Tomorrow I have made an appointment to have our cat, Chrissy, put to sleep. She is about 18 years old, and we got her when Jennifer’s best friend’s cat had kittens. I remember shortly after the kittens were born, and old enough that the mother cat would allow the girls to pick them up, that anytime Jennifer would go over to play at Jessie’ s house, you would always find that she would have this little ball of fluff curled up in her lap.

Chrissy has always been a very timid cat, not very vocal, in fact when she does meow you really can’t hear her, you just “see” her meowing. Anyways, for the past several months every time she goes to use the litter box, she cries, almost a yowl, very loudly. Obviously something is wrong.

I changed her diet to a food for older cats, but it didn’t help. It has also become very difficult to keep weight on her. I tried soft or wet cat food for her, which seemed to put a little weight on, but there was still the bathroom problems. Plus, the wet food tended to give her diarrhea.

In addition, she is a long haired cat, and though I brush her at least once a day, usually more, she throws up at least once a day. Sometimes right after she ate, or lately even after she would drink her water.

I have tried a lot of different things to try and ease her discomfort, but over the last several weeks, she also has become even more skittish. For the most part she just sleeps, or lays in her little, extra cushioned cat bed. I don’t want her to be suffering, but at the same time, I also don’t want to have to put her to sleep.

After a great deal of thought, I decided to do what I hope is the best thing for her…I made an appointment to have her put to sleep. Above all else I don’t want her to suffer. But I want to believe that this is the right thing to do. So I prayed about it, and also asked Jennifer and God both to help me.

A couple of nights ago, there was something on either the news, or some other program about when it’s time to let your animal go, and I have to believe that that was some sort of indication or sign that I am doing what is right for her.

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