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Post by lauragill » Mon October 31st, 2011, 10:19 am

I have known Patch for 17 years, and fed him for 10. He and his siblings were born in 1994 on the property behind ours. The old lady who lived there could never catch the mama cat to spay her, but did manage to catch the kittens and have them fixed. She died some years ago, and her son moved away and left the cats, now adults.

Patch has always been very friendly. He and his siblings came to our door and we started feeding them. His brothers, Scratch and Sniff, died about two years ago, so it's just him and his younger sister, Baby Kat. Patch makes friends with every creature he meets, and has brought home other cats, possums, and squirrels. He alone of the cats let me pick him up and pet him.

Recently, I noticed he was very emaciated and moving slowly, like he had arthritis, so I brought him into the house, and the next day took him to the vet to see what was wrong, and to euthanize him if necessary, because he's too good a cat to die under somebody's house the way his brothers did. His blood work was okay, but he had a low-grade fever. I've been giving him medicine for the fever, and for the arthritis, and just gave him a bath, because he hasn't been grooming himself. He is incredibly docile, and did not fight me very much at all. He knows to use the litter box, and has been eating and drinking, and doing his business. All he does otherwise is sleep, poor thing. He's no longer crying to go out. Molly knows him, and, being scatterbrained and indifferent to most things, tolerates him. She usually goes over to smell him, but I think she knows he's not well.

I'm not sure how much longer he has left. If I knew he was terminally ill, I would put him down, but he's eating and drinking, and it might just be arthritis; he is, after all, the equivalent of 90+ year old man. All my other companions, canine and feline, gave me clear signs. Patch is being inscrutable.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon October 31st, 2011, 2:13 pm

Oh poor Patch, hope he's with you for a while yet - if he's eating etc normally, that's always a good sign. If it is arthritis can you or your vet not give him anti-inflammatories - our old lab was on them for years, and we also gave her glucosamine from the health food shop. Maybe it's just old age slowing him down. He's lovely.
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Post by fljustice » Mon October 31st, 2011, 3:12 pm

Seventeen is incredibly old for an outdoor cat. You've done a wonderful thing bringing him in. If he's eating, drinking and eliminating, I think you're doing the right thing just making him comfortable. I give glucosamine to my elderly cat and it does seem to help. Blessings to you and healing thoughts for Patch.
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Post by Misfit » Mon October 31st, 2011, 3:26 pm

It is so hard when they get old and start fading. The others are right, if and when he stops eating and using the box, then it's time for you-know-what. I've let them talk me into taking extreme measures to keep a pet going even when there's no quality of life left, and it has never been worth it in the end extended their life like that.
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Post by lauragill » Mon October 31st, 2011, 8:45 pm

The arthritis meds are helping, I think, because Patch is up and about. He and Molly got new matching collars today. Pink and blue. So cute.

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Post by lauragill » Wed November 16th, 2011, 11:19 pm

Patch's condition got worse, and he had to be euthanized this morning. I was with him the whole time; he went very peacefully.

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Post by Misfit » Thu November 17th, 2011, 12:14 am

[quote=""lauragill""]Patch's condition got worse, and he had to be euthanized this morning. I was with him the whole time; he went very peacefully.[/quote]

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It's never easy, but Patch is in a better place now and the pain is gone.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu November 17th, 2011, 10:17 am

So sorry to hear about Patch, glad you were with him and it was peaceful.
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Post by fljustice » Thu November 17th, 2011, 3:29 pm

So sorry to hear that, Laura, but you did a wonderful thing bringing him in and staying with him. Hugs.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu November 17th, 2011, 6:31 pm

So sorry to hear that Laura! I pray that Jasper dies a natural death in his sleep or such, it's so much harder when you have to put them down :(

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