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    I was with my Lila cat last month when she had to be put to sleep. It has been an awfull year and this became the catalyst for a massive amount of grief for me. I know there are loads of folk here who have "pets" but I think they have us. I know I am not alone, my Lila was a major pal, Cash, her brother was too cool for school but now more tactile. Thread for happy pets


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    Sorry to hear that. My lab is away to be 9 and he should be with us for years yet but I know the whole family is going to be in bits when that day comes.


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    We had to put our 3yo cat to sleep a few months ago after he became ill. Still gutted hes no longer around and our other cat is still a bit lost without him.

    Ive actually struggled with this more than when I lost my Mum last year.

    Weve got another kitten coming in a couple of weeks though!

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    We had to put our 3yo cat to sleep a few months ago after he became ill. Still gutted hes no longer around and our other cat is still a bit lost without him.

    Ive actually struggled with this more than when I lost my Mum last year.

    Weve got another kitten coming in a couple of weeks though!
    It's crass and I apologise, but seriously?

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    It's crass and I apologise, but seriously?
    Yep.

    My mum was ill for a long time so I reckon I just prepared myself better for it happening I agree its certainly the wrong way round but losing my mum was a relief for her and us at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patch1875 View Post
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    Yep.

    My mum was ill for a long time so I reckon I just prepared myself better for it happening I agree its certainly the wrong way round but losing my mum was a relief for her and us at the end.
    I can relate to that, my cat got put down when I was in my early 20s, I'd had her since I was a wee boy and I couldn't really remember life without her, fast forward 15 years and I've lost 3 grandparents in the space of 4 years and I can safely say I've taken that that better than the cat, could be an age thing or that I had prepared myself for it, with the cat I was genuinely gutted and heartbroken and with the oldies it was more relief

    On the plus side I now have a deranged ****ing radge of a cat and there is never a dull moment with him around, it's mental how important they become

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    I'd love a pet, a dog preferably, although I love cats too, but I like to travel too much and it wouldn't be fair to leave them in kennels several times a year.
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    My cat died suddenly a few yeara back. He had been hanging around our back garden for a couple of weeks and was obviously hungry. I gave him a few bites to eat and then one night in pouring rain and high winds I let him into the house. He jumped up on my knee, curled up and decided he was staying. I was the only person he would let pick him up as he still had a bit of stray instinct about him. We done all the right things, got him chhecked for a chip, put up found cat signs but no takers and I think he had decided he was staying with us anyway.

    About a year later he just fell over and died in the morning. The vet had estimated he was about 4 so not old. It turned out he had an undiagnosed heart condition. I was in a total state for days afterwards and cried my eyes out. I felt guilty that I'd let it happen, I felt bad I hadn't taken him in sooner, I felt bad he had just got to know a good home and happiness and that was it. It was truly horrible.

    I swore I was never getting another pet as it wasn't the 1st time I'd been through it. Then a couple of years ago we rehomed another cat and he's going strong. Ruling the roost at home and lapping up the attention in that offhand way only cats can. Hard as it is to let them go a pet really does make a home.
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    We had a resue Yorkshire terrier a few years back, an absolute gem of a pet, helped me through illness, just by being himself, a unique character. We had a good 5 or 6 years of him giving us love and us likewise to him. He sadly took ill and passed away quietly in his bed one night, I couldnt face him being taken away and cremated so I took the decision to bury the wee man in the back garden, yeah I know there are laws/rules etc but I simply couldnt let the wee man go.

    We left him in his bed overnight before, my Wife wrapped him up in his favourite blanket as I, bubbling away, dug his wee grave in the back garden beside his favourite clothes pole where he cocked his leg and ritually done his morning pee. My Wife laid him to rest with his favourite cuddly toy, a toy that was a symbol to both him and I, as whenever I was ill this is the toy he would bring to me, his other toys had no great significance.

    We now have resued a Cocker spaniel from the borders, he was ill treated, the issue we had was work and holidays but in weighing things up we felt that the dog must come first. We have a great family network and a lovely dog sitter who allow us to work, we have also agreed to reduce the amount of trips abroad for next year but also to factor in holidays that include our dog. The important thing is giving our new dog the love, care and attention that he so craved but sadly never got in his short five years at his previous home, heres hoping for many great years ahead with him.

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    Yep.

    My mum was ill for a long time so I reckon I just prepared myself better for it happening I agree its certainly the wrong way round but losing my mum was a relief for her and us at the end.
    Fair do's mate, sorry for your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    I'd love a pet, a dog preferably, although I love cats too, but I like to travel too much and it wouldn't be fair to leave them in kennels several times a year.
    Its a sensible outlook if you travel quite a bit but there are companies that will come to your home while youre away to feed, and as importantly, play/give attention to your cat.

    My Mum usually feeds our cat/takes him to hers when we are away but when I got married we used a cat sitter recommended to us and all went well without the stress of travel for the cat.

    Id echoe what others have said about a pet very much being a part of the family. Cant imagine life without our cat.

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    Tin hat on here but, I just don't get the attraction of pets at all. Sorry! Maybe a post for the pet peeves thread! 😁
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    I've had the sad duty of taking a cat to be put to sleep 3 times, once on Christmas eve and it never ever gets any easier.

    The last time was our cat Max who my partner had had since he was a kitten, by this time he was 18. My partner always maintained that Max was really her ex partners cat because the two of them were really close and Max always chose his knee to sit on. When the fateful day came my partner had to work and it was left to me to take Max to the vet ( only fair considering that she had taken Max's brother to be put down a year earlier ) . I was already in bits on the way, but incredibly in a 1000/1 shot as I walked in the door who did I meet coming out but the ex partner ( a lovely guy by the way ) who it seems fate had decided would get the chance to say cheerio to his pal. Needless to say watching this big tough man say his goodbyes to Max pushed me right over the edge and my already wavering stiff upper lip dissolved into mush.

    We swore we would never have another cat again and the current incumbent who turned up one day about two years ago and refused to leave, and who is busy cleaning himself next to me as I type has been left in no doubt that he isn't our cat and that eventually he's going to have to ante up for the enormous food bill he now owes

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUTCHYHIBBY View Post
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    Tin hat on here but, I just don't get the attraction of pets at all. Sorry! Maybe a post for the pet peeves thread!
    I inherited a dog with my current partner and 7 years later while I like the wee man (border terrier) And hes a brilliant natured thing I can categorically state that if he passed tomorrow I wouldnt shed a tear.

    The Mrs would be gutted for months no doubt but I find the tedium of his regular walks and feeds etc much more onerous than any love he gives back.

    As I said hes a cracking dog but pets are clearly just not my thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patch1875 View Post
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    We had to put our 3yo cat to sleep a few months ago after he became ill. Still gutted hes no longer around and our other cat is still a bit lost without him.

    Ive actually struggled with this more than when I lost my Mum last year.

    Weve got another kitten coming in a couple of weeks though!
    I guess you have to have been a pet owner to get this, but I do absolutely.

    The thing is that no matter how much you know that what you are doing is the right thing and is nothing less than what a responsible pet owner must do if they really love their animal, the truth is that you feel nothing less than a bloody traitor when the fateful day arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeSloan View Post
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    I inherited a dog with my current partner and 7 years later while I like the wee man (border terrier) And hes a brilliant natured thing I can categorically state that if he passed tomorrow I wouldnt shed a tear.

    The Mrs would be gutted for months no doubt but I find the tedium of his regular walks and feeds etc much more onerous than any love he gives back.

    As I said hes a cracking dog but pets are clearly just not my thing!
    Ha ha, sounds like me mate. My 2nd wife was a real doggy person and about 5 minutes after we were married I was the proud co owner of two rescue dogs. One a Border collie who was a brilliant dog and almost converted me from being a cat person and a puppy who grew up to be mental in a lovable sort of way guess who was left holding the bag when it was time for walkies in the snow or pissing rain

    When we separated she took the collie but couldn't take the other dog and unfortunately neither could I, but as luck would have it ( or so I thought ) the guy next door who for some reason the dog seemed to love agreed to take her ( the dog, not the wife ) . imagine my anger, not to mention a real feeling of guilt, when a year later I got a phone call from the stupid prat to say he had set his house on fire and the poor wee dog had suffocated in the smoke. Obviously it wasn't deliberate, but even so if we had been in the same room I would have punched him right in his stupid face.

    Anyway, I digress . don't feel bad mate, some folk just aren't pet people and better to realise that. I've known folk who profess to love animals who shouldn't be allowed to keep a Goldfish, never mind a dog or a cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUTCHYHIBBY View Post
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    Tin hat on here but, I just don't get the attraction of pets at all. Sorry! Maybe a post for the pet peeves thread! 😁
    What kind of monster are you! 😀

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    What kind of monster are you! 😀
    Cannae get my head round picking up whatever they empty from their bodies! 😁

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    I inherited Abbey five years ago when my mother passed away. I was reluctant to take her at first as I live on a main road and although she's a house cat there was always the fear that she might get out. I don't know exactly how old she is, but she must be fair age as she was an adult when Mum got her and she had her for a few years. She's a lovely friendly wee cat and I soon got very attached to her.

    Anyway, things were going fine until a few weeks ago when I noticed she wasn't eating very well and moving her jaw in a strange way. I took her to the vet the week before last and the vet found that she had a lump in her mouth.That meant she had to have a general anaesthetic to have it removed. The worry was that because of her age her kidneys might not take the strain and on top of that, she's a Short-Haired Persian and the flat nose could cause breathing difficulties. They took a blood sample to test her kidneys but I spent a miserable weekend fully expecting to hear the worst when the results came through. As it turned out the results were fine and the vet was happy that the breathing wouldn't cause too much of a problem. Abbey had the op on Thursday and she's back home now and doing well. It turned out that she also had a split tooth on the other side of her mouth so the poor wee thing was getting pain from both sides when she tried to eat. We're not out of the woods yet as the lump might be cancerous (awaiting results of that test) but it's such a relief to have her back and eating normally even if it might not be for too long.

    The whole thing's costing me a fair whack, but I don't begrudge a penny. It's a good idea to insure your pet though in case something like this happens to him/her.

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    I was never bothered with cats before I moved into my partner's house years ago.

    She had a rescued tabby who would run under her bed hiding from me, but showing the end of his tail.
    He was dumped at the bypass we reckon and ours was the first house he came to. He didn't like mens' shoes in particular. I wonder why.
    Anyway after a few months he ended up sitting at my feet looking up at me as a dog would.

    He and the other cat died within two months of each other, they were so close. Both are buried next to each other in the garden.

    Then our neighbour moved to a flat with no garden so we took in his cat.
    Inevitably he passed away so he is now in the garden too.

    If you have reached this far you are probably a cat person too.

    They are not substitute children but are very relaxing to have around.

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    Ha ha, here's a different, but daft, take on it from a cat's point of view.

    The photo is perfect for the story too.

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    I split with my wife last December. Wed had a dog for 7 years, since she was a 4 week old puppy. Ive not seen Cabbage since July. My ex is a vet, and in a better position to look after her. Ridiculous how much I miss her though. He dog. Not the wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easty View Post
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    I split with my wife last December. Wed had a dog for 7 years, since she was a 4 week old puppy. Ive not seen Cabbage since July. My ex is a vet, and in a better position to look after her. Ridiculous how much I miss her though. He dog. Not the wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patch1875 View Post
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    We had to put our 3yo cat to sleep a few months ago after he became ill. Still gutted hes no longer around and our other cat is still a bit lost without him.

    Ive actually struggled with this more than when I lost my Mum last year.

    Weve got another kitten coming in a couple of weeks though!
    I get this, without going into details this year has been awful. I never really cried until I held Lila as she went to sleep then it all came out. I think the vet was shocked but didn't know it was a years worth of tears. She always knew when i needed company and I had to leave hospital to be there for her but there is no way she was going alone.

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    I get this, without going into details this year has been awful. I never really cried until I held Lila as she went to sleep then it all came out. I think the vet was shocked but didn't know it was a years worth of tears. She always knew when i needed company and I had to leave hospital to be there for her but there is no way she was going alone.
    I have a funny feeling that Vets probably see folk in tears every day of the week mate and accept it as part of the job.

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    We got a cat in August. She was 8 weeks. she's ginger and white. I've always been 'a dog person' and never had much time for cats but my other half loves them so I agreed. I love having the cat around. much to my other half's annoyance the cat has taken to me more and comes looking for me.

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    I have a funny feeling that Vets probably see folk in tears every day of the week mate and accept it as part of the job.
    Aye, usually when they're handed the bill...

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    I inherited Abbey five years ago when my mother passed away. I was reluctant to take her at first as I live on a main road and although she's a house cat there was always the fear that she might get out. I don't know exactly how old she is, but she must be fair age as she was an adult when Mum got her and she had her for a few years. She's a lovely friendly wee cat and I soon got very attached to her.

    Anyway, things were going fine until a few weeks ago when I noticed she wasn't eating very well and moving her jaw in a strange way. I took her to the vet the week before last and the vet found that she had a lump in her mouth.That meant she had to have a general anaesthetic to have it removed. The worry was that because of her age her kidneys might not take the strain and on top of that, she's a Short-Haired Persian and the flat nose could cause breathing difficulties. They took a blood sample to test her kidneys but I spent a miserable weekend fully expecting to hear the worst when the results came through. As it turned out the results were fine and the vet was happy that the breathing wouldn't cause too much of a problem. Abbey had the op on Thursday and she's back home now and doing well. It turned out that she also had a split tooth on the other side of her mouth so the poor wee thing was getting pain from both sides when she tried to eat. We're not out of the woods yet as the lump might be cancerous (awaiting results of that test) but it's such a relief to have her back and eating normally even if it might not be for too long.

    The whole thing's costing me a fair whack, but I don't begrudge a penny. It's a good idea to insure your pet though in case something like this happens to him/her.
    Got a call from the vet yesterday - the lump wasn't cancerous. A huge weight off my mind.

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    Got a call from the vet yesterday - the lump wasn't cancerous. A huge weight off my mind.
    Relief all round.

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