I'm heart broken - sad news about Max

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14 years 5 months ago #21134 by The Kats Place
As most of you know Kate' cat Max came to live in our house when she went to spain.
Sadly this morning he left me. He had a bit of breakfast and went for his usual morning nap. I went to wake him before lunch to finish his breakfast, as was our usual routine, and he had left me. I am heart broken as I am sure Kate is too. I wasn't ready to let him go and didn't get to say good bye. It was quiet and peaceful with no fuss, just as everyting Max did usually was. I'm going to miss the wee man. RIP Max

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14 years 5 months ago #307720 by DiDi
kats - he was a boy! You did the best thing in the world giving him breakfast and with a big smirk on his face and a purr to match, he curled up in a ball and went to sleep. RIP Max and hugs to you kat and kate.

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14 years 5 months ago #307722 by sod
sorry for you great way to go for him hard for you big hugs God bless you

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14 years 5 months ago #307727 by witheze
RIP Max.......sympathy to Kate and Kats...

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14 years 5 months ago #307728 by Toast
Oh dear. Thinking of you & Kate. Wish they (and we) could all go that way though.

Best wishes.

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14 years 5 months ago #307729 by kate
I'm devastated :( :(

Max found us when he was a young stray kitten. Within weeks he had us trained to perfection and continued training us for the next 15 years. We didn't realise at first when he went blind as he was so good at getting around...it was only when he walked into closed doors that it became apparent. The vets told me then that cats could live for months without being able to see. That was over five years ago.

The saddest time of Max's life was when he got hepatic lipidosis. He wouldn't eat and got really, really thin. We had a tube put in his throat and had to feed him every two hours through it. I fed him, he threw up. I fed him, he threw up. He was on all sorts of drugs including jabs to stop him throwing up. At that time it was useful that he was blind as he couldn't see me coming with his food syringe or drugs...

After pulling out his tube a few times, we went to a specialist in Auckland and discussed inserting a tube into his stomach. At this time I spent most of my time in tears as he seemed to have lost the will to live :( :(

Miraculously, he started to eat (shreded chicken only) and gradually regained his health. He was put on drugs for a thyroid problem and was the happy and placid cat we'd known for years. then he disappeared for six days. I posted about it on here and I still can't believe he survived it. After a year he went walkabout again for a couple of days and again I walked for hours each day calling for him. Spoook & Len came down to help find him and Len was the one who spotted Max sitting quietly waiting for someone to pick him up :)

This time last year Max get very stiff in his hindquarters and our vet started to talk about maybe the time had come to think about his quality of life. We decided to go with the drug treatment and it seemed to work. At this point Geoff & I were planning to go overseas for a few months and while we knew we could rehome our other cats we were very concerned about Max. He needed someone who could keep an eye on him, as he tended to wander and couldn't find his way home. I talked to TKP and she offered to look after him. Max had stayed with TKP when we'd been away a few times so he knew her and liked her.

When we returned we'd decided to sell our property and build a house on a bare block. Max couldn't have coped with that, a strange environment with building sites and workers. TKP offered to keep him and we've been able to make our huge life changes knowing our darling Max was loved and spoiled as he deserved to be.

We're so greatful to TKP and her husband for everything.

RIP my darling boy...his quiet dignity through his illness was a lesson to me. His laid back character was legendary...

Kate

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14 years 5 months ago #307731 by terralee
:( :( :( Sorry to hear the news kat and very sad for you and Kate :( but the Old Darling went in his own time in a beautiful peaceful manner ...what a lovely gift he gave you all.
God Bless you all and RIP Max :(

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14 years 5 months ago #307737 by jeannielea
Kate you have shared so much of Max's journey thru this forum that I feel as sad as if I'd known him. My thoughts are with you and TKP and I'm so glad the end was quick and peaceful even though its such a shock

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14 years 5 months ago #307745 by AdoubleJ
Really sorry to here - hugs for you kat and Kate - but what a nice way to go - full tum and asleep!

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12 dogs, 6 cats, 1 x Hereford cross /Cassie/Casserole, 7 girlie sheep and of course Rambo and IggyPop! and chooks!

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14 years 5 months ago #307746 by spoook
RIP Max, now you can wander where ever you like [:X]

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14 years 5 months ago #307748 by kaybe
:( I feel for your sadness :( RIP Max.

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14 years 5 months ago #307751 by digby
:(

Bye
Digby [:)]

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14 years 5 months ago #307753 by ronnie
Sorry for your loss Kate and TKP, but what a way to go - full tum, in the sun and just drift off peacefully - magic.
So many folk on this forum have wished the exact same thing for their furry friends on many occasions.
He leaves you both with lots of happy memories.

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14 years 5 months ago #307758 by Pumpkingirl
I'm so sorry Kate, and TKP :(

I do think it's wonderful though that Max got the love and care of two wonderful families in one lifetime, and that he got to leave peacefully, wrapped in love. No animal could want for better.

Rest in Peace Max.

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14 years 5 months ago #307759 by Birman Babe
Aaaaw girls I am so sorry for you both but he went so peacefully, god bless him ....

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