I know I haven't been around here much, but you've all been wonderful to me when I've stopped in.
My Edison has lived a long, mostly healthy life, and he's now 18 years old. I've had him since he was 5 months old, so I've had him for 17 1/2 years. When he was 13, he was diagnosed with elevated kidney and liver levels, and also has a hyper-thyroid condition. He's been on meds the past five years, and they worked up to a point, but not anymore. In the past few months, they're no longer stabalizing his conditions, and the thyroid condition is just wasting him away.
We had bloodwork done a couple of weeks ago, and it's showing that he's in kidney and liver failure. His back legs have been very wobbly the past couple of days, and the vet said that's a sign that his kidneys are going. So tomorrow at 11:30 AM, I'll be taking my sweet boy to be put out of his misery. He has plenty of kitty and doggy cousins in Heaven who are waiting for him, so he'll be loved and have plenty of company. My beloved brother, who we lost 10 years ago, always loved cats, and will be waiting for him as well. And my wonderful dad - who we just lost 2 1/2 weeks ago (so yeah, it's been a horrible month) - will be waiting for him too.
I'm sure I'll be looking for another kitty to give my love to in the future. But right now all I can think of is how I'm going to even walk back into that apartment, knowing that he's not just being boarded, or not just having his teeth cleaned for a few hours. I'm going to walk back into my home, knowing that the baby who gave me nothing but unconditional love for 17 1/2 years won't be there ever again. My heart is breaking into a million pieces as I type this.
Thank you all for listening, and say a little prayer that his journey is peaceful tomorrow morning.
Lisa and Edison