Thursday, August 6, 2009

Missing Our Sylvester

We put our cat, Sylvester, down yesterday. He had congenital heart failure.

Being a cat, Sylvester hid his pain and suffering for what was likely months, which makes me feel just dreadful. The poor guy’s lungs were filled with fluid so he felt like he was drowning.

At around 3 p.m. yesterday, we noticed Sylvester’s breathing was funny and by 6 p.m., he was no longer with us.

While I feel badly that we didn’t have a lot of time cuddling, I think he had a good last day. The night before he had steak for dinner and he spent part of the night cuddling under the covers with me, his chin tucked under mine, purring away. In the morning, my son and I scratched his ears and pet him for a while before our day began. He had a lick of peanut butter and a lick of Cheese Whiz for a snack after his breakfast of soft and hard food. Our son leaped over my legs to get at Sylvester, giving him a big sloppy kiss and a couple of pets, along with some yanking.

Unfortunately, I did sit on Sylvester in order to get his flea medication on, but he did get four treats and then spent some time outside before being brought in. We had some more petting time before he was forced into the car, his least favourite place, before being brought to the vet.

I really miss him today but feel most badly that our son will not grow up as planned with his furry brother, who was like a dog, child and cat to us.


Anonymous said...

Lisa I am so sorry to hear of Sylvester's passing. It is never easy to loose anyone we it human or "furry human"....
My thoughts are with you...
On a lighter note...I could share one of mine with you...haha
Luv ya neighbour

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

Lis, my deepest sympathies to you, J, A and E.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Lisa. I'm sure you'll all miss him greatly. E may not remember him, but you'll have plenty of pictures to show him. I'll miss seeing his name on the bday cards/xmas cards you send. Goodbye sweet kitty.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, you will never forget Sylvester but in time, who knows, you may just meet another kitty that needs a loving home - I never thought I would ever fine another cat after I lost my "Sweetie" but, guess who found me "Buttons". And, I love her soooooo much.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Lucky and Slyvester will meet...? They live on somewhere, that's what I have to believe. I love the part when you write about the purring under you sweet.
Thinking of you and speak soon.