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R.I.P. Patches

We became parents to an adorable little girl on February 19, 2011.  Our little bundle of joy was a calico cat that we named Patches.  She was our first pet that Bob and I chose together. Patches readily became a member of our family and filled our hearts with joy and love.  Patches’ favorite past times included playing with her toy raccoon, running and lying in her tunnels, sleeping in bed with us (most often nestled beneath the covers), playtime with Daddy, lounging on her cat tree, watching the birds from various indoor perches, lying on our laps, and being with Bob and me both indoors and outside.  Patches really liked to sit on the front porch with us, watching the world go by.  Patches liked drinking from her water fountain.  She found our water cooler and sink and tub faucets equally suitable for drinking.  We fed Patches mainly dry food, but she enjoyed the occasional taste of canned tuna and chicken and turkey scraps.  Whenever we brought groceries and other purchases into the house, Patches checked everything out.  She would look up at us, as though to ask “anything for kitty?”, while peeking in the bags and rubbing against other purchases.  Another thing she seemed to say often, whenever food was present, is “kitty can have that”.  Patches loved vanilla ice cream.  She would wait patiently for her turn to lick the bowl.  Patches did NOT like to ride in the car.  She would show us her displeasure vocally!  I don’t think Patches knew what to make of our granddaughters.  She was curious about Harper and Juniper, but she mostly kept her distance from the girls.  We do have a few pictures, though, of Harper and Juniper with Patches.

This past Monday (January 2) Patches fell ill.  We took her to a veterinary hospital, where a blood test was performed.  The blood test indicated that Patches was in kidney failure.  Patches was admitted into the hospital and placed on liquid therapy via IV for 24 hours.  The next day a new blood test was done. Patches’ Creatinine value had come down from 14.5 to 10.3, but was still very high. A normal Creatinine value is 2.1. Another renal function value that is checked was so high it was off the chart. An additional 24 hours of liquid therapy might have helped, but the prognosis wasn’t good for the levels to come down to where needed. I asked what to expect if we brought Patches home, without continuing treatment. The veterinarian said Patches wasn’t going to get better, that she would continue to go downhill and quickly. It was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make, but Bob and I decided it was in Patches’ best interest to have her put down.

We visited with Patches for a short time before she was put down. Patches didn’t seem to know we were even there; she paid no attention to us. Patches was alert to the new room we were in and noises from all over the hospital. I wish there had been a quiet place to go for our last minutes with her.  Bob stayed with Patches, holding her, as she was put to sleep. I left the room, as I could not bear to watch Patches die. I wanted only to remember her alive. We are having Patches cremated. She was an indoor cat. Patches enjoyed her time outside, but only in our presence. She would not have liked lying outside under ground.

Rest in Peace, Patches. You brought so much joy and love into our lives. We will miss you always.

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13 Responses to “R.I.P. Patches”

  1. Betsy

    I read about this on FB last night… Made me teary since I knew how much you loved her… May God Bless You and Bob as you grieve the loss of your beloved Patches… HUGS to you.
    Betsy

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  2. Stacey Gross

    So sorry. I know she meant a lot to you. I struggled similarly with Jasper when his kidneys failed. It is so hard to let them go, but she will always be a part of your life.

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  3. Debby Hornburg

    I like that someone held her until she was gone. It is heartbreaking, but they are such a big part of our lives and I think that we owe them that much…to insure that they die humanely, and that the last thing they know is the loving caress of their owner. You were good parents to Patches, and she was beloved. No animal deserves less. Patches was a lucky cat. You and Bob were lucky cat parents. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  4. Eileen

    Hello, It is hard to lose a family pet. I know how I felt when we had to make the decision to let our Goldie Girl Go. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have many happy memories of Patches.

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  5. Cheryl

    I am so very sorry for your loss of Patches. You will always have the memories of her and how she enriched your lives, because that is what our pets do for us. She was blessed with living in a loving home environment, had lots of good fun, and great play times! Remember those great, tender moments!

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  6. Lorraina

    I am so sorry for your loss Linda and Bob. That was a wonderful tribute you created for her. Patches had an awesome life with her family and she enjoyed some pretty cool toys too. I’m so glad that Bob held her as she as she took her last breath secure in the knowledge that that she was cherished and well loved. She knew he was letting her go to a pain free place. You will see her again some day at the rainbow bridge but it will hurt until then. Maybe one day you might consider getting another and then life will go on again. May sweet little Patches rest forever in peace.

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