Saturday, December 6, 2008

And so the Stray Cat Dies...

When Martha and I were cleaning up Declann's anal sack abcess last night it became clear that things were not quite right and certainly more severe than the average anal sack rupture.

I had him at the vet when they opened this morning. Dr. Jon took a look and Martha had been right - his colon had ruptured and was leaking out in this was what was in the anal sack. This is something that can be fixed under most circumstances, but considering that he was already malnourished (one of the reason's his colon skin was so thin and tore), not eating on his own and having liver problems - the most humane thing to do was to put him down.

He went very quickly once he had the shot which made me feel like he was ready to go. A few years ago when it was time to put down my childhood pet Dervish after a year long battle with cancer it took several shots before her heart stopped beating.

It's very hard for me to believe that this would have happened to a cat with claws since everything seems to be related to his inability to catch and eat food after he was 'lost'.

Shame this had to happen to such a nice cat. He really deserved better.