Farewell to a Furry Friend

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 11th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3our886a/
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Saying goodbye is never easy especially if it's one of your favorite pets. This is my tribute to Tara the cat.

A Champion Cuddler


I lost a good friend this week - a furry one who spent hours cuddling with me.
A veterinarian put Tara the cat to sleep this week. Tara was about 10 years old and had incurable liver problems.
Tara came to live with my husband, Joe; and me after surviving the Flood of 2011, which devastated our corner of Upstate New York. See Saving the Flood of 2011 Refugees
Tara was aloof at first. She preferred to hang out in our basement where she spent much of her time lounging on my chaise lounge.
When the weather warmed up that spring, I let Tara stay on the chaise lounge. I bought a cheap lounge chair for myself. Sometimes, Tara would come out and join me on the patio. Other times, she stayed inside.
Gradually, she warmed up to us. She began coming upstairs more often and seeking us out. One day she jumped on my husband's lap. From then on, Tara found a new place to hang out: on Joe's lap or mine. Sometimes, she would lay right between us on the couch as we read or watched television. She was a champion cuddler.

A Sick Kitty


Tara seemed to enjoy living with us. She could be cranky at times but was an easygoing cat over all.
Then, a few weeks ago, she began vomiting. We took her in to see the veterinarian. Tara was prescribed anti-vomiting medication. She seemed to be doing better.
Then, the vomiting started again. At the same time, Tara began eating less and started losing weight. Some days, she wouldn't eat at all even though Joe and I tried to tempt her with cat treats and cans of Fancy Feast, a wet cat food most cats love.
We took Tara back to the vet a second time. The veterinarian referred us to a nearby animal hospital. We brought her in this past Sunday, and she was admitted the same day.
The veterinarian diagnosed her with liver problems and began treating her. On Monday morning, the veterinarian called me with an update on Tara's condition. She was looking better and had even eaten some food. The veterinarian thought she was doing well. Joe and I were thrilled to hear this.
But on Tuesday morning, a different veterinarian called me with a much grimmer prognosis. Tara had begun vomiting again. Her eyes were beginning to turn yellow, a symptom of liver failure. Sadly, Tara's chances of recovering were slim to none.
Joe and I talked it over and made the decision to have Tara put to sleep. We didn't want to see her suffer any more.

Saying Goodbye


With heavy hearts, Joe and I drove over to the animal hospital. Light snow was falling as we headed to a nearby town where Tara was hospitalized. It was a pretty winter wonderland outside but we couldn't enjoy the scenery.
The hospital staff was wonderful. They treated us with kindness. They brought Tara in to an exam room. Her eyes were yellow. I petted her and felt her bones protruding from her body.
Tara didn't look at Joe or myself. She seemed to look past us. Later, Joe wondered aloud if she was already preparing for leaving us.
The veterinarian was gentle with us and explained the procedure thoroughly. Tara would get an overdose of anesthesia. She would literally fall asleep and not wake up again.
I picked her up but she yowled. She may have been in pain from her liver disease. So I put her back down on the table and took a deep breath. Joe and I gently stroked her and said our goodbyes as the veterinarian inserted the needle. Tara's head flopped onto her paws. Then, she was still.
Joe and I cried and hugged each other. We couldn't believe Tara would never come home with us again. There would be no more cuddling on the couch. I would no longer have to share my lounge chair with her.
Now, there is an empty space in our hearts. We still have Casey the dog and Sammy the black cat with us. But we miss our little furry friend. We hope she's at peace now.

Tara appeared in several articles I did here at Wikinut.
Here 's one on the Benefits of Pets
Here's one on Life Lessons
Here's one on Cranky Cats
Here's one about another cat Missing Molly

Attribution
I took all the photos myself.

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Loss Of A Pet, Loss Of Pets, Pets, Pets Animals, Pets As Friends, Pets Story

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Very sad to read about the loss of your cat Tara, as she was a rescued cat she may have even been older than you thought, at least you gave her some good final years and took her to the vet when you knew something was wrong.

Sorry for your loss. RIP Tara.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for your kind words, Mark. Yes, she may have been older than we thought. We still loved her anyways.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Connie I can truly say that I know what you are feeling. Seven years ago I had to have my oldest cat put down because she had developed lymph node cancer and was in constant pain and ho hope of being cured. Jezebel was 11 or 12 years old when I had her put down. The day I took het to the vet for the last time I held her in my arms as the vet administered the gas and the final shot that took away her pain for all eternity. I remember the way she look up in my face as she took her last breath as if saying thank you daddy for taking away my pain. My wife walked out and left me there alone as I started crying like a baby. I cried all the way home that day and I don't know how I manage to drive up that mountain without wrecking my jeep but I did. To this day I still cannot think about her without having tears come to my eyes. With time the pain of your loss will lessen but it will never go away completely.

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author avatar Mariah
12th Dec 2013 (#)

You're so right there Jerry, it always brings tears to our eyes when we think of our dog too.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Good evening, Conne; I am sorry for your loss. About four years ago, I had to have my 19 year old cat, Major Mouser put down. He had been at the recovery home since he was a kitten, so we knew his age. My vet is a cat person, and both of us cried together. Major seemed to understand intuitively which of the women needed cuddling, and which needed him to maintain a respectful distance. However, when a woman was getting ready to leave, regardless of his prior actions, Major would wander into her room as if to let her know he knew she was getting ready to go, and unlike his usual behaviors, would meow at them. He was an exceptional cat, and I miss him. I know you will miss Tara. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jerry, for your kind words. Jezebel sounded like she was wonderful, too.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for your kind words as well, Marilyn. Major was an amazing cat. I think it's so interesting that he knew when to cuddle and when to stay at a distance. Cats are wonderful that way.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Dec 2013 (#)

so sorry to.read this Connie but am sure
Tara is running around Cat Heaven bringing good cheer..y friend lost his Dorky after over 15 years and I am sad about that too.now here I am looking after Gabriella's Roo because she and Nicholas are in New Hampshire where her young brother is in a coma after a very serious car accident...so light and healing to all of us cats and dogs and people too..bless you

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Carolina. Hope the young man recovers from his car accident.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Dec 2013 (#)

yes please God ..you are such an angel Connie and I love you...I shared your beautiful memorial above...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Oh no Carolina! And RIP Tara! Connie, you've done a nice job letting us glimpse the life and I hope writing helped with the sadness. It is hard when anything dies, esp around the holidays.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Dec 2013 (#)

A sad post my dear Connie, we get so attached to our pets you dont have an idea. When you lose a furry friend like Tara, you really cry for tehm , believe me! Sorry for you loss

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author avatar Mariah
12th Dec 2013 (#)

So sorry Connie, it must have broken your heart to let her go. We lost our dog Mutley this year, same age as Tara, and we had to do what you and your husband did too, so
sad and upsetting, but now our pets are not suffering anymore, which is the final act of love we can give them isn't it.
Nothing can take away your special memories of Tara, you will always have them, and no doubt like us, a million photos of your beloved pet.
Here's a hug from me Connie.x

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for your kind words, Phyl, Fern and Mariah.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Dec 2013 (#)

I agree with all the sentiments already written Connie , and I add that I pray that your sorry will soon pass, but the happy memories will last forever .
God bless you and your family , and may you still have a very Happy Christmas and get to enjoy your beautiful scenery ...and will share that with us too .
God bless you dear friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Dec 2013 (#)

ps ... I meant to say ..sorrow will soon pass...not sorry ...( but I am sorry )
More blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar joyalariwo
13th Dec 2013 (#)

I'm sorry about your cat Conny, I pray she RIP.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you, joyalariwo and Stella, for your kind words. It's wonderful to have such a supportive community here at Wikinut.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Dec 2013 (#)

my heart goes out to you...a lovely tribute Connie...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Delicia.

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author avatar Carol
17th Dec 2013 (#)

Oh Connie, hugs, so sorry to hear about your loss. Animals give us so much love, your loss must be tremendous. Remember the good times

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol. I do miss her so much.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Dec 2013 (#)

I share in your loss, Connie Animals do not differentiate as before their eyes all are equal. They reciprocate our love and affection, and may understand more in subtle ways our emotions and feelings - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you, Siva, for your support and kind words.

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author avatar Zola
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Dear Connie, I'm sorry for your loss. I've had pets all my life and have, sadly, had to part with many of them. I know what you must have gone through.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you. Zola, for your kind words. It's tough to lose our furry friends.

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