Friday, December 12, 2008

Mac update

Mac is still with us. He seems quite happy although he must be in some discomfort at times. He's eating and drinking. He's sleeping or hiding a fair bit but it's hard to know if this is because he's in a new house or hiding from the kids. He can't groom himself and he is drooling alot so his fur is not looking so good. I gave him a bath on Wednesday and he was a very thankful cat afterwards. It didn't last for long however and today he's pretty manky again.

I'm really struggling with when to make the decision to put him down. I know he's not going to get better and I don't want him to be in pain. It's such a balancing act to decide when his quality of life is not good enough and while I don't want him to suffer I don't want him to lose days. I guess if I didn't care it would be easier. In some way I wish that I had done it on Monday you know like a bandaid being taken off but I just couldn't with the kids there.

Anyway I know this is part of owing pets and while I'm incrediably sad about it at the moment we have had 14 years of taking care and loving Mac and that does make it all worthwhile.

4 comments:

Karen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your cat. it is so hard to decide when the right time is. We have had to make this decision with a few of our dogs and it always breaks my heart. They seem to give me a look that i just know then it is the right time.
Good luck. It doesn't get easier.

mocha said...

There is no right time. When we went through it recently we just felt there was a point when Sue felt tired of living and tired of the pain. For such an amazingly full of energy and character cat we just knew we had to let her go. But be prepared - schedule some really special family time and special treats for all of you as a family because although there are many happy memories, at first the sadness is just overwhelming ...

Steph said...

Sorry to hear about you cat, I have 2 and one is alomost 10 years old I so dread the day I have to put one of them down. Have a good weekend.

girlytwins said...

I'm so sorry. I know it must be so hard after 14 years with such a great companion.