So Long, Mr Rems

Ready for work

Sadly, I had to euthanize my lovely, snaggle-toothed, orange kitty Remy yesterday.

A few weeks ago he reverted to semi-feral behavior, cowering and running from me, and seemed to be having pain issues. I took him to the vet where a general exam didn’t show anything.

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In the last week, he didn’t seem to be having much pain, but he was scared and wasn’t moving around much, although was always up on a chair or the couch. He was still using the litter box, but he wasn’t eating or drinking much.

Yesterday morning I picked him up off a chair and put him on the floor to eat: he scrambled, loosing strength in his front legs, and fell over on his side; he tried to run away, but his legs wouldn’t work and he dragged himself along the floor.

Needless to say, I made appointment with the vet right away.

Black pants: the best bed

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For the half hour before we left for the vet, I sat on the couch with my two cats. I held Remy in my lap, petting, scritching and brushing him (brushing was his favorite): he purred and gave me nice, relaxed looks.

At the clinic, I was shown a room right away. After examining him thoroughly, the vet said it was most likely (99% most likely) a central nervous system issue, and that whatever was causing it had a bad prognosis. She gave me three options:

  • do nothing and watch my cat live a scared, confused life of degrading quality;
  • have Remy suffer through a multitude of tests costing (at least) hundreds of dollars, only to find out that there was nothing to be done; or
  • euthanize.

As heart-rending a decision it was, I made the right one.

Danger is the name of the game

For five years, I gave Remy a wonderful, and comfortable, post-feral life. He evolved from a terrified, wild thing hiding in the smallest of places to an affectionate and sweet house cat. He gave Kiki a companion, calming her neurotic tendencies, and gave me the joy of living with a floppy, undemanding cat.

So long, Mr Rems. Kiki and I will miss you greatly.

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