Saturday, September 25, 2010
I hate it when pets drastically alter their habits, it's frequently not a good sign. About a month ago, Snowchief moved into the kitchen - more specifically into the dark cabinets under the sink. He made a comfy place for him on a little shelf next to a bag of unions. Patti moved the onions & moved out all the cleaning supplies, kept the area clean & I moved the litter box down to the kitchen. A kitchen is really not a good place for a litter box, but we didn't think Snowchief would be able to make it to where we normally kept it. So we brought it downstairs, and put it just a few feet from where he began spending most of his time. He didn't seek out the sun anymore.
He ate, drank, used the litter box, slept and got weaker and weaker. He vomited a lot. He was loosing weight, losing patches of hair and was developing scabs on his back. He was having trouble walking and one of his eyes did not look right, it looked cloudy. We think he was in pain, but who really knows. He seemed to be losing control of bodily functions. It was obvious he wasn't going to live much longer. We felt he was suffering & rather than let that continue we took him to the vet so it would end peacefully and painlessly. We're both very sad about it.
Snowchief was a cat of course, and much of what he did was instinct. He had no idea what was happening to him, he didn't know he was old or sick. He had no conception of death (even though he'd killed enough mice in his time), and probably not even life. Snowchief had been taken care of all his life, and had no idea that he was a lucky cat. He was an animal, and he lived in the present, and had no knowledge of any different possibilities.
I was working for Electronic Data Systems at the GM Plant in Baltimore when the account admin brought in some 8 week old kittens that had been born under her deck. That was the spring of 1992, the kitten that became Snowchief fit in he palm of my hand. He grew to be a bigger than average cat.
I hate it when pets get old and die. But if you have one long enough, that's what happens.