Feb. 11th, 2017

lionkingcmsl: (Hard day)
As much as it pains me to make this post, I have to.

I do not believe that she will be with me much longer. She is not eating or drinking, she has gotten lethargic and lost weight. I had her to the vet yesterday and the diagnosis was kidney failure. she said it was not surprising for a cat 21 years old. This was different vet and the staff was surprised at her age and how well behaved she was.

Maggie is putting on a brave front: jumping into my bed earlier this morning and, as I am typing this,she jumped into my lap. She is not using the litter box much, and when she does use it very little is there.She has drool coming from her mouth. She is not showing external signs of pain, but I know she is in discomfort. The past few days she has sat around yowling and crying for no obvious, to me, reason. Even if I had the money I would not go for "heroic" measures to lengthen her life. It would not be fair or kind to her, and it would be very selfish of me to do so.

She has been part of my life for the last 16 years and I will miss her. As anyone who has visited the den will attest she is laid back, very tolerant and gentle.

Even though I have had a cat in the den for the past 20 years,the first was Katrina, I will not be getting a third cat. I will miss having another living presence in the den, it will feel empty, but I also feel that I might be doing a third cat a disservice. That being said, if I do decide to get another cat I will adopt an adult cat; like Katrina and Maggie.

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