Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Final Comfort

I helped an ailing cat die peacefully a few weeks ago. She had kidney failure. I didn't know her very well, but it was obvious that her time had come.

The owner chose to hold her in her arms while I gave the injection through the catheter in her back leg. The kitty was very relaxed and was purring until she exhaled her last breath.

The owner cried a little, and told me she was the last survivor of her litter. "She was my mother's favorite. Always sitting on her lap. My mother passed away 7 years ago."

She put the cat down and kissed her. "When my mother was dying, she went into hospice care. The staff let me bring this cat on her last day. She sat on my mother's chest and purred while she passed away. I know she was a comfort to my mother."

What an amazing story! How wonderful of the hospice staff to recognize the bond between the older woman and her cat, and to bend the rules so they could share the last moments. I know one of my greatest pleasures in life is to have a warm, furry, purring feline on my lap. I felt honored to have been present at the passing of this beloved creature.

5 comments:

Emily said...

What a sweet story. And it's beautiful that the daughter repaid the cat's kindness to her mother by treating her the same way during her passing.

Anonymous said...

Wow, tears here. People are amazing as are pets ... as are wonderful, caring physicians. You are special, Jennifer!
Love, M

premenopaws said...

What a privilege for you to be there for them. And what a great hospice. We should all be so lucky.

Anonymous said...

You are sooo kind...I have always admired vet. (never mind the fact that I graduated from A&M. Anyway, I once read "That pets are our link to Paradise"! A phrase that I have never forgot, and one that I always think of...with a big comforting smile on my face. God bless you Dr. Vetmommy!!!!

Penelope said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.