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Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Myfurchildren, Mar 18, 2016.

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  1. Myfurchildren

    Myfurchildren New Member

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    I am in dire need of opinions :(

    Being a new mommy of a diabetic cat, we gave our little baby her first shot of insulin the night before last around 7pm, only to have found out our vet didn't train us to administer the correct dose on the syringe, and we woke up to a horror.

    Yesterday at 6:00 in the morning, I awoke to my fiancé screaming that our beloved, newly diabetic 14-15 year old angel was dead. I rushed into the living room and cradled them both, only to find out she had moved. She was freezing and she had peed and pooped herself. We thought she was gone. :(

    After seeing her still hanging on, I wrapped her in her blanket and we flew to emergency. Her body temp was so cold that it wasn't registering on their thermometer that started at 90 degrees.

    After hours under a heating blanket, dextrose to bring her glucose back up, fluids, and constant supervision, she became a little more alert.

    She had no use of her front end and could not hold her head up. Her back legs worked fine though. She was in a daze and obviously not herself.

    We couldn't afford to keep her in emergency, so about 9 hours in, our vet at emergency spoke with our regular vet, and they decided she was stable enough for a quick car ride with a syringe with dextrose for us to use in case we saw symptoms of her blood sugar dropping.

    We made it to our vet, and she had started getting sleepy again, but they gave her dextrose and IV fluids, and she was back to where she was prior to leaving.

    Last night, she was able to prop herself up. This morning, we called them and they said she was doing better. We still weren't in the clear, but she was stronger. My fiancé went to visit her after work, and they said she suffered 3 more minor seizures and need to take it by every 24 hours.

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO ANGRY AT MYSELF AND DEPRESSED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! How could I possibly have done this to her? We made the decision to help her live a long life with regulated diabetes, and now she's in this position. We screwed up big time and I will never forgive myself for this. I just need some help and opinions.

    Has anyone ever gone through this before? They're worried about swelling of the brain. And since we woke up around 6am, we don't know how long she was laying there. We had gone to sleep around 10pm that night, and she wasn't exhibiting any signs of weakness or hypoglycemia.

    I would never do anything to hurt any of my fur babies, and this is quite literally tearing me apart.
     
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    Reason for edit: Added GA prefix. Fly free little Chewy... land softly.
  2. Melanie and Smokey

    Melanie and Smokey Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry your baby is in such a state. I can read the love and care in your post and know you did and are doing the very best you can for your kitty. I have not had a kitty in this situation, but it sounds like your girl is showing improvement. I think all you can do is take it day by day with lots of love and see what kind of long term effects it might have had.
     
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  3. Ferndoc

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    (((hugs))) to you. I haven't been though this but hugs, fingers and paws crossed that there is continuing improvement.
     
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  4. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to hear the news about your sweet baby!!:bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Unfortunately, it's a story we hear about too much because vets don't recommend home testing, so please don't blame yourself. (and right now, it won't do any good to blame your vet either)

    Please do some reading on this message board when you have some time so you'll be prepared to bring her home and keep her safe.

    I will pray your kitty has a full recovery and can come home soon to her loving parents.

    Keep us updated on her!!
     
  5. BJM

    BJM Well-Known Member

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    {{hugs}}
    You trusted the vet's instructions and as Chris notes above, many of them don't recommend home testing. Nor do they explain that insulin is a hormone and that too much can be just as bad as too little.
     
  6. Sharon2665

    Sharon2665 New Member

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    It seems to me that if you gave her insulin at 7 and she was fine at 10 that you should have seen it drop prior to that. Could it just have been a fluctuation in her glucose DM condition? I know our cat seems to fluctuate pretty greatly no matter what the no of units. I think cat diabetes is just a very hard disease and add to that the fact they can't tell you how they are feeling and it's just hard. Hope your baby has a full recovery. Will say a prayer for them and you.
     
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  7. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    I am so very sorry that this has happened to you and your baby. Please keep us posted as to how she is doing and we will all be keeping our fingers and paws crossed that she will be okay. Sending you lots and lots of hugs! :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  8. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

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    I feel your pain and anger! I went through the same thing with Shoes on 1/24/16. It's horrible and you never ever quite get that image out of your mind. Will keep you and your baby in my thoughts and prayers. Shoes recovered and I hope your baby will too! At the time of Shoes hypo crash, he was on Novolin N insulin and it was just too harsh for his body. Please keep us updated!
     
  9. Cathie and Shaak Ti (GA)

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    unfortunately every cat is different when it comes to DM and also different insulins nadir at different times. some cats nadir (lowest drop) at +3, some at +5, +7 or +8 etc. If they were not home testing they would have no way of knowing she was dropping. If the vet did not teach them how to give a shot then likely they did not teach them to home test either. At this point sadly, it matters not how it happened (It is not your fault, you can't be blamed for something you know nothing about, please don't blame yourself) now just pray and work on your angel getting better and soon.

    what is your kitty's name? I want to add it to my Novena prayer list.
     
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  10. Tuxedo Mom

    Tuxedo Mom Well-Known Member

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    Prayers and healing vines being sent for you and your precious baby.

    Too many vets are not training people correctly and not giving correct dosing when people first start on insulin. That is why this forum is so valuable for new diabetics and long term diabetics. Please do not blame yourself!

    :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
     
  11. Dyana

    Dyana Well-Known Member

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    Praying for your baby to make a full recovery.
     
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  12. Myfurchildren

    Myfurchildren New Member

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    Thank you all SO much for your responses.

    Shoeskitty-- We did in fact give Chewy (our little one) Novolin N as well.

    When we asked about home testing, we were told it was not necessary, just to bring her in every so often so they could check up on her. It's certainly not my vet's fault nor anyone's. It's just a devastating miscommunication.

    We had her on a new diet and decided to help better regulate her (and hopefully achieve remission in the future) to go the insulin route because we didn't want to waste any precious time.

    We had actually brought her to the vet about a year ago for blood work (tons of water intake and frequent urination), and we were told she was fine.. Only to find out from a family member who works at the practice, that her blood work came back possibly diabetic. So knowing it had already been over a year without regulation, we wanted to do right and again, not waste anymore time.

    We'll be going to see her first thing tomorrow morning, and I'll keep you all updated. When my fiancé went in today, she wasn't fully conscious, but when he put his hand under her head, he said she was purring slightly. We left a worn shirt with her so she had comfort of having our scent with her.

    The first thing I do before giving her insulin ever again is purchasing a meter and staying 150% on top of everything. I'm blessed to have found this forum, and it's incredible to know there are so many awesome parents who take their kitties' health so seriously.

    All of your little ones are so lucky!

    Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart.
     
  13. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    Ah, hope that gives her comfort. Lots of prayers going out to your baby.
     
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  14. Jeanne & Dottie

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    :(I'm sorry this happened to you.:bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Please let us know if your cat recovers...and it's not your fault. Keep repeating that.
     
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  15. Mum of two felines

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    It's not your fault! Every single one of us at one time or another could have or may wake up to what you did! Feline DM is serious and there are so many variables. I know both of my boys were close to your sugarcat condition many times. Hugs to you, your fiancé, and Chewy. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  16. Sharon2665

    Sharon2665 New Member

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    I think I would look for new vet also. Sounds like they let you down by not catching it a year ago when she first had symptoms. It's sad but sometimes they are no more educated on DM than we are as they have so many diseases and types of animals to keep up on. Find someone who seems to have had more experience with diabetes.
     
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  17. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I'm really not trying to upset you, and for now, it really doesn't matter. What matters right now is Chewy's hopeful recovery, but yes, it is your vets fault, especially if you even broached the subject of home testing with him/her.

    Although it's probably not really fair to say "fault" either. What we've seen from the thousands of cats that have come through here is that the truth is that most vets just don't have the time to stay up to date on the latest treatments for every disease in every type of animal they see. They only receive a few hours of "formal education" on diabetes when they're in school, and those few hours covers all animals. After that, they would have to have an interest in feline diabetes that kept them looking for new and better treatments (and most vets see a LOT more diabetic dogs than they do cats....although due to the obesity problem, cats are catching up)

    If you go back and look at a lot of newer members posts, you'll see the vast majority of them were told exactly what you were told...to give X units of insulin and come back in 2 weeks for a curve. Most vets, even if they know about home testing, either don't suggest it because they feel most of their patients would choose to euthanize rather than "go to that much trouble" or they have a monetary reason for continuing to have people come back for those expensive "curves".

    One of the big strengths of the message board is that the people here due nothing but research and try to stay on the cutting edge of the best treatments for feline diabetes (and the diseases that tend to come with it like chronic kidney disease and pancreatitis). There are years and years of real life experience here in what works, so we really hope we can help you when Chewy comes home!!

    Sending tons of healing white light Chewy's way!
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  18. Critter Mom

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    Sending prayers for Chewy to make a full recovery and some :bighug::bighug: for you and your fiancé. Keep telling Chewy how much you love her when you visit with her (and even 'think' it to her when you're away from each other while the vets do their bit). It helps.


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  19. Carol & Murphy

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    I am so, so, so saddened that this happened- it truly is the nightmare of every one on this board. It is not at all your fault and oh, how we want your kitty to make a full recovery Many hopeful thoughts and prayers to you and Chewy.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  20. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

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    Many prayers that your sweet girl will make a full recovery.

    Cats that have a symptomatic hypoglycemic event like this can be very sensitive to insulin. Sometimes, when they have these events, it actually puts them into remission at least for a time. If she needs insulin again, start low. YOu might even want to post here to get some thoughts.

    The other thing I would ask my vet about is a less harsh insulin like Lantus, levemir, or even ProZinc if cost is an issue. Novolin N can onset hard and fast and really drop numbers.

    We often talk about the miracle prayers of this group so sending a ton of them to Chewy.
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  21. Nancy and Scotty

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    I will echo what everyone else said, I am so sorry you had to go through this, this is a nightmare that haunts everyone on this board, it's what keeps us up all night testing our cats 5 or 6 times a day and terrified to leave our houses, please do let us know what happens to Chewy and I will be sending prayers for a fast recovery.
     
  22. Julia & Bandit

    Julia & Bandit Well-Known Member

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    Wishing for a full and speedy recovery for Chewy! I'm so sorry you are going through this right now.

    I don't have much to add in terms of advice as the others have given you some great advice, but I do want to encourage you to push to change the insulin if Chewy still needs insulin after this incident. Novolin is not a recommended insulin for cats because it does not last long enough in their systems to be effective and it often causes dangerous hypoglycemic incidents. Lantus and Levemir have been proven in several studies to be safer and more effective. They're pricy in the US if cost is an issue, but you can easily order from Canada at much lower prices.

    If you need the studies and current diabetes guidelines to print and bring to your vet to help convince them to get on board with home testing and a better insulin, we can provide those for you. This incident was not caused by any miscommunication on your part, but rather a lack of correct and current information on your vet's part. If you choose to stay with that practice, you'll need to bring them up to speed yourself. It is a responsibility that should not fall to the owner, but unfortunately it commonly does.
     
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  23. Marlena

    Marlena Well-Known Member

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    What a nightmare you went through! I'm really sorry for you and your kitty.
    But looking at positives you have learnt something and you can be more in control if you have that knowledge.
    Please read as much as you can about feline diabetes here on this forum - that's a place to start. Unfortunately vets are not very knowledgeable when it comes to FD.
    I hope your beloved kitty is going to be fine and, from your post, I can tell that you deeply care for her wellbeing!
    Good luck and keep us informed.
    Best wishes
    Marlena:cat:
     
  24. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    My little one went through a very tough time recently. The wonderful people here prayed for her and sent her healing thoughts. It was uncanny the way so many things that weren't likely to happen went right to help my girl - including getting an emergency appointment with a top flight opthalmologist who was about to leave the country. I come from a scientific background, I'm incredibly sceptical by nature (a real Doubting Thomas, if you will) but against highly-stacked odds so many things slotted into place and help arrived from the most unexpected quarters that I cannot but give serious credence to the prayers and positive thoughts of this incredibly caring group of people having a direct influence on the way the world moved to save my girl. It is my fervent hope that the prayer and positive thoughts coming to you three now will help Chewy in her hour of great need.

    Sending more prayers for Chewy. And more :bighug::bighug: for you two.



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  25. MommaOfMuse

    MommaOfMuse Well-Known Member

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    Oh Sweetheart, I can so relate. I know all too well that anger at yourself and the guilt you feel, because your story is exactly the same as mine when I first came to this board. With one exception, my beautiful Muse didn't survive her hypo overnight. I kicked myself for months and months, but I made a vow to my girl that I would learn everything I possibly could about this disease and how to treat it, ad how to prevent it. As I had several other kitties at home and I never wanted to relive the nightmare of that morning.

    Try to go easy on yourself hon, yes it was your hand that gave the shot, but you were only trying to help her and doing what you had been told to do You are not fault, you can not be held accountable for not knowing what you were not told. Right now your precious girl is right where she needs to be, and while she's in good hands you asked for options..

    Read the wealth of information on this site until your eyes cross, and ask a billion questions, the only stupid question around here is one that goes unasked.
    Learn to test her at home when she is well enough and stable enough to come to be back with you. It is honestly the only way to keep her safe while she is on insulin.
    Since losing my beautiful Muse I have gone on to adopt 5 more FD kitties. Sweetie this is DOABLE!

    And lastly BREATHE!!!

    My Furry Gang and myself will be praying that your baby girl makes a complete recovery and will soon be back in your arms.
    Mel and The Fur Gang
     
  26. milfordcollector

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    Hugs, prayers & healing vines being sent Chewys way. Please don't beat yourself up, unfortunately the veterinarians aren't up to speed managing FD. There's a wealth of knowledge on this board & awesome guidance. Read, ask tons of questions(none of which are stupid) I pray chewy makes a full recovery. Cindy & Angel Sabrina
     
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  27. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

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    Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better ~ Maya Angelou

    I am so sorry, but you were doing the best that you could. Many good thoughts for Chewy in her recovery. Hugs to you and your fiancé.
    Liz
     
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  28. Myfurchildren

    Myfurchildren New Member

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    I truly cannot thank every last one of you enough for the love and valuable knowledge I've received from all of you.

    Unfortunately this morning, we received the news we dreaded. Chewy is no longer with us.. :(:(:( She had suffered a series of severe seizures, and the last one they couldn't control, and it was too much for her to handle.

    cat_wings>o

    This is one of the hardest things we have ever dealt with.. And we made sure our baby girl knew we loved her to the moon and back before we layed her to rest. But she's no longer suffering.

    We have two other munchkins (who will of course never replace her), and we're making sure we learn about this horrific disease and we'll be doing all we can to keep them healthy and give them the love every fur baby deserves.

    Again, thank you ALL so much for everything, and I truly hope no one ever has to feel this again. Our little ones are too precious to have to deal with something of this caliber.

    Sending endless hugs and love to all of you -- all of your kitties are so lucky to have parents who take their health and lives so seriously. If only the rest of the world was this compassionate.
     
  29. Mum of two felines

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    Oh, my! My heart breaks for you I am so sorry this happened to Chewy.cat_wings>o Hugs and prayers that you will find peace.
     
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  30. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I'm SO SO sorry you got that dreaded call....BIG HUGE loooooooooong hug. Thoughts and prayers for comfort as you all deal with this too. If you need to 'talk' to people that understand, come back right here where lots of hugs await from people that understand.

    Soar high on your new Angel wings Chewy....landing softly back in your family's broken hearts...

    More hugs and prayers,
     
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  31. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

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    My heart goes out to you and your fiancé! May Chewy rest in peace and be waiting for you over the Rainbow Bridge!
     
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  32. milfordcollector

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    Oh my gosh!!im so sorry chewy gained her Angels wings today:( fly free little one & land softly at the Rainbow Bridgecat_wings>o:rb_icon: ((((hugs)))) Cindy & Angel Sabrina
     
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  33. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

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    I had to come check on Chewy first thing this morning and I am so extremely sorry for your loss of your sweet girl. It is so evident how very much you love her. I am crying for you and for your heart which I know is shattered. These amazing little kitty souls bring so much love and light to our lives and their crossing leaves such a huge hole in our hearts and lives. Please know we are all here for you and we all send tons of hugs and prayers.

    One thought that has helped me.....Chewy is only one breath and one heartbeat away from you. It seems so far but it's not.

    Gentle journey, sweetest Chewy.....so lucky to have known so very much love.

    Lighting Candles to guide you on your way where so many of our Guardian Angels wait for you.

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  34. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

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    I'm so very sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace sweet Chewy.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  35. Sherry & Zoe (GA)

    Sherry & Zoe (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss, fly free sweet girl and soft landings. She knew she was loved so very much.

    Hugs to you...many tears here
     
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  36. Carol & Murphy

    Carol & Murphy Well-Known Member

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    I am in tears as well So sorry and prayerful wishes that each day brings you greater peace and comfort in knowing Chewy is healthy now and watching over you Please come back and let us know how you are doing. Hug your two little ones extra tight
     
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  37. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to hear this. RIP little one. Remember the all the good times and the fun she enjoyed.

    Please do not blame yourself. When the anger hits you and it will as it's a natural step in grieving, put the anger where it belongs at the vet for not instructing properly.
     
  38. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    Sending purrs and prayers at this difficult time.
     
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  39. Lisa and Do Lou (GA)

    Lisa and Do Lou (GA) Well-Known Member

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    so very sorry for your loss ((((hug))))
     
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  40. Nancy and Scotty

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    I am so sorry Chewy did not make it, as everyone else has said do not blame yourself, vets just have to start instructing people better in how to deal with this disease and it's not just your vet, it's thousands of them, just remember you were trying to help her and remember the good times.
     
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  41. Suzi_S

    Suzi_S Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been on the board for a few days so I missed this yesterday. I am so sorry for your loss. It is NOT your fault. We didn't recieve much info when our first vet diagnosed Snickers. We came home and started researching everything we could before we even changed her food.

    Sending much love and prayers your way.....
     
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  42. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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    My heart is breaking for you, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Do not blame yourself, you were only trying to do your best to help Chewy, and she knew that, too. And she knew how much she was loved. Fly free, beloved Chewy cat_wings>o

    She will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  43. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    It's terrible news and one that none of us, especially y'all wanted to hear. Sending lots of vines of comfort for you. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  44. BJM

    BJM Well-Known Member

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    Requiem aeternum, Chewy.
    {{hugs}}
     
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  45. Cara and Wynken (GA)

    Cara and Wynken (GA) Member

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    :bighug: Sending thoughts of peace to you at this sad time... :rb_icon:
    Please be gentle with yourselves, Chewy would want you to be! :cat:
     
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  46. Jill & Alex (GA)

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    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.
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    cat_wings>o Fly free dear little Chewy... rest in peace.
     
  47. Cathie and Shaak Ti (GA)

    Cathie and Shaak Ti (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss. May your sweet angel Chewy romp and play with all the other dear pets that have crossed over.
     
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  48. Marlena

    Marlena Well-Known Member

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    Oh my darling, so sorry to hear your dear Chewy is no longer with us!
    We are sanding hugs and prayers and understanding how you feel.
    Marlena & Rocky :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  49. Sharon2665

    Sharon2665 New Member

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    So sorry to hear the news that you lost your sweet Chewy today. Please don't beat yourself up. Cats are the hardest animals to tell how they are feeling and what is going on with them. Chewy knows you did the best that could be done for her and it may have just been her time to go over the rainbow bridge. Sounds like she had many years of great and loving care from you and you know she knew that. RIP sweet Chewy.
     
  50. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that are adequate.
     
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  51. Tuxedo Mom

    Tuxedo Mom Well-Known Member

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    I am so so sorry that Chewy has crossed the bridge. I wish I could reach out and hug you and take away the pain. Keep your special memories close to your heart to give you strength and comfort as you grieve through this sad time.

    :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
     
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  52. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

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    I am so very sorry Chewey has crossed the bridge. All of our GA kitties are lining up to greet Chewey.
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    Grief is a long and difficult journey but is a sign of great love. Fly safely sweet one and send your beloved bean a sign when you are able.
     
  53. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to hear the news that Chewy lost this last battle, but know in your heart that she knew you loved her and will watch over you from the Bridge until it's time for you to be with her forever.
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  54. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace little Chewy.
     
  55. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    I just came upon this thread by reading someone's condo. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I could feel your love for Chewy and I'm sure she knew as well. Rest in peace little girl.
     
  56. Yvette10

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    :bighug: So sorry for you loss!
     
  57. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry. My heart beak for you, Fly free little one. Your mommy will forever love you.

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  58. Robyn and Penny

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  59. suki & crystal (GA)

    suki & crystal (GA) Well-Known Member

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    My deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet Chewy, fly free little one and land softly.cat_wings>o

    :bighug: to you and your fiance at this sad time.
     
  60. Tara & Ivana (GA)

    Tara & Ivana (GA) Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to read about Chewy, rest in peace little one:rb_icon:
     
  61. Myfurchildren

    Myfurchildren New Member

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    You're all truly incredible people. Thank you all so much for your warm hugs, wishes, and words. The past 3 days have been a nightmare, and we're still in a fog this has happened...

    Kitty parents are a special kind of breed, and the undying love and affection of all of you on this forum goes far beyond that.

    I spent the day going through all of my old laptops to find pictures of her, so I figured I'd post a few to share just how beautiful she was!

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  62. Tara & Ivana (GA)

    Tara & Ivana (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Awww, just gorgeous!
     
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  63. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful girl! Thank you for posting these!
     
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  64. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    Oh, so beautiful and to soon gone. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  65. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

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    Such a ham for the camera. She's beautiful.
     
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  66. Mum of two felines

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    Beautiful kitty! Thanks. For posting.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  67. Vyktors Mum

    Vyktors Mum Well-Known Member

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    Such a beautiful kitty, so so sad :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    RIP Chewy :rb_icon:
     
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  68. Marje and Gracie

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    So gorgeous and she looked so happy. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  69. Sharon14

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    What a beautiful girl!
     
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  70. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Awwww she's gorgeous....and I use "is" on purpose....she's still with you, you just have to hug her differently now.

    I hope you'll read this fable. It will make you cry, but as you'll see, they are "healing tears". It's official title is "The Loving Ones", but I like to call it "You have Chosen Tears"

    If you happen to be on Facebook, there are a lot of people who have sent you messages of comfort in the Feline Diabetes group.
     
  71. jayla-n-Drevon

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  72. Janet and Izzy (GA)

    Janet and Izzy (GA) Member

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    My heart breaks for you. I"m so, so, incredibly sorry for your loss.
     
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  73. Peggy & Oliver

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    Chewy was a very beautiful kitty. She was lucky to have been loved so much. My sympathies.
     
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  74. Lydia--(Rosie & Basil) GA

    Lydia--(Rosie & Basil) GA Well-Known Member

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    I'm so sorry to read this. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your sweet and beautiful Chewy.
     
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  75. Voula

    Voula Well-Known Member

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    My deepest condolences to you and your fiance on the loss of your beloved Chewy.
     
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  76. Cathie and Shaak Ti (GA)

    Cathie and Shaak Ti (GA) Well-Known Member

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    she is a beautiful kitty.
     
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  77. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    I cried when I read your so sad news. I am desperately sorry for your loss.

    Chewy is beautiful. She will always be beautiful and she will always be in your hearts. And she knows how very much you love her.

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  78. Gill & George

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    I am so sorry for your loss, your story has brought tears to my eyes.
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    Fly free sweet Chewy:rb_icon::rb_icon::rb_icon:
    Gill
     
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  79. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    I really need to say this: your vet failed you. Spectacularly.

    I am awfully sad about Chewy. My heart goes out to you and your fiancé.

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  80. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Well-Known Member

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    She still IS beautiful and will remain so in your memory and heart. Because of that, she will never be truly gone.
     
  81. Melanie and Smokey

    Melanie and Smokey Well-Known Member

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    Your girl is beautiful, I am so sorry for the outcome :(

    Remember those beautiful moments, not the worry or guilt over what happened, you did everything you knew at the time to do. I can look back at every one I have lost and wish I did something differently, but know that isn't fair to their memory. Instead I have taken those thoughts forward to make me a better pet parent to my other babies and the fosters that have followed.

    God speed and angel wings Chewy. cat_wings>oLand softly.
     
  82. pat121

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    This has touched all of us. We all try to do the best for our babies, and this is just SO unfair.

    If there is a "good" in any of this (and when losing your baby, I find little "good") is that is might have saved a few/many other kitties and parents from this. Chewy went much too soon, but never EVER blame yourself.

    Vets are not God, nor are they perfect. They learn most of their stuff from textbooks, and I guess in order to be a doctor/Vet, they have to be slightly arrogant and believe they are right, otherwise they'd be a mess every time a patient crossed over. And, since most of us are untrained, it's learning by trial and error. Again, we all try our best, but being untrained parents, we don't always spot an issue until it's too late.

    Be kind to yourself. Chewy loved you and so do all of us
     
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  83. Chrys & Stomper

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    Chewy is just beautiful. RIP little one. I'm so very sorry for your loss :(
     
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  84. Christie & Willie (GA)

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    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. In tears here knowing how close I was to a similar situation when my Willie was first diagnosed over 5 years ago. It was only by luck that I'd happened up on this board beforehand. Just from your posts, I can tell the Chewy lived a life knowing love, comfort and care...and that's all we can ask for. Be kind to yourselves as you grieve. Know that you did the best you could for your beautiful girl...and know that she knows this too. *hugs*
     
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  85. Myfurchildren

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    I must say, if anything is helping me through this, it's the overwhelming response and support from all of you.

    This forum is truly a godsend that has the ability to influence and change so many lives, for both those with and without fur.

    @Chris & China i am on Facebook and I will absolutely check out the Feline Diabetes Group. Knowing there is so much support out there for parents helping their fur babies through this is so comforting.

    I hope to goodness I never have to endure any of my kitties having this diagnosis again, but for my own sake and the well-being of all my future little ones, I am educating myself on all aspects of it so we ARE prepared.
     
  86. Critter Mom

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    I'm glad that we are able to give you some small shred of comfort at this desperately sad time. We will be here for you as long as you need us.

    One of the best things I can think of to do for you right now is to point you in the direction of the best site on the web for feline nutrition. It's vet-authored, highly respected, and many, many of us wish we had found it when our fur children were kittens.

    http://catinfo.org/

    Some of my little ones might not have lost their lives prematurely and maybe my Saoirse might have avoided her pancreatitis and diabetes problems if I had found the site sooner.


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  87. Dawn and Peek-a-Boo (GA)

    Dawn and Peek-a-Boo (GA) Member

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    Your little Chewy lived to be a 13-14 year old cat....that speaks volumes on the type of cat mom you were.

    You decided to be proactive in treating Chewy's diabetes.

    You sought help immediately after finding her in that state.

    The grief you express is almost palpable...

    I'm so very sorry this happened, and I wish we could bring her back to you....but you are a responsible, caring cat mom who loved her cat...we can all see this...Chewy knows that too. cat_wings>o

    Big hugs to you,
    Dawn
     
  88. Marlena

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    She is so adorable!
    Million hugs to you.
    Marlena
     
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  89. Mogmom and Goofus

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    I'm so sorry, I was hoping and praying that all would work out right.
    RIP Chewy! cat_wings>o
     
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  90. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    She is beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss.
     
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  91. KarenRamboConan

    KarenRamboConan Senior Member Moderator

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    My heart goes out to you at this time of incredible loss. There are no words except to say how very sorry I am. May you find some comfort in knowing that Chewy was very loved- and knew it- and that she loved you in return. Many, many tears are being shed around the world with yours, and many hearts ache for your pain.

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  92. Mum of two felines

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    Oh, so many tears for you and your little family.
     
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  93. Nervous Pervis and Terri

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    So sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Chewy. May she rest in peace.
     
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  94. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    :rb_icon: Farewell, beautiful Chewy. You are much loved. Soar high on your new golden wings and land safely in your family's hearts.

    In deepest sympathy,
    Ella & Edward, Rusty, and Stu (Gone Ahead, and, with all our GAs welcoming Chewy to the Rainbow Bridge, where she will be in "good paws" until you meet again)
     
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  95. Olive & Paula

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    @Myfurchildren

    Thought I'd let you know. I can not express in word fitting enough as to how I feel.

    Someone in Texas has shared Chewy's story on FB. This has touched and angered so many there is no doubt in my mind Chewy will save others.

    Please remember the good and there is a whole community here to help in anyway we can.
     
  96. Julia & Bandit

    Julia & Bandit Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry about Chewy. It just breaks my heart to hear about what happened. :-( Chewy had a wonderful life and was loved very much, and that is what matters most.
     
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  97. Will&Laura

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    I am SO sorry about Chewy. Praying for peace and healing for your family. We could have been in your shoes just last weekend. Our vet ordered 2 units of Lantus and gave the first dose in the office and told us to give 2 units every 12 hours with no mention of home testing. Thank God I had found this forum beforehand and had advice from @Chris & China , @Larry and Kitties and countless others on this Forum encouraging me to home test and not to shoot if too low. I cannot tell you how much my heart breaks for you and how close to home this hits for us. Please know you did EVERYTHING with in your power to help Chewy and you trusted your Vet as we all believe we should be able to do. Unfortunately I think Vets just don't have the knowledge and experience needed when it comes to diabetes. I shared your story on Facebook in hopes that some other precious kitty may be saved by Chewy's tragic story. Words cannot express my sympathy to you and your family. :rb_icon:cat_wings>o
     
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  98. Critter Mom

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    Thinking of you ...

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  99. Myfurchildren

    Myfurchildren New Member

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    Thank you all so much :(:(:(. We miss our little girl everyday, and it doesn't get easier. I can only pray that this catastrophe can help raise awareness of the seriousness of this disease.

    People take HUMAN diabetes so seriously -- this shouldn't be any different.
     
  100. Megan & Oren

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    So heartbroken at your story and your loss. I add to the chorus of don't beat yourself up. Your love for Chewy is obvious and palpable; may your heart eventually feel only the warmth of good memories of her. Fly free from pain sweet Chewy, knowing you are loved always. She is a beauty. Gentle hugs to you and your family. :bighug::bighug:cat_wings>o
    Megan & Oren
     
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