I haven’t posted anything to this blog for quite a while, not since we lost Sophie a couple of years ago. This past month has been tough. Up until two years ago we had four cats, Sadie, Joey, Sophie, and Bobby. I’ve chronicled the loss of Sadie and Sophie in this blog, Sadie from a lymphoma a type of cancer and several month later we lost Sophie to kidney disease.
For the past to years we have enjoyed being with Joey and Bobby. Even though Joey is 17 years old and suffers from Kidney disease, the disease has been under control although the vet told us that thing were deteriorating, he seemed to be doing OK. Bobby the baby who we raised from an 8 day old kitten and was now 11 years old continued to be his mischievous self. Linda raised him and she was very close to him
We expected our time with Joey to be limited but at 17 we understood what was happening. Bobby we expected to be with us for years to come. Then came the shock. We had noticed that Bobby tended to wheeze when he slept but over the years we thought it normal until a couple of month ago we noticed that he was sneezing blood. We took him the vet who treated him with antibiotics for an infection. Several round of antibiotics did not seem to cure the infection and the vet recommended a CT scan.
We arranged for the scan with a specialist in West LA and the results confirmed a carcinoma in his sinus. While the specialist recommend possible radiation treatment we recognized after what we went through with Sadie and the research that I had done that it would not extend Bobby’s life very long and he would be miserable because of the treatment. We also realized the the cancer was very aggressive and he did not have much time.
We brought him home. He did not seem to realize anything was wrong but we recognized that his breathing was becoming more and more difficult and after awhile he had stopped eating. His sinuses started to swell and his breathing was rough. We didn’t want him to suffocate or starve or go into convulsions so we decided to say good bye. It’s been very tough around here the past couple of weeks.
We’re not quite sure how Joey is taking all of this. He stopped eating about the same time as Bobby but after we said good bye to Bobby on Monday, Joey’s was eating better than ever on Wednesday. He has been very clingy but he seems to be taking it all ok. We know his time is limited too but we will make the best of it.
We do this to ourselves because we know we will love them and we will out live them but we still keep on doing it. Pets are special. They are apart of the family and when we lose one we lose a family member.