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08/26/2009 17:53:21 PM by unettf   Send Message to unettf  1422  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance view all blogs

    

In November of 2005, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, my Mother was finally released from all of her suffering that she had been through for approximately two years.

She left behind two very sweet and affectionate senior cats, Snow and Boots.  As you can see from the photo below, they were best 'buds'.  Since Boots had more health problems than Snow, you can see that Snow tried to look after her in her own sweet way.

Anyone out there that has ever had senior cats, you know that as they grow older, they can develop a variety of health problems. Snow, in addition, to her later problems, was born with a disability. She was born with one blue eye and one green eye. When I first started taking care of her and took her to the vet, he told me that when a cat has eyes like that, they are deaf in the ear that is on the side of the blue eye. As a result, I never felt comfortable letting her run loose outside.  When they were living with my Mom, she kept them in a fully enclosed pen outside, under some shady trees, similar to the one I have for my cats. So, my Mom didn't let them run loose either.

Snow was cancer survivor as well. One day, when they both were still staying at my Mom's, I noticed that her ear didn't look right. I took her to the vet, and he said it was cancer.  We had to end up having her ear partially amputated. Fortunately, she made a complete recovery.

Boots, the little gray cat you see in the photo, had an allergy problem.  She was allergic to fleas.  If any fleas got on her, she would lose her hair.  When she was staying in the pen at my Mom's, at one time, she was almost hairless. I would have to take her to the vet for treatments, and make sure that she would get her monthly flea medication.

Since they had lived all of their lives outside in a pen, naturally they were not 'potty trained'.  It is not easy to 'potty train' senior cats. When I brought them home, they both were already 17 years old.

They gradually got the hang of it, but, as Snow got older, we really started having problems with her.  She got to where she would do 'her thing' most anywhere.  It seemed as if she couln't control herself. It got to where we were embarrassed to have company.  I bought a lot of air freshner and stain remover during that time.

It spite of their health problems and disabilities, and all the frustration that sometimes went along with it, they also brought a lot of joy and laughter into our lives. I wouldn't have traded that time for anything.

Sadly, back in June of 2008, it all started to come to an end. 

Dear little Snow developed a lump on the underside of her. The cancer had come back. I took her to the vet and they operated on her.  She came through the surgery very well, but afterwards something went wrong and, at a little after 7 p.m. on the evening of June 24th, she died.

Poor little Boots never seemed to understand why Snow wasn't around anymore. She started to spend most of her days and nights not being as active as she used to be and just sleeping. She couldn't seem to get over losing her 'Best Bud'.

In the first part of November 2008, she started getting disoriented and losing control over her legs.  On November 9, 2008, I went back in her room to check on her since she hadn't come out, and she was already on the way out.

She was in her little 'cubby hole' bed. I brought her in the living room and put her beside me.  I didn't want her to be alone.  She died about 30 minutes later.  They were both 20 years old when they died.

When you have senior cats, you have to be prepared for any kind of  health or behavioral problems that might arise.  Remember, just like when we get old and develop health problems, animals do too.  They need all the love, care, patience, and understanding that we would give our parents, grandparents, or some other family member.

As I said before, I wouldn't have traded that short time that they were in our life for anything.  I will always miss them. 



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