Thursday, July 1, 2010

Goodbye, sweet Isabelle

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We let our sweet Isabelle go, tonight. She was a lady right through to the end. After her diagnosis last October of cancer, we knew her time with us was measured in a much smaller time span than we hoped for. When we took her in to the vet in mid-May, we saw how spotted her lungs were, on the chest x-ray. Until last Friday, you couldn't tell that anything was wrong with her. Then, she started having difficulty breathing from time to time. By Monday, she wasn't trying to trip us up in her eagerness to get her food. Tuesday she started spending most of her time just curled up, panting, and for the first time ever, we let her sleep with us. She didn't get up to move, for more than 10 hours. Wednesday morning, we talked & my honey made the call to the vet. Tonight, we let her go. It was time, too. So many things faded in a matter of less than a week.

She ceased her non-stop yammering for food when it gets remotely dark or she's remotely hungry.

She didn't race to the kitchen when a can of tuna was opened...heck, she didn't even make an appearance.

When laying near me, she didn't try to inch onto my lap or stick her head under my hand for head rubbings.

She let us touch her tail without squawking (she really hates having her tail touched).

She didn't run to the door anymore when we came home.

In short, she just stopped being Isabelle, and we knew it was time.

Today, for the 2nd time in the 7 years we've had her, she actually growled. That was in response to me trying to be playful & rub her belly.

So, even though her body was still laboring away, the sparkle that was our loveable Isabelle was gone. We could see it, easily, knowing her personality, but she was a classy dame right to the end. When we got to the vet's, their staff couldn't tell we were there to put her to sleep, because she was being her usual docile & relaxed self.

They gave us all the time we needed, and we said our goodbyes. I lingered a while, after she passed away, stroking her fur & whispering into her ear: "You were the fluffy lap cat I always wanted. I will always love you." And then, I flipped her ear inside out, the way I always did to play with her. Goodbye, my precious thing. I miss you.

12 comments:

Mel said...

Oh how difficult--but how loving.

((((((( Latharia )))))))))

What a gift to have been so loved.

Diane said...

Oh sweetie, I know how hard this was for you, and I'm very sorry. (((((HUGS)))))

theelfqueen said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. She was beautiful.

青卉青卉 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

Jill Oriente said...

I know I said something on facebook, but this has been the first time I have had a chance to catch up on all my blogs. Being a cat person myself, you have me in tears... {{{{hugs}}} again. I know how hard it is.

Susan Stringfellow said...

I am just so sorry. I only just saw this. Its just heartbreaking, but luckily she hasn't been miserable. This is such a beautiful photo of her. What a sweet girl. I have to go wipe my tears off on my kitties now.

Chiara said...

oh I am so so sorry for your loss. {{{{HUGS}}}}

吳婷婷 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

宜欣宜欣 said...

海鷗要高飛,必先遠退。花蜜要香醇,必先久釀。............................................................

恩如 said...

心平氣和~祝你也快樂~~..................................................................

scrapperjen said...

Awww - HUGS!!!!! I'm sorry to hear that! I'm sure she's watching from kitty heaven.

Anne said...

Soooo sorry for your loss. Isabelle was truly beautiful. And this is a stunning, loving tribute to her. Thinking of you. {{{{Hugs!}}}}