Update On Anna Belle

Canada
October 31, 2008 2:48am CST
For those of you who are familiar with my avatar, you'll know that it's a photo of my beloved kitty. She's a very important member of our family, and we've had her since my daughter (now seventeen), was six. This past August, she became seriously ill with pancreatitus. She was in intensive care at a pet hospital for three days. We weren't sure if she was going to make it, at that time. When we brought her home, she was on meds, not eating normally, and refusing to drink. We had to give her water with a syringe. After a lot of TLC, she came around, and things returned to normal with her, which I'm so thankful for. However, she's not doing so well again these days. She is still eating and drinking, but has started vomiting quite often again. She's done so several times, over the past few days. As a matter of fact, she's just thrown up here, a few minutes ago. She's also been less active of late, too. Her treatment this past summer, was very expensive, and I had to borrow the money to pay for this. We wanted to give her one more chance, and to have as much time with her as possible. Costly treatment 'is not' an option this time though, and I'm so hoping that we won't lose her, before the end of this year. I'd appreciate your good thoughts, and prayers for Anna Belle. I truly believe this helped to pull her through last summer. What do you do when a special pet becomes very ill? How do you decide when it's time to 'let them go?'
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@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Losing a beloved member of the family is really hard. I have always had to weigh between how happy the cat is and how much it is taking to take care of him/her. If the cat responds and is happy, then good, but if its taking too much money and the cat isn't happy, then it does become a problem of deciding if it isn't time to give him/her the release.
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• Canada
4 Nov 08
Hi ElicBxn, That's exactly what the vet said, this past summer. If (she) isn't enjoying any quality of life, then we need to do the right thing. It's just so hard, and I hate to see her starting to throw up so often again. I'm afraid things will only get worse, and we won't have her even until the end of this year. I could be wrong, and am still hoping she'll pull out of this. Thanks for your response here. Take care.
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@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
4 Nov 08
It is very hard. I hate it when it becomes that time. I feel for you. My faith says that animals go straight to heaven, that they have commited no sin and go right to a reward where there will be no more pain and suffering. And they will be surrounded by love.
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• Canada
4 Nov 08
Thanks again. I do know for sure that they'll be at peace, when they 'go to sleep.' It is a lovely thought to think of them being able to roam around, free of pain, and basking in the sun etc.
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@minx267 (14779)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Nov 08
OMG! I brought Sahara to the vet this morning. I let her out when I got home from work. So I was lloking for her when it was time to go and guess what? I found her in th litter box. Pooping- On her own. _i had to run over and hold her tail out of the way. I was so excited - that is what I blurted out when i got to the vets.. Sahara pooped in the box on her own.. lol well the Vet says- "you saw her? " YEP all little muscles working -pushing the poop out.. lol so he feels her belly and says her bladder isn't overly extended either. which means even though I haven't seen her she must be urinating on her own too.. She is getting better!! WOW talk about your miracles. I was supposed to go in an put her down Last friday and I was having so much bad luck in October- I said no I am going to wait. SO I pushed it to yesterday and lo and behold her nerves started functioning again. He says she surely used up some of her 9 lives. And the vet tech was calling her a miracle kitty.. No we have to let her heal a little more a then in a couple of weeks or so she will have to have her tail amputated- because she can't use it and it gets in the way of her pooping and the dogs and I are almost stepping on it all the time since it just drags on the floor behind her. But- even though it is a pretty tail at least she will still be around.. and I always did want a MANX cat.. lol November is looking up!
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi minx, What a miracle! I'm so thrilled for you and Sahara. It sounds like the vet was very surprised by this turn of events. Thank goodness you decided to give her some extra time. It is too bad about her tail, but she'll do just fine without it, and you'll still be able to have 'her' with you. I really appreciate you coming back here, to share this with me. Your good news has made my day. Take care.
@minx267 (14779)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Nov 08
Yea I think the vet was surprised. He didn't say anything til after he felt her bladder- I think he thought I was just getting my hopes up. But I am glad I waited too. I just knew it wasn't hopeles.. How is Anna belle doing? and I am so glad I can finally share good news for a change. Hope springs eternal.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
I guess it's their need to be professional, that causes many vets not to get too emotional. I'm glad that he acknowledged the miracle though. I believe there's always hope, right up until we know we've done all that's humanly possible. Anna Belle is still holding her own. She continues to vomit far too often though. The last time was on Tuesday. On the plus side, she's still eating and drinking, and showing an interest in wandering around, and being affectionate.
• United States
5 Nov 08
someone, I feel for you I know losing Annabell will just break your heart. When my Sammy goes who is around 14 she will be truly missed and she is loved a lot. To make the decision to put an loved pet down is one of the hardest things someone has to do. I have to think of finances and then I think of the suffering of the animal. I do not want my pet to suffer and that meas suffering from the treatment as well as the illness. Good luck to you.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi teapotmom, Thanks so much for your kind words, and understanding. I get emotional, just thinking of having to finally have to make this decision. It gets even worse, when I think of actually being with her when she goes. I do hope you have lots of time left with your Sammy too. I really hate it that finances are even a factor in this though. It's hard enough as it is. Take care.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
You are right it is such a hard decision to have to put a loved pet down. Thank god we do not have to make that decision with our loved ones (human) To me it is not hard to let (human's) be a no code but to actually put one down I do not think I could make that decision. Good luck my friend.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
31 Oct 08
Sweetie I am so sorry to read this and of course she will be in my thoughts and I hope that she pulls through and gets better As for what I would do, as hard as this sounds Sweetie, if it distresses them and if they ae in Pain and old I would just take the Vets advice, I had to with our Dog before Gissi, he ended up with Cancer and he was 13 the Vet advised to put him to sleep, it was hard but I knew he would not suffer anymore and I stayed with him till the end and after I held him, it was the hardest thing I ever had to do it took me a long time to get over it but I knew it was for the best and I would do the same for Gissi if I ever have to as he is so very special to me like Anna Belle is to you, if she gets worse you need to ask your Vet what is for the best I am sorry Sweetie it is not really what you want to hear, it is hard but ........ Love you and you know where I am if you need me Big Hugs Hugs and Kisses to Anna Belle from me
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• Canada
3 Nov 08
Hi gabs, Thanks so much. I know you're right, and the time will likely come when we have to let her go. It's just so hard though, and I do still hope that she can be with us, until at least the end of the year. I so hope that your Gissi will be with you for many years to come. Thanks too for your friendship, and your listening ear. It really does mean a lot. Big Hugs to both you and Gissi too.
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 08
Hi Mom I know it is so hard and I do hope that she will be able to stay longer with you and go in her own time I really do Always remember though she will not be leaving you as she will always live on in your Heart just like all mine are I hope to that this little Fellow is here for a long long time, I have loved all my Pets and they still have a place in my Heart, but this little Fellow is so deep in my Heart it is unbelievable I think it is because he is so little, because of how I found him and because I know that the way he is now has been hard work and I had to work hard with him for many months but it was worth it believe me it was lol, you would love him, everyone does lol
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@jordan04n (463)
• United States
13 Nov 08
God always knows what is best for my pets. I pray for his direction. If it costs and odds are good we do it. Our daushaund had successful back surgery...$2600 and well worth it. When she did pass we waited on her and did not put her down. Pets are here for our pleasure. Sad to see them go. I love mine so much. With only 2 left it will be hard.
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• Canada
13 Nov 08
You have given some very good advice here. The only thing is, sometimes it's not possible to wait for them to pass away on their own. If they're really suffering, and the vet says letting them go is the best way, then I will 'have' to make that decision. Thanks for your response.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
31 Oct 08
My Petey was getting old...he was 10 years old. He would cry when I tried to pick him up, he wouldn't sleep with me anymore and he wouldn't let me hold him. I took him to the vet and made the hardest choice in my life. I couldn't see putting him through pain and suffering just so I wouldn't have grieve for him. I let him go...it broke my heart and I miss him every day but I'd rather I suffer then him. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF** [/b]
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• Canada
4 Nov 08
Hi twoey, I'm so very sorry to hear about Petey. Although we know it's the right thing to do, and we can't allow them to suffer, it's still so hard. I get upset just thinking of having to make this decision about Anna Belle. I only hope that she'll still be with us, by the end of the year. Thanks so much for sharing here. Take care.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Lots of prayers coming your way for Anna Belle..Hang in there sweet kitty and I will be thinking of you.. We've had to put a couple kittys to sleep..It is extremely emotional but we are there with them at the vet's...We hold them, tell them thank you for letting us share their lives...Give lots of hugs and kisses...and after about 20 minutes of that we say good-bye...We hold them till the end.. Love and Hugs to Anna Belle...xo
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• Canada
3 Nov 08
Hi Feona, Awwwwwwww. Thanks so much for the prayers for her. It really does mean a lot. I can only imagine how hard what you've described here, would be. They're all so precious to us, and it's discouraging to see her starting to throw up again (and so often). We're making sure we enjoy her (even more than usual), and counting each day we have her as a blessing. I appreciate you sharing here. Take care.