Thursday, March 11, 2010

R.I.P. Prince

Today has been one of the hardest and most emotional days that I've lived through so far. Prince, my cat of 17 years had to be put to sleep. I can't remember a time Prince hasn't been around. I'm the youngest in my family and all my siblings where married or living on their own for most of my life so it felt a lot like I was an only child. While it felt like I was an only child, I wasn't lonely. Prince was always there for me. He has always been one of my best friends. It's amazing how much a pet can mean to you!!

A month ago Prince became paralyzed from the waist down. The vet didn't know why, it was a mystery. Even if I would have been able to afford thousands of dollars worth of test and MRI's, he would not have been able to live through a surgery that the vet wasn't confident would do any good anyways. Prince was not only old, but also had a heart murmur so surgery wouldn't have been in his best interest. After being in the vet hospital a few days he showed a little improvement so I couldn't bring myself to put him down. I decided to take him home and just hope he would recover with time. He did slowly get a little better but his improvement hadn't progressed in the past couple weeks and I just couldn't watch him drag his little body around any more. It was a very sad sight! Prince has always been a very lively cat and I can only imagine how upsetting it's been on him to not be able to get around. My parents were wonderful and took him for me. I was able to say goodbye to him here at home and they took him and stayed with him until he was gone. I was grateful, I'm happy he didn't have to die alone. They said he didn't cry or try to get off the exam table like he usually does when he was at the vet. He laid there calmly and slipped away quickly and peacefully. He must have known he was leaving this life, that in the end of was so hard for him, to go onto somewhere better.

Prince has been the best cat ever and will be extremely missed!!


Jen said...

So sad Lori! We will be thinking of you today...:(

Mel and Paul said...

I remember how much you loved him! I'm sorry Lori!! :( The post made me sad :(

Lindsay Bunker said...


Brian and I were snuggling our dog in bed last night and brian was telling me how hard it was going to be when we didn't have her anymore!

So then last night I dreamed that we had to put her down, and woke up crying.

I think losing a pet can be one of the hardest things you could go through in life.

I feel for you and you will be in my prayers today.

I love you guys lots, stay strong and know that you are in our thoughts.

Kelly said...

Sorry Lori. I remember that cat. xoxo

Dowland Fam said...

I'm sorry Lori! I remember Prince from elementary school.

sunfireranch said...

Oh Lori, its always sad to lose a pet- especially one that has been such a big part of your life. He is at peace now.

How are you feeling? We need to get together soon! Take care.