Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Goodbye to My Sweet, Sweet Heidi....

Yesterday was a really sad day for us. Sunday we started to notice that our Heidi was having trouble breathing. At first, we thought it was a hairball. However, though out the day, we started to notice her personality change a bit. She didn't want to hang out with  us, she didn't want to go outside, she would just lay in the middle of the living room floor. We finally decided that we'd take her to the vet on Monday morning. 

Monday I dropped her off, hoping it was either a really bad hairball or maybe she had eaten a frog or something. Something easy to fix. However, the doctor called and said there were a few possibilities: heart worms (which is more common in cats than most people think and is so not the same thing as heart worms in dogs, and is not usually treatable in cats), asthma (again, very common, very treatable), or pesticide poison (sometimes treatable, very expensive and a lot of surgeries). Naturally, I was hoping it was asthma. They decided to give her an IV, steroid shot, a diuretic, put her in an oxygen cage and a shot to help stabilize her lungs. She was basically in respiratory distress. They were trying to get her calm enough to get an X-Ray. 

Finally, they were able to get an X-Ray and they realized that her lungs were COMPLETELY full of fluid. They are pretty certain that it was caused by heart worms. The only thing we could do is drive her to Dallas to see a specialist and have a $2100 surgery that the doctor said 99% chance she wouldn't survive anyway. I spoke with my husband, and after much coercing by the vet, we decided the most humane thing do is to put her down. She was severely suffering.

So, immediately, I left work and headed over. The vet didn't think she'd make the day and wanted us to come down there as soon as possible. I really felt awful and guilty about our decision. The vet said she'd keep her alive until I could get there to sign the papers and say goodbye. When I saw her, I knew I didn't have another choice but to put her down. I called the doctor in and they took Heidi back to put the IV back in and she passed. They didn't even put her down. 

It's really sad because she had a really horrible death. We adopted Heidi back in February from an organization called H.O.P.E. She really was the best cat. She was so sweet and affectionate. Apparently heart worms are very different in cats than they are in dogs. It takes anywhere from 6 months to a year for heart worms to mature in a cat. The disease is very acute in cats and basically you find out one morning they are sick, and they next evening they usually pass. It's really painful for them. Their lungs fill with fluids and they get something similar to pneumonia and drown.

As sad as I am to see her go, I am glad that she didn't have to suffer any longer than necessary. So, we are now down to a family of six, me, the hubs, the pup, and three fish. 

 

XOXO,


12 comments:

d.a.r. said...

I am so very sorry for your loss!!

Lindsey said...

Awww I am so sorry to hear this!

Jennifer said...

I don't even like cats but your post made me sad. Sorry for you loss!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Aww how sad! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Casey said...

I;m so sorry! I started tearing up as I read the story. The worst thing about pets is knowing that you will lose them one day. It's so hard!

I lost Pumpkin AND Midnight my first semester of college. I lost Pumpkin the week Daniel broke up with me.

They are all in kitty heaven!

Jay, Holly, Sam and Lily Walsh said...

Awww! I am so sorry girly!! Heidi is not suffering any longer....

Princess Freckles said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your kitty! That's rough.

Lindsay said...

Oh so sad! I'm so sorry! Losing a member of the family is so hard.

Stacey said...

I'm so sorry for your loss... :( I came across your blog from Casey's blog, and had to see what the blog was about because of your sad headline. I know how sad it is to lose a four footed baby. :*(

Jennifer said...

P.S. You've been tagged!

jlc said...

I'm so sorry!! I couldn't imagine how it'd feel to lose a pet. They're a part of the family. :(

Crosswhite Photography said...

My kitty is like my child to me so I'm pretty much in tears right now. I'm so sorry you lost your baby!



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