I had to say good bye to my best friend on Tuesday. Even after nearly 7 years, I was not prepared to let him go. As I have been told by friends, family and the vet, I did this to put him out of his pain. Unfortunately, it doesn't take away the fact that he is gone.
I am really surprised that I am having such a problem writing this post. Yes I am very emotional and yes, it is still very fresh. However, I share my stories, my life and my recipes with you weekly. I never thought sharing my loss would be so hard to write or to explain. I am not married and I don't have kids, so Raider and Sookie are my "furry" kids. I guess I wasn't prepared for all of this. I don't know how to explain how awesome Raider was.
|Raider and SookieRaider had a very bad case of FORL. And although he had already gone through 2 different surgeries, where the vet had removed 5 teeth and then 6 teeth, the disease had taken its toll. I had looked into a third surgery, where all of his teeth would have been taken out. However, this surgery would have been to expensive and very painful. Also, Raider would have had to have a special diet, wet food and softened food.|
I didn't realize how sick Ray had been until we went to the vet on Tuesday. Raider was always a large cat, even as a kitten his paws were huge. At one time Raider had weighed 26 pounds, but he I knew he was having problems eating and keeping food down (near the end) and his weight on Tuesday was just 13 pounds. I had taken to giving Ray baths to keep him clean as he had stopped taking care of his hygiene.
Please have your vet check you cats for FORL. It is a terrible disease that will cause nothing but pain for your friends.
|RaiderI got Raider and his brother Carter when they were 5 or 6 weeks old. I adopted them in 2003 at a Petsmart adoption weekend. I saw this woman with 2 very small cats curled up like babies in the crook of her arm. I was hooked. Little did I know that these 2 little kittens were going to be my best friends. They were so small, I had to bottle feed them until they could eat kitten food. Carter and Raider were inseparable growing up. They walked together, hip to hip, shoulder to shoulder. It was so much fun to hang with these beautiful boys. Raider is Norwegian Forest Cat with some Siamese, so as a kitten, he had a small triangle head and huge ears, I called him baby bat ears! |
Carter now lives with a friend of the family. He needed to be an outdoor cat and my apartment was too small. So now Carter has lots of freedom and he now is able to go outside when ever he wants to!