Wednesday, February 5, 2014
we had to say to goodbye to our sweet poppy girl last night. she was only 6 1/2 years old. so very young. over the weekend she was acting off, not eating and acting listless. then later in the afternoon on saturday she seemed to have a stroke or seizure and couldn't get control of her limbs. we rushed her over to our vet and they thought it seemed cardiovascular based on how rigid she got and the way she was curling her legs up to her body. we'd also found a lump near her spine just 2 days before. her blood pressure was too low for bloodwork to rule out infection or diabetes so we left the vet armed with heart meds and instructions to see how she does on the meds for a few days and follow up with the cardiologist at our practice. she was drinking water but only if we placed her at her dish. she was not eating that we could tell and was just super weak and unsteady when walking.
so last night we took her back to the vet and her temperature was so low when we got there they wrapped her in blankets with hot water bottles. they listened to heart and said it sounded very quiet and weak. she's also lost 1.5lbs in the 3 days since we'd been there. for a 7lb cat that is a lot of weight. we could have driven her straight to an emergency cardiologist but our vet thought it might only be a few days even with aggressive treatment, maybe weeks but her quality of life would not be good. tim wanted to bring her home for the night, but the vet said we'd only have a few hours and would need to bring her back that night. i was worried we'd bring her home selfishly and wouldn't be able to get her back in time if something terrible happened. so, we made the hard decision to end her suffering.
we are so so sad today. even though she was a tiny cat our house feels so quiet and empty without her. we will miss our sweet girl so very much.