She passed on after a severe bought with a feline cold and she was too old to fight it off.
She didn't suffer as far as we know, her eyes were peaceful and shining.
Just around 30-35 minutes before she passed my dad and I went in to pet her and she still managed a soft purring.
Ducky was my first cat; the cat that was only meant to stay a while but became a regular tenant at our loving home.
She lived a good life and although it pains me to have her gone I know she did not suffer and for that I am glad.
My heart hurts from the guilt that maybe we could have done something but there was nothing we could do other than prolong some kind of suffering. We made her comfortable and gave her love and petting during her final days.
--RIP 'Ducky' --
"My old granny cat"
I will miss you like madness but we will meet again~
1996 - Oct. 8th, 2013
EDIT: Although a lot of stuff has been happening (most of it negative sadly) we knew Ducky was nearing the end of her life. Sadly she'd been dropping in weight rather rapidly and the vet just told is she is just getting old. She was a bigger cat so her life expectancy was not long, they said not past 10 years old, she was also rather hefty most of her life; big boned and just...big, so she got arthritis something fierce and we had her on meds for that for a bit until we noticed it didn't do anything to help at all.
So regardless of all the crap happening this happening, although sad, is kind of a good thing. She didn't suffer and I was able to say goodbye to her. Our other 3 cats we had in the past I never got to say goodbye to the which was heartbreaking, but I am grateful I got to spend a few of Ducky's last moments with her holding her and telling her how much I loved her and that it was okay to let go. That I would be okay without her now.
I am still and probably will grieve her passing for a long time since she was my first cat, I had her since she was a kitten and she grew up with me. She was my 'fat cat'.
Anyway, I had a few people mentioning the absolute sh*t luck I've had the last few weeks but honestly I think it's sunk if that no matter what I'm kind of destined to have it happen and there's not much to do but realize this and just do what you can do move on from it.
I am very glad for the years I've had Ducky in my life as not just a pet but a friend. She was there for me as a child protecting me from thunderstorms, sharing cereal with me, and her warmth.
So yes, it is sad but death is not the closing of a door but rather the opening of a new one for the soul that parts from this world into the next.
She is with her sisters now pain free and wading in fields of evergreen catmint and clover.
I know I will see her again... when the time comes for me to leave this world I will see her waiting for me.
I made this in MSPaint considering this is all I have at the moment on this computer I'm on. These pics are from 2007-2008.
I am gonna cry my head off when one of my pets goes
...but I hope I will see them again
I have a cat just like her he's big (15 lbs.) and super fluffy Ive had him since he was a kitten and I love him to bits
Im so sorry for your loss losing a pet is like losing a family member,scratch that you are losing a family member.
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's been almost a year now since my cat, Ice, passed away. He was 13 and I got him on my 7th birthday. I watched his birth. He was my best friend for most of my life. Just wanted to say I think I know what your going through. It still hurts and I still miss him like crazy, but we'll see them again.
I hope things get easier for you.
I'll go crying now ...
We were unlucky to lose one of our cats for three years ago, when she was only 7. She was so important to me that I still sometimes mourn after her death, because it was so sudden. She was like another mother to me. She was my support when I had it rough because of school bullies. I also know that I will meet her when my time comes. I know that our other cats, that have died, are waiting for me too.
Try to carry on, NinjaKato
We had a reddish cat once, his name was Guus, & after having a few brain haemorrhages we knew he would left this world soon. He eventually became deaf and then he lost his smell. Eventually he became blind too... when we noticed he just walked around in circles one time, we knew his time had come & we had put him to eternal sleep.
Both of my cats are getting "up there", so I worry about them both, as they both have a few issues. One of them is a tuxedo also, and it seems to be the norm that they are "easy keepers" -- she eats, a lot. Lately they've both been slowing down too -- she's fifteen and he's fourteen, so it's to be expected. But it's amazing how the little devils, the constant and perpetual toddlers in fur, work their way into your lives, and how much you know you will miss them once they are gone...
I hope you feel better soon, Ducky will always be in your heart and belongs to your family!
your "Ducky" looks almost identical to him.
Sparky's health started to decline rapidly, I knew his days were coming to an end.. but a small part of me wanted to believe he'd be okay. Some days he seemed normal, and others he seemed worse. I feel a bit of guilt for not giving affection him the night before the trip to the vets. His heart was surrounded by fluid which was emptying into his abdomen, he was suffering and I never knew it.
I may not know you, but I am sorry for your loss as well. Ducky and sparky had lots of similarities (from what I've read in your description of her.)
I am so very sad for your loss, but since you loved her so dearly I'm sure you'll see her again.