I am reading these posts just 1 week and 2 days after having to put down my best friend and love of my life, Raji aka Papa.He was 14 and a half y.o. CRF took him before I realized what was going on. He was a compulsive groomer and vomited hairballs over the years so, I misread the signs of CRF. We had also lost my sister's cat whom he shared a special bond, back in early July of this year and Papa became despondent and seemed to lack his usual joy in his daily routine. My sister's loss of employment in Sept and the hectic months that followed took my eye further from the signs of his decline. I am suffering from the most extreme guilt about missing his symptoms, but he became very constipated and was dry heaving and could not be consoled on the day of Nov 3rd. We took him to the vet and they induced an enema and took a blood test that was stage 4 RF. He was on meds for a severe heart arrhythmia and had dental issues that could not be addressed due to his heart condition. The vet said Sub Q fluid could cause heart failure and I was left with little choice but to put my Papa down. I went there and held him as they sedated him in preparation for euthanasia. It was peaceful but very painful for me. I do believe I made the right choice and have felt his feet on me in the am as I had for many years, several days after his departure. It may seem crazy, but a stranger here in BC Canada snapped a photo on November 4th of a bizarre cloud rising from our local waters where Papa and I would park in the van and watch his birdy friends, the seagulls. We had done this days before his death. It looks so much like Papa and it faces my house and our favourite jaunt, I can't help but to believe it was him trying to comfort me. I think most of us can benefit from paying attention after their cat has passed on and find some sign as they are very sacred animals. Just research the Egyptians and their cats for proof. Anyway here is the picture that was posted by a indigenous local by the name of Wolf Nov 4th.
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