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16 January 2011

Bailey died this morning [More:]
I had a call this morning from the vet to say that Bailey was having difficulty breathing and she was much worse than yesterday. Where her body is destroying red blood cells, this affects breathing because it's the haemoglobin in the red cells that carries oxygen in the bloodstream, so she was fighting for breath, like a constant asthma attack. The steroids she'd been given were not stopping the destruction of both red and white cells. The vet said that he did not think there was anything more they could do for her except put her to sleep.

I asked if I could bring Lucy with me, and he said that would be fine, so before the vet opened for morning clinic, I took Lucy and we had a private room with Bailey where we spent some time together. Bailey was much, much sicker than yesterday. She was barely able to lift her head to look at me or Lucy. After we had had some time, the vet came in and we said goodbye to Bailey. Lucy lay next to Bailey when she went off to sleep. It was very quick and very peaceful.

I feel numb right now, I know the tears will come later. She was such a sweet, funny cat, not very bright (most tabbies are a bit dim, in my experience) but she was her own unique personality. Every night when I was reading in bed she would drag my hand off the book so I could scritch all around her face. I was not allowed to read until she decided she'd had enough scritching!

Lucy seems much calmer now, she's not going from room to room pacing around looking for her mum and meowing for her. I took a few photos, last ones of them together. Poor, poor Bailey, she was really in a bad way. I am just thankful that she wasn't ill and suffering for months, this illness came on and was over in just a few days, since last Wednesday.

She is now out of pain. I could tell at once this morning how much worse she was than yesterday and I knew from reading about her illness on the internet that the chances of her pulling through this were practically non-existent.

It's one of the things that comes with being a pet owner, though, knowing when the time has come to do right by our animals, but knowing I've done the right thing doesn't make it any easier.
Oh I am so so sorry for your loss. You've lost a cherished member of your family. Bailey was a beautiful animal who brought you joy and shared your life and you were lucky to be loved by her. What a difficult time this must be. Sending you hugs and warmth and then some more hugs.

posted by Kangaroo 16 January | 07:16
So sorry Senyar.

posted by gomichild 16 January | 08:09
Ah, big hugs, Senyar. And condolences. Bailey must have been a big-hearted cat. Rest well, remember well, you and Lucy.
posted by Hugh Janus 16 January | 08:25
Good ol' Bailey. I'm so sorry.
posted by JanetLand 16 January | 08:44
I'm sorry, Senyar. That's a sad photo of the two of them.
posted by altolinguistic 16 January | 08:45
Many, many *hugs*.
posted by JoanArkham 16 January | 09:22
In happier times.

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With Lucy, her daughter.

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And sharing a cuddle with TheDonF.

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posted by Senyar 16 January | 09:59
I am so sorry. *hugs* to you and Lucy.
posted by wens 16 January | 10:15
I am very sorry to hear. My sympathies to you and Lucy.
posted by amro 16 January | 10:32
My condolences and lots of hugs.
posted by casarkos 16 January | 10:52
Oh, no, I am so sorry.
posted by dilettante 16 January | 10:56

I'm so sorry, Senyar. So sorry.
posted by jason's_planet 16 January | 11:07
Ach, we love our little furry babies so much.
I'm sorry for your grief.
I'm sure she had a good life; being part of a loving household.
posted by jouke 16 January | 11:08
My condolences on the loss of your beloved pet. May you be comforted by your many happy memories.
posted by amyms 16 January | 11:08
Oh, no, oh, Senyar, I am so sorry.
posted by galadriel 16 January | 11:29
Big hugs, I am sorry. I am glad you have Lucy to cuddle with and I hope Bailey wasn't in too much pain.
posted by rmless2 16 January | 11:43
:( *whuffles*
posted by sperose 16 January | 11:47
Oh, I'm so sorry, Senyar. Bailey was a really special girl. I've felt like I got to know her over the years of seeing your photos of her and Lucy. Huge hugs to you and Lucy.
posted by BoringPostcards 16 January | 11:53
I am so sorry Senyar. I felt like I knew her too. I'm stunned. My condolences... know that you gave her a good life.
posted by halonine 16 January | 12:01
Oh so sorry. I 've always loved your stories about them.
posted by typewriter 16 January | 12:10
Oh, Senyar, I'm so sorry for your loss, and for Lucy's. How thoughtful and loving of you to bring Lucy, so she could have a true sense of what was happening rather than wondering where Bailey was. That kindness and understanding says so much about you and about your love for Bailey and Lucy.

Take care and be just as kind to yourself in your grief, dear Senyar. Sending love and hugs to you.
posted by Elsa 16 January | 12:11
A beautiful, beautiful girl. It was so thoughtful of you to bring Lucy; what a kind thing to suggest. I am sure beyond doubt that the presence of both of you was a supreme comfort. I know how hard this is, and though it doesn't make it easier, you helped her gently through it and were there with lots of love. That is so important. Hugs!
posted by Miko 16 January | 12:12

I know the feeling. It really is better for them to go fast. I'm glad Lucy was there.
posted by lysdexic 16 January | 12:20
I'm so sorry.
posted by Eideteker 16 January | 12:24
posted by rainbaby 16 January | 12:41
Big hugs.
posted by mdonley 16 January | 12:58
Sending condolences. These guys are woven in so much to our lives it's always tough to say goodbye. Give Lucy an extra special hug, hope you both heal quickly together.
posted by chewatadistance 16 January | 13:02
Goodbye Bailey.

posted by arse_hat 16 January | 13:11
So sorry for the loss of your friend, Senyar. Thank you for providing a safe, loving home for Bailey for all of these years.

Sending peaceful thoughts for you and Lucy.
posted by ufez 16 January | 14:03
So sorry dear :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 16 January | 14:05
posted by msali 16 January | 14:09
Oh I'm so sorry, hon. Much love to you and Lucy, hugs and much sympathy.
posted by mygothlaundry 16 January | 14:37
I'm so sorry for your loss. (((Senyar & Lucy)))
posted by deborah 16 January | 14:48
Bailey looks like a great girl. I'm sorry for your loss, Senyar.
posted by Atom Eyes 16 January | 15:17

(with much sadness)
posted by danf 16 January | 15:27
I'm so sorry. You gave her a good life! Will be thinking of you, I know that you've had a long week worrying about her.

(((((Senyar & Lucy)))))
posted by Sil 16 January | 15:43
I am going to miss your pictures of Bailey. She was my favorite online cat. Hugs to you and Lucy.
posted by Ardiril 16 January | 15:48
So very sorry to hear that.
posted by Twiggy 16 January | 15:56
Oh, I'm so sorry... such a sweet kittie. You gave her such a nice life.
posted by Pips 16 January | 16:41
I'm so very sorry for you, Senyar. I'm going to go and have a bit of a sniffle and THEN I'm going to hug The Mogget and think hugs in your direction.
posted by ninazer0 16 January | 17:11
I will miss seeing Bailey and hearing about her.
posted by ethylene 16 January | 17:32
Oh no. Sorry to hear that.
posted by TheophileEscargot 16 January | 17:35
sorry for your loss. RIP bailey
posted by Firas 16 January | 20:11
So sorry about your loss. The picture of Bailey and Lucy on the quilt is lovely. I hope your memories of her are also.
posted by toastedbeagle 16 January | 22:14
So sorry. Just went through this the week before Xmas with ≡ Click to see image ≡, who was 13 and suddenly died from kidney disease. It broke our hearts and I miss her terribly.

We did adopt a beautiful big loving adult kitty named Cleopatra about a week later. (Pictures coming in a bit.) We know from experience that although no animal can ever replace another, it somehow helps the grief a great deal to give another shelter animal a home.
posted by bearwife 16 January | 22:34
I'm so, so sorry. Big hugs to all of you.
posted by Madamina 16 January | 22:35
bearwife, wanted to see your former pet and can't seem to make the link work, even in editing. Here's a link...
posted by Miko 16 January | 22:40
She was a sweet and beautiful cat.

posted by By the Grace of God 17 January | 06:25
posted by Trilby 17 January | 14:06
Thanks so much, Miko. Senyar, sending good thoughts to you and Lucy.
posted by bearwife 18 January | 13:12
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