Update on Max (2005-2019)

Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Giomax, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Giomax

    Giomax Member

    Dec 29, 2018
    Hey, all. It's been awhile since I've been on here but I wanted to make an official post.

    Max passed away a few weeks ago on May 5th.

    He was just getting worse and worse and nothing was helping. He had ultrasounds and xrays and all kinds of blood work and the vet never really suspected cancer, but I think it was either pancreatic cancer or intestinal lymphoma. The vet kept saying pancreatitis and IBD but he was on such a steady decline and not responding to any treatment so I think it had to be something bigger. We didn't do any biopsies because....well, what would the point have been? Cancer has no cure and the vet was very against putting him on any kind of chemo given his current state of health. He was skeletal, his tummy was bloated all the time, all he did was drink and pee and drink and pee (even with the insulin), he was anemic, could hardly walk due to neuropathy, and toward the end he flat out refused to eat. His last few days I had to syringe feed him a slurry I made which he hated. We tried anti-nausea, B12 injections, Zobaline, probiotics, buprenex for pain, appetite stimulants, anti-inflammatory and of course the insulin. Nothing seemed to help and I couldn't stand to watch my boy suffer anymore--to cry and tell me he was hungry and then turn around and refuse to eat. To watch him waste away. It broke my heart.

    I called my vet and he made a house call and Max passed very peacefully in my room surrounded by love and familiarity. No car ride, no vet visit. We cuddled on my bed and he went off to sleep. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. He's buried now in a beautiful, green backyard and I've planted flowers and catnip all around him. I miss him so much every day and I wish we could've had more years together but I'm happy now that he's at peace.

    Thanks so much for all of the advice and support you guys have given me. ♡♡

    (P.S. please no posting about the "rainbow bridge" as I don't believe such a place exists and the whole idea has never made sense to me and doesn't bring me any kind of peace or comfort to think about. Thanks for understanding.)
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  2. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2015
    So sorry for your loss and it was his time to leave. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  3. Ti-Mousse

    Ti-Mousse Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2018
    I'm so sorry for you. What a loss!! I remember your little Max as we joined about the same time! At least he passed away at home on your (his) bed with you near him; it was a calm and loving moment. He's not suffering anymore and is with you now and will always be. Nice that you could burry him in your garden!
    Thinking of you and Max :bighug: :bighug:
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  4. nslade001

    nslade001 Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2018
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with love, Nikki.
  5. Crista & Ming

    Crista & Ming Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2018
    I’m so sorry to hear about Max. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug: Max’s burial site sounds lovely and beautiful.
  6. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Your dear Max died peacefully in your arms knowing that he was much loved.
    We are very sorry for your loss.
  7. Moms2Tigger&Blu

    Moms2Tigger&Blu Member

    Jul 23, 2018
  8. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Oh I am so sorry it was Max's time to leave you. Such a difficult decision to have to make. It was so obvious how much you loved that beautiful boy. My heart aches for the pain you are experiencing now. Hugs to you. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  9. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    So sorry for your loss. It does sound like cancer. :bighug:
  10. Joanne&TinySole

    Joanne&TinySole Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    You were a great cat parent and loved Max fully. In the end, that is the greatest gift anyone could give or receive. May your heart heal via the love and memories you shared. ❤❤❤
  11. Tracey&Jones (GA)

    Tracey&Jones (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2016
    I am sorry you has to say good bye to your dear friend. Sending you serenity and peace so the heart can heal.
  12. Maymay

    Maymay Member

    Dec 9, 2018
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. After you helped me, I've been following you and Max, and I know you made a tremendous effort and did all you could for him. It sounds like you made the right decision, and although I know it hurts terribly right now, I hope you can find peace in the knowledge that he had a good kitty life and many happy years being loved by you.
  13. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    I am so sorry to hear about Max, you did everything you could and then gave him the ultimate gift of love
    I wish you peace
  14. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I'm so sorry. Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  15. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    So very sorry that it was Max's time.:bighug::bighug:
  16. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2015
    I’m so very sorry you’ve lost your boy. You did the last loving act for him to set him free of his pain and suffering.
    What a great vet to come to your house. :bighug:
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  17. Sonia & Leo

    Sonia & Leo Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2018
    I'm so sorry for the your loss of your sweet little Max. :bighug:
  18. Jill & Scooter

    Jill & Scooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2018
    Very sorry for your loss of sweet Max. So nice your vet would come to you. I’m sure he knew how very much you loved him.
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  19. Susan&Felix

    Susan&Felix Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    I'm so sorry for your loss. You gave Max such loving care, including the gentlest of goodbyes. Wishing you peace and comfort.:bighug:
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  20. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

    Feb 28, 2012
    I am so sorry you lost your beautiful boy Max. :bighug: May memories of better times with him help your pain.
  21. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    I am so sorry for your loss. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:

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