Monday, June 29, 2009

Farwell to Wilma

This was a sad day.  My beloved gray cat  -- Wilma -- who has been my companion and pet for 14 years died today from lung cancer.

   WilmaWilma and Betty are sisters and have been close since I got them as kittens.  It was hard to watch my big lovable kitty drop from 13 lbs to 8 lbs over the past month, and see your lustrous gray coat look shabby.  When she quit eating a few days ago and noticed her breathing was becoming more labored I knew something was very wrong.

03260007I took her to the vet today, and after seeing her x-ray showing massive lung cancer I made the decision to have her put to sleep.  I held her and petted her till the end and kissed her good-bye.  Betty is still around and in good health, but is sitting on my feet while I write this.  I think she knows her sister is gone, and misses her already.

Thanks for sharing this sad moment with me as I mourn the passing of my little furry friend.


  1. I'm sorry for your loss. Our animals become just as much a part of our family as our kids at least she doesn't have to suffer any longer.

  2. I also am sorry for your loss. And I know it is especially hard when you have to make the decision. You are in my thoughts.

  3. I too am sorry for your loss.
    I know how hard it is to make that last decision of love for our fur friends. It is a great act of love, even though it breaks your heart.
    What a wonderful companion she must have been for 14 years!

  4. Loss is awful, no matter when or how. Our kitty is aging rapidly and I know that same decision is much closer than it used to be (how I dread that day). Hugs to you and Betty as you make this transition...

  5. I am reading this exactly one year to the day after you lost Wilma. My beloved boy, Dweezil, who is 16, has fluid on one side of his chest and they don't know if he has cancer or not. I have spent days sobbing as he is my best friend/soulmate. I have said a prayer for Wilma and Betty and yourself. Many blessings.


  6. our pets are such a huge part of our lives, without them many of us would be so alone. I understand your grief as I've had to do the same as you, more than once, it's not easy and we do grieve as much for a pet loss as we do for another loved one loss.


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