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Sorry to hear about Clio's condition. I've never read a better feline blogger. Hope all goes well.

Thinking about your kitteh Jennifer, and hope she pulls through :\

I wish the best for you and Clio. When Gumby's time comes I'm gonna cry for a week, probably.

I hope Clio pulls through. We lost our first kitty 3 years ago to liver failure and after giving her every other day IV infusions for almost a year. The good news is that the IV infusions really did help her quality of life. She was active and hungry for a couple of days after each treatment. Once the liver failure started thought, it was just a matter of weeks. Taking her to the vet to be euthanized was the hardest thing we've ever done. It was the right thing for her, though. We actually probably waited a couple of days too long, but I was out of town and she somehow held on until I got home. My wife is convinced she was waiting for me to get back.

I'm really sorry to hear this. I wish the best for your kitty.

Jennifer; my heart goes out to you, the Spousal Unit, and Clio. Not all that long ago, my now ex-Spousal Unit and I had to put our cat Slick to sleep.

It wasn't easy. But in reading through the comments here, there are people here who care about you. Draw on us if you need to.

Best of luck.

Thanks to everyone for the supportive comments. We're still playing the waiting game; the vet wanted to keep Clio overnight to see if one more round of IV fluids revives her. But her condition is pretty critical, and we're not overly optimistic -- although hope springs eternal. It's always a tough call between doing too much and too little, and keeping a beloved pet's suffering to a minimum. But if another 12 hours gives her a fighting chance, it's worth the extra anxiety of not knowing. I'll keep you all posted. And thanks again. It is, indeed, a painful thing, especially when it's drawn out like this.

All my best wishes for all of you.

Oh no ... this is horrid. I know what this is like as we've been through it too. Just hearing about Cleo makes me feel sick in the stomach; And I know how much worse it is for you, Here's hoping everything works out OK. All available fingers crossed. Love to you all! xxx

Jennifer - let me add my best wishes.

My 15.5 yr old 'domestic shorthair' fuzz-child Chevy sends his warmest purrs to the whole family.

I've been in this spot time and again with cherished dogs and cats. What you're doing is the best you can. Quality of life is the true measure, above all.

Oh no. How disappointing. (I read your update.)

An excellent kitty amongst kitties: affectionate, devious, determined, with a delicate purr and a taste for revenge. I'll miss her too. I'm so sorry, Jen. Wish I could have been there for you. I'm glad Sean was.

I'm sorry, Jennifer. It's so hard to lose a pet.


I am so very sorry to learn this. ::TIGHT HUG if you want it:: Losing a family member is never easy. I am so very sorry. I know the loss you're going through. If it's any consolation, so do more than a few of the people reading your blog.

Draw upon us if you need/want to. I think it safe to say that we all love you.

Jennifer, if you would not be offended. ::A very tight hug:: I hope it helps.

You have people that like you and love you. Perchance we MIGHT be able to help.

Thanks everyone. We're holding up okay, and it was good she didn't linger. Plus, we donated all her food and stuff to the local shelter, so she gets to give something back even in her passing....

Oh dear; so sad ... lots of hugs from here. I know how hard this is; we've been there; even just typing this brings tears. It is little consolation but remember that you and the vet did the very best you could for Cleo. Remember the good times, and that you gave her 14-odd years she wouldn't otherwise have had. Now you must grieve, as you would for any other member of the family. And when you're ready there'll be another orphan pussy to be cherished. Lots of love & hugs. Keith xx

You certainly have my condolences too. I wish she were still here so I could ask her if there has been any research on the symbolic meanings of the foot shaking. The front foot shake, usually seen at the door on the way out, literally (?) means water/snow/mud/cold will be on my paws if I go out there. But they have expanded the meaning to cover virtually any inclement weather, I've seen them shake the front foot when it was merely very windy, nothing sticking to the foot there. Similarly, the hind foot shake means "ew, I've got poop on my foot!" However, we've all seen it used when approaching canned cat food, and it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that it means "this smells like (foot shake)." The more interesting use is when it is directed at a human, like when you have offended them in some way, or another human that they don't like is being a (foot shake). That's a pretty high level of abstraction, except when directed at certain people. She seems to have been a very smart cat, maybe she shared some further insights into this foot shake thing with you? Again, my sincere sympathies to you and the rest of her family, rb

My condolences.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

My deepest condolences. As someone with four cats myself, I can well understand what a loss a departed feline is.

I'll bet you've already seen it, but google The Rainbow Bridge. It helps a little!

My Rusty Kitty went into renal failure last February from eating the tainted pet food. My entire family was distraught; he was our first pet! I came home from college a night before a huge exam to say good bye. But, he pulled through! I never knew how much a pet really becomes a part of your family. I'm sorry your Clio is gone.

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's always difficult to lose a beloved kitty-friend. May she enjoy much mouse-chasing in the Great Hunting Ground beyond!

I forwarded this to a few cat-loving friends. A wonderful set of posts, on a sad occasion.

Here is another wonderful bit of cat science -- hot kitten prints on the kitchen floor.

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