Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Saying Goodbye

About a month ago, we noticed a lump on the side of Zoe's jaw. Thinking it was just an infection or blocked saliva gland or similar we ignored it for a couple of weeks hoping it would heal itself but then it grew so she was having trouble eating. Last weekend I took her to the local vet and was devastated to learn that it is cancer and she wouldn't have long to live. Even if we could have afforded surgery, because of her age and its location they wouldn't have been able to do anything for her. Since then we have been feeding her mushed mince and cat milk but she cant even get that down now because the tumor has grown under her jaw as well. So tomorrow is the day we say goodbye. I am absolutely heartbroken and this decision, deciding when to put an end to her life is one of the hardest I have ever had to make. Zoe has been my companion for 15 years. We got her as a little grey kitten in August 1993 when I was all of 8 years old so she has been by my side for 2/3 of my entire life.

So goodbye Zoe, goodbye my friend. May you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart.

4 comments:

Em said...

So sad to hear about your beautiful cat xxx

molly said...

ugh, am so sorry to hear you will have to put her to sleep. Losing our animals for many of us is like losing a fmaily member.

alysonhill said...

I'm so sorry Em. She has been so lucky to have a wonderful family in you for her whole loved life. Best wishes.

Em said...

Thankyou for your caring words. Zoe was very much a family member to me and is sorely missed. On the bright side however only the day after we had to say goodbye a new little man in need of a home came into our lives. It is hard to remain sad when there is a ginger ball of fluff bouncing around the house!