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RE: hum...now sad...

Oh, Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Pets certainly can become
members of the family.  We just recently lost our beloved Johnboy, the
big red dog.  Hurts like hell, and the house seems so empty.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:19 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] hum...now sad...

Hard to get motivated to do anything. One of my cats, Jason, died  
today. Thursday about 5AM, he woke us with terrific yowling from  
under our bed. Finally got him out from there and he was writhing on  
the floor alternately yowling and panting. Got him to the vets  
(thought, being a male that it might be a urinary tract thing, but  
the UA was essentially negative) and while there, we noticed that his  
head was turning to the side and his eyes were moving involuntarily  
back and fourth. The vet said he thought either toxin exposure or a  
neurological problem and kept him for IV fluids, antibiotics,  
corticosteroids, and tests. Liver studies were negative, but over the  
next two days he continued to exhibit neurologic symptoms which I  
would describe as "seizure-like". This afternoon, he was dead. Vet  
says that the most likely cause was either a tumor or some other  
central nervous system lesion.
I have been crying on and off ever since. DH is dealing with it in  
his own way, getting involve in "projects". Unfortunately, he is not  
up to giving me support. I feel so silly, as I have never reacted  
like this to a pet's death before. I guess it is because as an empty  
nester, Jason became a surrogate child. He was our only indoor- 
outdoor cat, and I have never known a cat to act so much like a dog.  
He wanted us to be out with him and whenever I would garden, Jason  
would come and lie down right where I was working! He would come when  
called, purring with tail held high and follow us around the yard. He  
was a friend to every one (except dogs) and was a pretty inept  
hunter... but. so proud of himself when he caught a vole, mouse, or  
(once) a snake.
Have to go tomorrow to the vet to decide on his disposition ...  
dreading it.  Sorry to be such a downer, but I had to vent. Thanks,
Cathy On Jun 25, 2005, at 11:16 PM, Donna wrote:

> Ok what gives... where are all the messages of the day? Everyone in
> the
> garden today?
> Donna
> Who didn't get outside all day... bummer, but with the heat here,
> it is
> probably a good thing!
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