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Making It Through The Death Of A Household Pet

By Valerie Anna

Yesterday evening I had to suffer through one of the most difficult circumstances pet owners will ever deal with. It’s never simple saying goodbye to a loved cat, however it brought a lot of things into perspective for me and my family.

What looked like a regular Friday evening would develop into a heartbreaking shock to my family. My cat, who was known as Grip, was sick in the evening. Inside of three hours, we were rushing him to the animal emergency room. He had gone downhill so rapidly that I thought the car travel, that he never enjoyed, would lead to his death. He made it through the trip to the pet hospital and they rushed him in and administered an IV and placed him on oxygen to help him breathe. Within minutes, my cat was on a device to help him breathe. The Veterinarian, that was talking over the critical circumstance with me, was called out of the conference area because my cat had become far worse. Within minutes I had a Veterinarian telling me there was no hope.

My whole world had come to a stop about 1:00 AM. Here I was at the animal emergency room, with my spouse and two young kids, and was obligated to make the most challenging choice countless cat owners hate. Seeing my cat in the serious condition he was in made a decision very easy for me to make, and I did approve euthanasia. My family had a few minutes to say their remaining goodbyes, but not prior to a continuous flow of tears. For Grip was practically sixteen years old and was a part of the family well before I got married and the birth of our two children.

Now it’s one day after my cat’s passing. After i awoke in the morning, I was not welcomed by a hungry cat that would await his morning breakfast. Instead, I got up to such a unbearable sense of loss that I broke down and started crying. While time will help to heal these wounds, Grip’s memories will forever carry on. And the fulfillment he provided to our family shall forever be remembered.

Looking back on yesterday evening, I have come to the conclusion that no pet owner can be made ready to say goodbye. The added problem of explaining the passing of a cat to small children also can make it much harder to deal with the death. As a parent, I could not help but feel even more anguish for the pain my son and daughter were enduring.

As individuals, we must recognize there is never a method to truly prepare for the loss of a cat. The nearest we could come to preparing for the moment is to have shown our pets the same love they have offered to us through their entire lives. If nothing else, this drastically reduces any regrets and permits us to rest in understanding that we loved our pet as much as they loved us.

This author adores cats and kittens and is grieving from the passing of her own pet. She operates an online retail store where pet owners may purchase cat products and other supplies.

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Anna, Valerie "Making It Through The Death Of A Household Pet." Making It Through The Death Of A Household Pet. 21 Aug. 2010. 10 Jul 2014 <>.

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