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This time, there will be no encore [Nov. 7th, 2009|10:45 am]
Nemesis To Go
Fred went to the vet today.

It was a one way trip.

Here he is, in the last hour of his life:

If you compare that photo with the ones I posted here only a few weeks ago, you can see that his tumour had grown alarmingly. He could no longer open his mouth properly: we had to mince his food into a paste, so he could lick it up. The tumour was also pushing his right eye out of its socket - he could no longer close the eye, and it had become infected. He was losing weight, and had stopped taking an interest in anything much. He spent his last days dozing on the bed, occasionally getting up to use his litter tray. Once he'd done so, he no longer had the strength to climb back on the bed.

We decided that rather than wait until his tumour grew so large he could no longer breathe - it was definitely going that way - it would be best to hasten his end while he still had at least the last few shreds of his old good life. We weren't prepared to watch him suffer, and die a painful, drawn-out death. Frankly, I hope someone does me that same favour if I ever need it.

Goodbye, Fred. The best cat ever, and my brilliant friend for over 15 years.

We'll be telling Fred stories for years to come. Did I tell you about the time the postman knocked on my door one morning? But not to deliver a package. He pointed to Fred, who was turning upside down in a sunshine frenzy on the pavement. 'Is that cat all right?' he said, with concern. I had to admit Fred's antics did look rather bizarre, as he wriggled around like a mad thing. 'Oh, yes, he's fine,' I said, 'He's Fred!'

Fred is buried in the back garden. I'm going to grow sunflowers on his grave.

[User Picture]From: girfan
2009-11-07 11:13 am (UTC)
R.I.P. Fred
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[User Picture]From: kid_sportswear
2009-11-07 11:23 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, man. It's horrible losing a friend like that, but at least he went with his family around him.
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[User Picture]From: liz_lowlife
2009-11-07 11:45 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jozafeen
2009-11-07 11:48 am (UTC)
RIP special marmalade man.

We found a very orange japanese maple to mark Gizmocat's resting place - I'm daft enough to say hello to that spot whenever I pass now.
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[User Picture]From: meiow
2009-11-07 03:50 pm (UTC)
I say hi to my two, Skitty and Azrael, every time I look out the window at their resting spot. You're not alone.
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[User Picture]From: fcoll_reviews
2009-11-07 12:10 pm (UTC)
So sad and sorry to hear that. He sounded a wonderful feline fellow. May he rest in peace. That's a lovely touch about the sunflowers.
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From: o0olellyo0o
2009-11-07 01:18 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss
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[User Picture]From: ant_girl
2009-11-07 01:31 pm (UTC)
Poor Fred. It sounds like he had a wonderful life though.

I hope you and Andi are coping OK.
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[User Picture]From: the_air_hostess
2009-11-07 02:13 pm (UTC)
i'm so sorry. bless wee fred. you were lucky to have each other & you did the best thing in his time of need.
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From: 50_ft_queenie
2009-11-07 02:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: meiow
2009-11-07 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that it came to that, but you did the right thing. -hugs- He was lucky to have found such a loving owner.
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[User Picture]From: inulro
2009-11-07 03:52 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ms_jinxme
2009-11-07 04:50 pm (UTC)
My heartfelt sympathy. I still miss Happy.
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[User Picture]From: erming
2009-11-07 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. Fred'll live on in your heart for ever.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2009-11-07 05:11 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty.

I'm sorry. He looks like a charmer.
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2009-11-07 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hugs, its hard to lose a friend
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2009-11-07 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm going to miss him.

Here he is co-staring with you in his first film.

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[User Picture]From: choronzon333
2009-11-07 06:22 pm (UTC)
Should there be a heaven, and I make it there upon shuffling off this mortal coil, (no telling which of the former or latter possibility is more remote), all the cats I've known who have gone into that good night before me will be waiting for me and precious few humans. My most heartfelt condolences to you for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: ladynoir
2009-11-07 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about Fred. He sounds like a wonderful cat full of character. It's good that he'll always be close to home.
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[User Picture]From: princessmadison
2009-11-07 11:32 pm (UTC)
oh, that's so sad....i'm so sorry for you, but at least you gave him a great life with lots of love.
goodbye Fred, all my thoughts are with you -RIP-
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[User Picture]From: aleph_naught
2009-11-08 08:29 am (UTC)
That sucks dude, sorry to hear that. :(
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[User Picture]From: jez_alone
2009-11-08 09:52 am (UTC)
From one orange tabby to the family of another....

Arvid: 'Don't you worry, I was there to show him the ropes...I'm a bit of an odd one too!'

And from Arvid's brothers and sister - purrs of love and sympathy.
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[User Picture]From: theevilchemist
2009-11-08 05:36 pm (UTC)


So sorry for your loss. :( Poor Fred, but it was his time. You did the best for him until the very end.
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From: leonatos
2009-11-08 07:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear ou had to put Fred down. Hope he's happy where he is now.
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From: blu_muse
2009-11-09 08:41 pm (UTC)
love and hugs... no matter how much you know its the right thing to do, it still hurts...
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[User Picture]From: gigib
2009-11-09 11:13 pm (UTC)
RIP Fred. Hugs to you and the lady.
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[User Picture]From: nevla
2009-11-10 12:10 pm (UTC)
What a touching story! Poor thing :(
RIP Fred, off chasing star mice in the great unknown...
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[User Picture]From: mickmercer
2009-12-21 11:21 pm (UTC)
I stopped reading your journal for a bit hoping to avoid any bad news, but :( - poor Fred, and you both.

You did the right thing though. Our Shelly was ill and suddenly started panicking about her own state, and you know you have to act.

You'll have memories of him forever. A better legacy than most people ever leave.
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