Monday, August 22, 2011

Until We Meet Again Casey

Saturday, August 20 at approximately 4:15 p.m. I had to let my Casey go on her journey.  She's been in my life for 17 years. 

Casey has always been a healthy cat. When I suspected that something was wrong, it was in November and I noticed her drinking a lot of water. I had her tested and she had elevated levels that indicated that her kidneys were failing. For ten months we've kept her comfortable and hydrated with fluids and I made sure she ate as much as she could to keep her weight up.

We went thru our ups and downs but they were really not bad at all. Casey has always been a healthy indoor cat. The only time she was at the vet was when once she was in our backyard and a Tom cat got a hold of her and fought with her. Her wounds needed attention. Other than that she's never been any trouble at all. So what small issues we experience with her were nothing.

The cats on Catster educated me to what was happening to Casey. The advice I got from Alex - Sweet Angel Girl was wonderful and it helped me give Casey 10 more months to live. When the fluids and the B12 didn't work this time around and she stopped eating I knew the fight was over and Casey was ready to make her journey.  Saturday morning I woke up early to spend some alone time with her.  I held her on my lap and we spoke quietly to each other.  I had to go to a meeting that morning and I asked her to wait for me until I got home.  I didn't want her to make the journey alone.  She waited.

I loved her so much and I know I gave her the best life I could give her. She was born wild and I rescued her from the streets at four months old. She held onto that toughness for many years and as she got older she let it go but in the end it was me who had to get tough and fight the fight for her to stay healthy and comfortable. In the end it was me who had to be strong enough to go thru the pain of letting her go.

Until we meet again Casey.  

I will watch for you in the clouds Precious One.

How long can such beauty last when it is just  barely hanging from a vine?