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BALIX
24th Aug 2005, 18:20
It is a sad day in the Balix household. Our cat, Tilly/Tills/Tribs/Tribbies/Attila/The Cat finally lost her battle with immortality. She was 19 years and 4 months old. That she survived that long is a miracle. When she was four she was run over and survived, though one of her hind legs needed removing. She hopped around quite happily on three for the next fifteen years, surviving a few other health scares towards the end.

However, two weeks ago she stopped eating. Even then, she stubbornly refused to slip away peacefully and as she didn't appear to be in too much discomfort, we managed to avoid making the awful decision. Until today, when it was obvious that she was starting to suffer.

A trip to the vets, tears in our eyes, and she went to sleep for one last time at 16:30. Mrs Balix remained with her. I couldn't and must have looked a right pansy blubbing away in the car park.

Mrs Balix and I got her as a kitten just six weeks after we were married. The junior Balixes have not known life without her. We knew it was coming, we know it is for the best, but we feel devastated nevertheless.

Pets, eh?

:{ :{ :{

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Aug 2005, 18:27
Aahh, mate....

Don't know how to make things better or what to say. Condolences and hope the thought that she spent her life with folks who love her helps.

Sympathy...

Whirlygig
24th Aug 2005, 18:28
So sorry for you, Mrs. Balix and little Balixes.

No-one would have thought you a pansy for crying. Anyone who goes to a vet understands what pets can mean to someone and will probably understand what has just happened.

It's a sad thing when I've sat in the vet's waiting room for an appointment, someone has gone in ahead of me and shortly returned with the empty pet carrier and their faces to the floor.

You've done the best for her and gave her a good life; that may not help just now but it will later when the grieving diminishes.

Love

Whirls

kissmysquirrel
24th Aug 2005, 18:46
My condolences but you could always use the cat for mangle practice as in the Private Flying thread about transporting cats to france. Just a thought.
It is sad when a pet passes away but look at it this way, your neighbours willbe happy no more spraying and cat sh*te in their gardens.:O

av8boy
24th Aug 2005, 19:39
I had to have my old cat put down last week as well. Iíve been through a lot of challenging things in life, but that was perhaps the hardest thing Iíve ever had to do. The missus was flying a trip at the time, and happened to call just as Bernie was about to get his final injection. I couldnít even talk and had to hand the phone to my sonÖ

:(


Best cat ever.

It was the same for us... my son is 18 and daughter is 16 and they cannot remember a time when that cat wasn't in their life.

iskandra
24th Aug 2005, 20:38
My condolences. I've had cats ever since I was 12, and it's always sad when on of them dies. The last one of ours died because she was such a stubborn little thing not even the vet could get any medication into her....she caught pneumonia and just refused to do anything about, like a really stubborn old lady...."It's alright, don't fuss, just a cold..."
We've got ten adopted cats right now (yeah, that's a lot, but we've got a house and a big garden, and frankly, they just adopted US...) One of them, little Poppy, is just snoozing on my lap.

I don't feel like a pansy when one of our cats dies...I think crying is perfectly allowable! *hugs*

Bre901
24th Aug 2005, 20:50
Very sorry for the Balix family. Went to the vet a bit more than one year ago so I know how you feel. Agree with Whirly about crying, you just shouldn't care about what unknowns think about you.

Frank Furillo
24th Aug 2005, 21:25
Sod what others think, Its okay to cry...... it is a sign of strength, I've cried when I have had to say goodbye to my pets as well and still do when I think about them. We always had Dogs when I was growing up, now we have a very old (11) German Shepard with really bad arthritus, she's on serious drugs, so she does not feel the pain...but I am dreading the day, the cats will like it though.
As one animal lover to annother, I wish to express my deepest sympathy.
FF

Maple 01
24th Aug 2005, 23:05
Might suprise those that don't know the mil that well

http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=185802

tinpis
25th Aug 2005, 04:50
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angels
25th Aug 2005, 06:36
BALIX - really sorry to hear your news mate. Afraid I've got the t-shirt, blubbing and all.

When I lived in Hong Kong we got two cats (brother and sister) from the RSPCA. The brother was probably the most stupid cat in the world while the sister (I reckon she was the runt of the litter) was the canniest.

One day, while we were out, the brother duly met his end when he jumped out of the window in an attempt to get one of birds that circle the flats in Mid-levels. This was unfortunate as we lived on the 25th floor.....

Having retrieved his body from the rubbish dump where the security guys had dumped him, I buried him on The Peak overlooking Victoria Harbour (the Chinese like to be buried overlooking water).

His sister is in good hands today and has apparently got fatter.

Take care.

brockenspectre
25th Aug 2005, 06:36
{{{{{HUGS}}}}} to the Balix family ... I am sure you will all have heard of The Rainbow Bridge but here (http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html) is one link for you ... :)

tinpis
25th Aug 2005, 07:00
Geezaz wept Brox


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lexxity
25th Aug 2005, 12:14
Aw poor balix household, big hug from me to all of you, it's rubbish when your pets pass on. Have a good old cry.

Capt.KAOS
25th Aug 2005, 12:17
These threads give me the creeps. For chrissakes, the cat was 19! (88 in human life). It's not the cat you're mourning it are the reminiscences of your own life...

BALIX
25th Aug 2005, 14:06
Thanks for the messages of sympathy, and also those that are perhaps less than sympathetic - we all need a bit of perspective after all.

Yes she was old. Yes, her time was well and truly up. Yes, we had enjoyed every minute of her company for 19+ years. But also, a day later, there is the realisation that it was the right thing to do.

The memories of the kids saying their goodbyes, though, will live with me for a long time.

dmanton300
25th Aug 2005, 17:14
These threads give me the creeps.
Errrr . . . thought about skipping over them then? Thus neatly side-stepping any feelings of creeped-outness. You know it makes sense!