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August 11, 2011

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Sara

Poor Mr. Jones. It's so hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet. I suspect that you will know soon enough. You and Mr. Jones are in my thoughts...

Elena

I'm very sad to hear this. What a trooper Mr. Jones is! I'm sure you will know when it's time. :(

Erin

I'm so terribly sorry to hear about your lovely cat! I'm thinking of you. I'm certain Mr. Jones knows how much you love him and even though it will be extremely difficult he will show you when the time is right.

Jeananne

Karen,
Your post was probably as difficult to write as it was to read and it saddens me to know that you and your family must experience such a difficult farewell all too soon.
My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

peter

what a bummer karen. our cat is now 19 and he seems ok so far (despite a little wobbliness), but...

peter

i'm sorry you have such a yucky decision to make

Rachel K

That is soooo sad. How are your kids dealing with this situation?

steve

Ugh. My guess (hope) is that Mr. Jones will let you know when it's time, either by not eating at all or, perhaps, a helpful note left on the fridge. "Please kill me."

Bridget

Having just gone through this with my dog (also kidney failure) I know how awful it is.

In the past, I usually tell my animals that it's ok if they need to leave, just let me know.

Usually, the spark leaves their eyes and I know it's time. For dogs, it's when the ears stop pricking up at any sound when they're awake. Cats are harder, but it's usually when they don't show any pleasure in petting and/or don't really purr anymore.

Either way, one one of my forums I follow, the general thought is "I'd rather do it a day too soon than a day too late." From personal experience, the day too late is the one to definitely avoid.

Tonya Watkins

I'm so sorry to hear this! I love my cat so much and utterly dread the day that we'll have to face this -- as we all eventually do. My heart goes out to all of you.

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