thing. Thank you for being so compassionate and caring. You are in pain, but you should receive some solace by knowing that Phantom was dearly loved and is no longer in pain.

MaryL
=A0 =A0 I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus year=s. =A0His name was Phantom; ... Spirit. =A0=I wrapped him in some towels and a nice box. I decorate the grave in red to=ne chipped bricks.

My sympathies Matthew, I'd hoped that you'd have more time together, but it sounds like you made the right decision.
Jeanette
for loving and kisses. He meowed a few times and had his special purr that he does, all the way ... I Love you. I was crying like a baby when I said this. I still am as I write this.

oh god, Matthew I am so sorry. I know how much you loved him. You did everything right. I'm crying with you now.
you know in your heart the time was right... or you wouldn't have done it, respecting your friendship by doing what is right for him is a true manly act, Lee

Have a wonderful day
=A0 =A0 I just got back inside from burying my old friend of 15 plus year=s. =A0His name was Phantom; ... life=to be with the ones that I love. Travel safe across the bridge =A0My friend. =A0I love you so much

Matthew, I'm sorry for your great loss. I know how tough it is to put a cat you dearly love to sleep. Please know that you did your best for Phantom.
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