The Cat-Nip Bed In Heaven
Cats who are so close to the end of their lifespan makes for some difficult decision-making. After keeping them as comfortable as possible in their happy hospice you have to decide when your cat's quality of life has diminished considerably. Having them put to sleep, euthanasia, is always a difficult decision for your elderly cat and I've had to make that decision for two of my cats. I know I will face it with my current two cats and it doesn't get any easier. Until that time, I give them all the comfort I can and love and kindness.
Losing a pet can be painful and disruptive to your life and we have decisions to make about their burial. Should we cremate our beloved elderly cat or just find a special box and bury him or her in the family “pet cemetery”? You could mark the burial spot with a nice plaque. It seems too cold and cruel to just take the body to the veterinarian to be destroyed. You may not live in a place where you have your own land to dig in. The best way would be cremation where you can have a special urn for the ashes and can sit that in a special place in your home.
Legend has it that when a beloved pet dies he goes to a place of beauty Over the Rainbow Bridge. When our loving special elderly cat dies, we like to find ways to cope. The rainbow bridge has been one of the ways many people think about their pet when they pass on. Going on to the beautiful field of cat-nip over the rainbow bridge in the sky. We will see them when we die which can help take away the fears of our own death. We tend to mourn secretly because other people might not understand why we are so close to that living, breathing little being. So we hold back tears and go on with life even though the loss was just like losing a son or daughter. The hurt is the same. So our never-ending time and effort we spent getting their happy hospice room ready and keeping it up to our elderly cat’s standards has now come to an end. We have the pain-staking task of taking apart the room and possibly feeling a little guilty about it.
Here are a few special quotes I like:
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
“It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.” Nick Trout
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