Today, I decided to write a little something personal. The best thing about the net is that there are about many people out there who feel or experience the same thing as you do so why not share for others to know. And today, I have something to share.
Over the last two weeks, I have lost 2 cats. One was born in our home while the other was a cat who just came and ate at our place. We buy cat food so I guess that’s why cats enjoy hanging out at my place to fill up their stomachs. It’s good in many ways to feed an animal who has no source of food, but many regard this act as doing something bad to society. We won’t get into that now.
Back to my 2 cats who passed away. Last night before going to bed, I noticed my cat’s head was tangling from the cupboard it was sleeping on. Narmoin, as we called it, looked like it was deep in sleep. Upon closer inspection (and calling out its name to which it didn’t reply), we found out that the poor cat has passed away in its sleep. Shocked as it was alright prior to this time, it even ate well in the afternoon as it really loved cat tuna mixed with rice. Can’t believe that the soft-meowing cat is gone. Although we were sad, it was a nice change after having almost 5 cats passed away in the past due to illness. All were lives with real hearts that we took care of as good human beings.
The last two weeks were hectic for us. It was not anything major but when an animal is sick in the house there’s usually no reason to rejoice. This cat was one of the cats who used to hang out at our place when we first moved here. It gave birth and sort of left her kitties at our place while it goes in and out the house. Two weeks back, this same cat came to the house in bad state. So bad that it was hard for me to look at it. When I finally did after an hour, it was sitting there with its jaw opened. This one was no loving cat. It’s one of those cats that don’t enjoy and love people to pet them. So, we were wondering how we would get it to the vet. Finally, we took a cloth and cover it with that. That cat was heavy, so heavy that some people thought that it was pregnant when they saw it for the first time. We put it in a box then headed to the vet. There while waiting it meowed a little, which is considered a lot for this cat as it rarely meows. This cat was one of the most quiet cat ever though she’s very good at staring.
After she was examined and all, we were told that she had an accident that dislocated her jaw. There were two choices that were given by the vet:
- Get it to sleep forever.
- Repair the jaw, which will cost a lot.
Of course, who are we to end the life of a living thing if it can be saved? We went with option number 2. All done and fixed, we came to know that the cat’s brain was swollen. According to the vet, the cat won’t make it through the night and it will be better to just get it to sleep forever. We decided to wait it out since we got her jaws fixed. Clearly, this is something that was inappropriate from the vet not to mention, not professional. She should have checked the cat thoroughly before going ahead and fixing the poor cat’s jaw. We went to check on the cat to see for ourselves its state. Before this, we researched religious laws to know whether or not it is right to let off a cat, a sick cat. It is permissible providing the cat’s state is so bad that it will not be worth it to keep the cat alive – to make it suffer more.
Upon reaching the animal clinic, we went to check up on the cat. It was not a nice sight to see. The cat turned to see, but didn’t respond (its ears move) when we called out its name. The female cat was in a bad, bad state. We all came to a decision that to make it live like this with its mouth hanging through inside wires is definitely not worth it. So, that was its time – its time to let go of life. We didn’t stand to watch this happen, but I can tell you there was a syringe involved and a bottle of what appears to be a red coloured mixture of sorts.
Relief! I felt relieved! The moment the cat’s soul flew out of its body, I felt something cooling. Though it’s sad that its life had to end like this, we are glad it doesn’t have to suffer anymore. Having experienced this, we have learnt a lot of things with the death of these cats. Mind you, this is about the 5th death that I have witnessed. I have listed them below with their pictures, but first let me share with you what we (me and my family) have learnt through this ordeal of cat deaths.
- A good veterinarian is definitely needed, who truly and honestly care about the well-being of animals.
- Sick cats are totally dependable on you (pet owner). I’m saying this because a sick cat will fight and struggle when you have to feed it medicines. There’s no way that this process will go smoothly. The cats will kick, push and even bite. It’s your duty to keep trying and trying, but know your limits for sure.
- Treat them well as you never know when your cats might drop dead (literally)
- Again, have a good animal doctor – this is a must-need.
- Your family must share the love and appreciation for animals – that is if you live with your family
- Look after your cats, have them spayed and sterilized – make sure they are vaccinated – give them good food to eat not rotten food that you can’t eat
- Forgive their mistakes! Sure, cats can sometimes (especially if they are sick) poop and pee in the house or outside the house. It can be really annoying, but there’s no need to get
pissed offmad as it’s not the end of the world!
- Know that cats have hearts too, that beats and stop beating once they are dead. I, of all people, was holding my sick little cat when suddenly its heart stopped beating just beneath my hands when I was holding her. It was a Bump Bump Bump then complete Silence.
- Cats are pretty innocent animals so be kind and gentle when you are angry at them.
There are different types of cats – I know this for sure as not all of my …(numbers) cats are alike. There are (from what I know) Siamese, Persians, Domestic Short Hair and many more.
About People & Cats:
- We don’t really value the lives of others, be it animals or peoples, we seem to forget that one day they will be gone so we treat them as we please.
- Make the most of it so that you won’t regret one day when they are gone.
- Appreciate them for what they are, take out the good qualities and respect them for that.
- Both are from the same creator.
- Both pray to the same creator.
- Both breathe the same air.
- One cares if you have money, the other cares if you have a heart – a good heart.
- Both enjoy sleeping.
- Both have enemies.
- Both live life to be loved.
As stated above, here are the cats that I have lost over the years. We, as a family, provided the needed care for these cats when they became sick as we felt it was our duty as good human beings to do so. The rest lied in the veterinarian and lastly, God’s hands – but more so in the vet’s hands!
Died from poisoning. The first cat that got sick and died in our presence. Suffered for three days.
Death cause unknown as even the vet couldn’t put a finger on what went wrong. I would say negligence. Ivy died of negligence. This is one cat that I know for sure could have been saved, had the right person did whatever they could right!
It had fever then disappeared for two days. It came back home and died 4 hours later. We got her the medical care that we could, but it was too late.
I learnt something with this cat. Firstly, when cats are sick they have diarrhea and they will do it at a spot where you can see it; it’s like a warning and indication that they are not well. Secondly, when cats know that they are about to go (die), they will prefer to let that happen in a dark spot and this is what Tuk Tuk did. It went to the canal right in front of our house and was gone there. We saw its body about 5 days later; the head was eaten off. Not a sight you want to see, especially if you haven’t eaten.
Died in its sleep. This is the kind of death that every cat owner should be a witness of. It’s better than having our cat hit by a car or poisoned.
Accident that left her with a dislocated jaw. After fixing her jaw, there was no improvement so had to be put to sleep. She was the mother of Celia. She was also a term that we would use when cats younger than her die. Something like, “how come they died when Gros Matou is still alive!” She was old.
Despite losing all these cats, we received more. In what seems to be the cycle of life, every time we loose a cat another cat gives birth. And mind you, all of our cats are sterilized. I have no explanations for this, but somehow stray cats hang out here and give birth to their kittens. I don’t know whether these kittens are sent to mend our broken hearts, we sure as hell wouldn’t throw them away. To conclude, we accept the deaths of our loved ones and welcome the new generation!