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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-09 15:33
Subject: [personal] Taking that midnight train
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Tags:cats, child, personal, photos, portland

This afternoon Mother of the Child took Pas de Chat, her cat of 23 years (that is not a typo) to the vet to be put to sleep. After about four years of kitty Alzheimer’s and growing completely deaf, Pas de Chat’s quality of life had dropped precipitously over the past few weeks, with no food or water intake for the past several days.

I went to say good-bye (I’ve known Pas de Chat since 1992) and found myself in tears. I suppose death and dying has become a far more immediate and personal topic than it used to be for me. Mother of the Child and the_child will have a Buddhist ceremony later in the back yard.

Pas de Chat’s final portrait, just before they headed out the door…

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Ninjakitten: boB
User: ninjakitten
Date: 2008-06-09 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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I'm sorry. It sounds like it was time, but that doesn't make it easy to lose a family member.

And wow, 23 years! That's quite the feline lifespan.
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Martha Wells: Blue Ship
User: marthawells
Date: 2008-06-09 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Sorry to hear this. It's always horribly hard, even when you know it's the right thing.

I don't know how common it is, but my cat Kate lived to be over 22.
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corvida
User: corvida
Date: 2008-06-09 22:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's always sad to hear about something like this, but I'm sure she had a good life. An acquaintance said recently of her dog's passing, "For them, it's so easy. It's going to sleep. There is no pain at all. It's the best of all possible deaths. Especially when you're surrounded by people who have loved you your whole life. "

If only we were all so lucky.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-06-09 22:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
She did have a good life, and is dying peacefully without much pain.
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Willis Couvillier
User: will_couvillier
Date: 2008-06-09 23:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In equivalent human years (per a chart online) Pas de Chat passed to cat heaven at the age of 109.

He/She will missed.

(And I would have been in tears as well. Heck, my eyes are sympathy watering as I type.))
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User: saoba
Date: 2008-06-09 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's the hard part of the bargain we make with them, isn't it? Sympathy from someone with an elderly, beloved dog.

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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-06-09 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sympathies to you & them. I lost a cat a few years back and it was pretty devastating, despite his age (not as old as Pas de Chat though!)
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-06-09 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Death is real. I spent a good 40+ years ignoring it, in complete denial. Now, old enough to have been through losing a few people, the tears that bubble up when it becomes real are just proof that I'm still not completely grown up.
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squirrel_monkey
User: squirrel_monkey
Date: 2008-06-09 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aw, kitty! Hugs to all of you.
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Sputtering with Indignation
User: weirman
Date: 2008-06-09 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My condolences. It's always hard to lose a member of the family, and especially after so many years. I'd have been in tears myself, even without a recent experience such as yours.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-06-09 23:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awww... wow. My husband and I had two kitties who were nearly 18 when they died; this breaks my heart.
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2008-06-09 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, dear god what is it in the air?

Heartfelt sympathy from someone who's watching my own beloved slipping away...
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2008-06-10 00:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*hugs* to Pas de Chat's family.
Sounds like it was a wonderful life and a quiet death. The cat was definitely given the best of everything.
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Jennifer
User: gaaneden
Date: 2008-06-10 00:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sympathies. It is hard to put a family pet to sleep.
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Jeremy Tolbert
User: the_flea_king
Date: 2008-06-10 00:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sympathies for your loss, Jay.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2008-06-10 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sympathies.
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