R.I.P Purdey

R.I.P Purdey

I wanted to make a tribute to my beautiful girl cat, Purdey, who I had had for 16 yrs.  She was 19yrs old when she passed away & it is only now I feel I am able to write this post.

We returned from holiday Saturday just gone but had received a call the day before saying she had made a turn for the worse.  Though she had thyroid issue as well as kidney issues, she was still jumping baby gates, going in to the garden and enjoying herself, so it was a shock that there was such a sudden turn.

When I got home I didn’t know what to expect, but knew we were booked to turn tail and go straight to the vets with her.  She had been the day before with the pet sitters, had bloods, urine tests etc plus re-hydrating as she wasn’t eating and not walking at all well.  It was a huge shock to see her, she was so thin, she couldn’t walk at all, even keeping her head up was hard, her eyes were foggy and dilated, it was heart breaking.

I knew in my heart that it was time, the vets confirmed that there was a 5% chance that if she was medicated she would improve a tiny bit for perhaps 3 months but not how she was and that it would be putting her through a lot for very little.  I didn’t want to her to suffer, so I had to make the decision to end her life.  I have never had that situation before, it’s extremely hard taking that responsibility and you have moments flitting through you head of “what if”, guilt, sadness and the other side trying to be rational.

I held her as she was injected and felt her last breath, a little piece of my heart died at that moment and I couldn’t quite take in that she had passed away.  It won’t be the same without her beautiful little face.  I spent two days crying constantly, feeling in limbo, I am coming out of that cloud and hoping that she is up there with Splodge (my pug) and my mother who adored her.

We wait for her to return, cremated, but I want to just tell you a little about her, the happy memories….

It all started a long time ago, when I had a cat I inherited from my granny who was an agoraphobic, so I thought a pal would be good.  I had found a girl who had acquired many pets of many species, she now had a boyfriend and wanted to get rid of some.  She had an agoraphobic cat, I thought “hey perfect”.  So I went to visit her.  The flat was like a zoo, I felt slightly sad for all of them.  She pointed to the room where this cat was supposed to see, but I couldn’t see it.  Eventually we found it, a black cat that refused to come out from under a low piece of furniture, all I saw was a jet black face and some fangs.  Meanwhile a rather large tortoise shell kept meowing and doing a figure of 8 between my legs.

I asked if that one was an indoor cat, she said no.  The cat kept on meowing at me and zig zagging in and out, this was Purdey.  I took her and didn’t look back since.

When she was young she had a huge amount of fur, a coat to die for, was a beautiful  mix of rustic shades and dark with stunning green eyes.  She was definitely a Lady as I would call her.  She wouldn’t put up with any stranger cats trying to get in to our house and she ruled the roost with our boy cat.  However, she was definitely independent, she wasn’t a carry around cat, nor would she climb on your lap, however if you were in bed, that is where she would want to be, but she would jingle and jangle all night long until she would eventually get thrown out.  She did however like to help herself to a lick of a cup of tea if it were beside your bed, my mother encouraged this much to my disapproval 🙂

She was my female addition to a house full of males and I miss her dreadfully.  My boy cat with whom she had not much time for I know senses the loss.

So since then my boy cat who is 17yrs old and also has kidney issues, which is very common in elderly cats, but he still leads a full life, he had to have a blood and urine test on Monday.  I was nervous after everything that had happened.  I was in the dentist with the kids whilst Shrek took him in.  Apparently 3 adults could not contain Peewee (my boy cat), in order to give him his shot, apparently he was growling and roaring like a tiger and punching his little paws out wherever he could, to the point he had to be given morphine to sedate him.  The vet says he has the constitution of an ox and the strength, his results came back good, phew!

My dog, Teddy, my 3 yr old Frenchie also had to have major surgery, Tuesday for his breathing issues. It turns out he had a huge hernia, which had to be removed, so he was opened down his entire chest and stomach.  Plus he had to have 3 cms of his soft palate removed, tonsils removed and nostrils widened.  It was risky surgery, but necessary as otherwise he would collapse again with his breathing.  It’s awful that with many pure breeds of bulldogs it turns out have this issue.  I used to think his snorting was cute, but now I realise he was constantly struggling to get full breath.

I was on tenderhooks yesterday and still today, but he has come around, is standing and breathing.  The next thing is to check he can eat and not be sick or choke.  So I await a further call today and we get him back Friday.

All I can say is it has been quite a start to the return of my holiday, full of heartache, worry and pain, but that is the responsibility of emotions you take on when you get pets.

So a tribute to my lovely cat Purdey and come home healthy to my sweet Teddy!

 

  45 comments for “R.I.P Purdey

  1. August 12, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Oh Justine. Even though I knew this story already, I cried reading this. Poor dear sweet Purdey. I feel for you, so badly. I had to do the same thing with my dear dog Buddy a few years ago and it was almost impossible to bear. I still think about him sometimes and have a little tear for him. Big hugs from Oz and best wishes to MissG boyfriend that he he is on the mend and will be ready to pose for more stunning photos soon xoxox.

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  2. August 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Big hug to you… It’s so sad and the decision was hard, but you did the right thing. Let’s cherish the happy memories of your kitty girl…

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  3. August 12, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    So sorry to read this Justine. Take care.

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  4. August 12, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    So sad. Purdey was just beautiful 🙂
    I know what you mean about the sudden nature of it. When my cat was diagnosed with sarcoma and the vet said I’d need to let her go, I thought I had some time. I said, “In a few weeks?” and he said, “In a few days.” The shock. She gave me 11 years of memories, so I can see her beautiful face any time I want.
    My remaining cats did seem to change immediately after her death. My boy cat grew very neurotic, and didn’t calm down until we moved house years later.
    We do our best to comfort them, the way they comfort us. It’s all we can do.
    I’m so sorry you’re dealing with all these veterinary issues right now. I’m wishing all of you my best. x

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    • August 12, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      thankyou for your supportive words, they mean a lot and yes Peewee still isnt back to normal, he won’t use the catflap now which is a bit of a nightmare and hiding still under the piano stool rather than sleeping on the sofa. Ihope he will eventually relax and also that we get teddy back home safe and sound xx

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  5. August 12, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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  6. NotAPunkRocker
    August 12, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    I’m sorry for y’all’s loss ((HUGS))

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  7. August 12, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Big hugs honey x x x x

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  8. August 12, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    My family has lost cats over the years, and losing them is always hard. I know you loved her very much, you rescued her from a bad situation, and she returned that love as best a cat can. That, I think, is the best anyone can do.

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  9. August 12, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    So sorry, Justine. What a long, full time you had with beautiful Purdey. She was a lucky cat to share life with you, my friend. RIP, pretty girl kitty. It is like mourning a member of the family, I so agree. 😦

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      yes she was def a member of the family, is missed sorely but memories happy ones keep me smiling sometimes x thank you for your kind words xx ❤

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  10. artseafartsea
    August 12, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved cat. My thoughts are with you. I know what you are going thru as I lost my beloved Merlin in March of this year. And it is hard on the other cats or animals. It takes awhile for them to get over it. I used calm pills (natural ingredients) that I got from the pet store for my other cat, Lady and it helped a lot.

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      what kind of calming ingredient? Yes both my cat who is 17 and my dog are stressed, the dog because he just had majr surgery also, poor chap, thank you for your kind words x

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      • artseafartsea
        August 16, 2015 at 5:34 PM

        The calming cat and dog chews are to be found in any good pet store. The one I get is called Quiet Moments from NaturVet. They have melatonin, camomile, L- Tryptophan and a few other ingredients. They have different ones for cats and dogs. It really helped my cat. Although I had to break the chew up and sprinkle it on her kibble. Good luck.

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        • August 22, 2015 at 2:28 PM

          ah yes i have one to break up over my cats food also x

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          • artseafartsea
            August 22, 2015 at 5:11 PM

            Good for you. Hope they work good. 🙂

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  11. August 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    so sorry for your loss

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  12. August 12, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Purdey, a life well live. A paw sadly missed

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  13. August 12, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    You have given Purdey a long and good life Justine and then said goodbye when it was that time. You did your best.
    I know it is hard to take that decision but necessary. Wish you all the best.

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  14. August 13, 2015 at 3:08 AM

    Oh, I am sorry about Purdey. And I hope Teddy heals quickly.

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      yes me too, it’s goign to be a slow process with teddy poor chap as so much work done on him, but time will be a kind healer I hope x

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  15. August 13, 2015 at 3:21 AM

    So sorry that Purdey is no longer with you, Justine. It is heartbreaking, especially when it is least expected. You have lovely photos and memories of her though, so she’ll always be in your heart. All the best for Teddy and his recovery!

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      thank you so much for your lovely words. Time will heal both teddy and our loss hopefully x

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  16. August 13, 2015 at 5:24 AM

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your cat… I can empathize greatly with your sadness. Including our doggie who is 12 and kitty who is only 3 we have had a total of 8 beloved pets, and have gone through the heartache as you just have had to do…. My daughter just lost her cat.. and what I said to her… while now it may not mean much, is to remember how much she knew she was loved … she really did! Diane

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      awe thankyou and I had a ginger cat called kitty, in fact my first ever cat he was, dearly loved I inherited him from my grandmother, he passed away a long time ago, but Purdey knew him x thank you fo ryour kind words x

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  17. August 13, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Oh Justine, this made me cry. I’m so sad Purdey is gone but I know her spirit is still with you. And dear Teddy will be home soon. Big hugs, my friend. ❤

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      thank you I know you understand being a pet lover, thank you for your support ❤

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  18. August 14, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Sending you a warm big hug. I feel sad too because I met her once.
    I hope you find peace soon. xxx

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      I will eventually, it just dulls day by day a bit and causes me to cry less x

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  19. August 15, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I also feel sorry about your losing Purdey. I know you will miss her a lot. I’m glad you shared so much about her and your other pets. I hope the others make through their health challenges.

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    • August 16, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      thank you for your kind supportive words. Peewee has come out from hiding under the piano stool and Teddy is recovering slowly form his surgery and well Purdey is being cremated, we get her back in a few days then we shall plant sometime to comemorate her life x

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