Goodbye to Elliott, a good old soul

Our grand old man, Elliott the Siamese, is at the animal hospital. In a few moments, we’re heading out there and having him put to sleep.


He’s an old man, arthritic and bleary-eyed from a recurring herpes virus outbreak. The last few weeks, though, he’s lost a lot of weight and become dehydrated; his appetite’s been non-existent, even for his finicky self. We thought the blood in his urine was a stress holdover from the problems we had acclimating Higgins to our household, but blood tests show his kidneys are not functioning right. It’s just time. 🙁

I’ve had this fella since he was 6 weeks old, just a little Siamese kitty who was only beginning to get his coloring. He’s a sealpoint apple-head, a good old soul, one of the best. It’s possible we could prolong his life by feeding him a low-protein diet (provided he’d even eat it), periodically administering sub-cutaneous fluids when he became deyhdrated, and other measures…But why?

God, it’s hard. He’s been my buddy ever since I got my first job after college in 1989. It’s so hard to let go, but we don’t want him suffering.

We have good memories from a few weeks ago, when he suddenly started coming into the office with us, wanting on our laps or on my chair all the time. He was sooo friendly, and would just sit and purr with me for hours. Then, this last week, he quit coming in the office and just stayed to himself in the living room. Three days ago, I saw a pool of bloody urine outside the litterbox. The next day, another.

Yesterday, we brought him to the vet’s office and they kept him to give him fluids and run some tests. I came by later to bring in some of his food from home, and he warmed up to me in moments. Oozing down onto his side, he offered his belly for scritches, purring loudly and kneading the air with his front paws.

He knows, loves and trusts us. Don’t we owe him a peaceful end?

Time to go now.

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7 thoughts on “Goodbye to Elliott, a good old soul

  1. I am in tears as I type. My heart is so heavy for you. I know I will have to face this same situation hopefully not for a few more years as I have a 12 year old purrbaby. The thought of losing her torments me and I try not to think of it, but reading your story about your beloved Elliott brought me back to a reality we all must face sooner or later. It is so hard to let them so and I am so sorry for you and your dh, garden wife. May God Bless and give you peace knowing that you gave Elliott the best life with you and your love and care. He too will be at peace.

  2. Thanks so much for your kind words. This old guy was so much a part of our lives, we couldn’t imagine his ever dying. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone, even though I watched him go and carried him into our house.

  3. You show how much you love Elliot because your first concern is for how he is feeling. You don’t want him to be in pain and miserable. It is a very selfless act. I hope when that time comes for my little Angel, I’ll be able to do the same.

    I know that you are hurting because of the loss of your sweet friend. You will be in my prayers.

  4. Gardenwife – I’m so sorry. I know how you feel having had to go through the same thing myself several times. Find comfort in your wonderful memories and know you’ll be with him again in heaven.

  5. Dear Gardenwife, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved furchild.I know how much you miss your little one and how hard it is to lose a cherished member of the family.You are in my prayers.


  6. Gardenwife,
    I am going through the exact same thing. Our little guy Fritz has kidney disease and even though we are giving him fluids and changed his diet he is doing poorly. I fear the end is near. We are just loving him dearly and letting him do pretty much what he wants. I think he knows it as well and is trying to make his last days with us a way of telling us how much he loves us.

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