Let me tell you about the cat that my sister, Mary, and I brought home when we were 15 and 17 years old. She was a cute little kitten. A friend of ours had a cat that had kittens. We picked this one out, she was a calico with long fur and mewed very loudly and high pitched, so we named her after the singer, Mariah Carey. In the years that followed, we left for college and worked and got married...
I took pictures of her with a plastic purple egg on Pascha in April 2012. She looked very good then. She kept herself clean.
spring. It was one of her favorite places to lay.)
My parents kept Mariah at their house. Now, it's almost 20 years later and Mariah is still mewing very loudly, but in the middle of the night, in the house and even outside, so that it wakes my parents.
Dad has Parkinson's disease and now a broken arm and the hours that he is able to sleep peacefully are limited. Mom cleans up after Mariah, who in her old age has stopped cleaning her fur, it is matted and knotty, and even has some feces stuck to it... It's my job, now, to help out. I wanted to bring her to my home, but she has never known another home and we think she is going deaf and blind. We also have a young cat, dog and 3 chickens... I don't think Mariah would like it here.
So, we prayed for her to pass away peacefully in her sleep. It didn't happen. After talking about it, we called the vet and made an appointment to have her put to sleep. When they examined her, they said that her kidneys were enlarged and that her muscle tone was very low... They were very kind and explained that they would give her 2 injections, the first one, which would let her sleep, as they would give to any cat, undergoing a spay or neuter, then another injection that would stop her heart. ♥ It was very hard to hear that and to not feel guilty about allowing this to happen. I told my girls that animals don't have souls, that this is different from a human life, but I still felt badly.
She would've been about 90 years old in cat years. Most cats live 12-15 years, although some live quite long! Mariah had a longer than normal life.
It was the first time I've ever had to do something like this...
I hope it is the last.
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