You did the right thing & it really is a great gift you gave her to be with het 
at the end.

Anna Waltman <> wrote:

>Dear all,
>I lost my sweet Sylvia cat this afternoon. Despite our best efforts with
>daily subcutaneous fluids, appetite stimulants, Interferon, probiotics,
>vitamins, steroids, and multiple antibiotics, she was still fading fast and
>appeared to be in a significant amount of pain yesterday. So, with a heavy
>heart, I took her to the vet one last time this afternoon for a consult.
>The vet looked over her chart thoroughly, took a close look at her gums and
>listened to her breath, and said that at this point we'd done all we could
>do; the anemia was causing her to crash. We agreed, sadly, that it was time
>to let her go. This was definitely the hardest choice I've ever made; I'm
>only 25 and Sylvia was my first cat as an adult. We bonded immediately and
>it has been awful watching her decline over the last month. I'd never been
>present when an animal has been euthanized before, and I was extremely
>reluctant to see her go this way. I'd hoped she might pass quietly at home,
>but she just seemed so uncomfortable that letting her linger struck me as
>cruel and selfish. I think I made the right choice. She went peacefully,
>wrapped in a clean blanket in my arms, with no pain. While we waited for
>the vet, she sat in my lap and purred just like she did as a kitten at her
>first vet visit. It broke my heart to let her go, even though I know it was
>the kindest thing I could do.
>Sylvia was the best cat I've ever had: smart, sweet, devoted, impeccably
>well-mannered, pleasantly chatty, cuddly. Up until last month, she was fat,
>sassy, and apart from gingivitis, quite healthy, so I am confident she had
>a good life. I will miss her terribly. I already do. I'm glad I have my
>lively little clownish siamese mix, Beatrice (who, as far as I know, is
>FeLV negative and healthy as a horse) to keep me company. It'll just be the
>two of us for a little while, so we have time to mourn the loss of a truly
>great friend, old soul, and gentle spirit.
>I am so, so sad...but also thankful for four years with a wonderful cat.
>Some animals make you a better person. I think Sylvia has done that for me,
>and I will always remember her.
>Thanks to all of you who have given me advice and support over the last few
>years. I'm grateful to have had a group of more experienced cat owners to
>turn to with questions and concerns; you all have been a great source of
>comfort and information. Best of luck to you and yours in fighting this
>awful disease.
>Anna (and Beatrice)
>Anna Elisabeth Waltman
>PhD Candidate // Contemporary American Poetics
>Department of English and American Literature
>University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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