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December 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm #605954
I’ve seen recommendations for Home Pet Vet. Has anyone used “A Peaceful Parting”? Other suggestions? Looking for a service that will also provide individual cremation.
Thanks.December 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm #780016
westcoastdebParticipantDecember 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm #780017
When I had to say goodbye to my kitty cat Annie, Lien Animal Clinic provided a house call so she passed quietly in my arms. Afterwards, they kindly took care of her and I was able later on to pick up her ashes from them. They also surprised me with a very thoughtful permanent memory, a plaster casting of one of her paw prints. The staff at the clinic was unfailing kind throughout Annie’s final illness and afterwards as I dealt with the remaining details and pick up of her ashes.
I only vaguely recall the specifics of making the decision about cremation, many of these final decisions are clouded in my mind by emotions. I do remember I selected the option for individual cremation along with the choice of the container for her ashes.
This may not be the least expensive option, for me it was worth the cost to have her so well cared for at the end.December 19, 2012 at 1:43 am #780018
I had to put my Miss Kitty down this past June. After much thought and several phone calls, I decided to use Lien Animal Clinic. Even though they had never seen Miss Kitty before, you would never have known it by the way they took care of her. The tenderness and compassion they showed helped with the transition for both of us.
A few months later, I came upon a little throwaway kitty that was terribly thin, missing half of her fur and unfortunately had a tumor in her tummy. Again the compassion the Lien staff showed to this little homeless creature was beyond measure. Her last moments were spent being held and taken care of by people who believed she mattered.
I cannot say enough good things about them.December 19, 2012 at 1:49 am #780019
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Sadly, my sweet, beloved, long-time kitty companion crossed the bridge about an hour ago.December 19, 2012 at 2:01 am #780020December 19, 2012 at 2:26 am #780021
I am so sorry for the loss of your kitty. It is so very hard to lose a pet, especially this time of year. I hope you can find comfort in memories and in knowing your kitty is not suffering anymore. :(
I also wanted to add for other people on this thread who might be looking for information on this topic that we recently had our beloved dog euthanized at home. Dr. Gomez from West Seattle Animal Hospital did this for us. It is more expensive, but was worth it to give our girl a peaceful goodbye. The entire staff at this clinic were wonderful throughout our dog’s illness and I cannot say enough positive things about them. After she passed, we received a lovely card from the entire staff offering us condolences. They are good people and excellent vets.December 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm #780022December 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm #780023December 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm #780024December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm #780025December 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm #780026December 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm #780027
Poem For Cats
And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.
Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.
But don’t they understand? Asked God
That you’ll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is….forever and ever and ever.
Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am….forever and ever and ever.
Author UnknownDecember 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #780028
What a very nice poem. So very sorry for your loss, anonyme. You have my sympathy as I just went through this myself and know the feeling all too well. Take care.December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm #780029December 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm #780030
I am so very sorry. The memories you have of your kitty will make you sad right now, but eventually they will lift you up and fill you with contentment. Sending hope that will happen in short order.December 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm #780031
Thanks everyone for your kind support. What a wonderful community this is.December 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm #780032
I am so sorry for your loss. We had to put our cat down last week and used Peaceful Partings and would highly recommend them. The vet came to the house and was very sensitive to how difficult it was for us to loose our long time companion. The price was probably a bit higher than the vet but it was worth it not to stress out our cat and to have the privacy of home.December 22, 2012 at 1:27 am #780033
I would have been more than willing to pay the extra cost, but in the end there just wasn’t time. My vet usually offers home visits, but I was told they were “too busy”. One of many things that will haunt me for a long time is the fact my kitty had to be stressed and frightened in her last moments, and had to die on a steel exam table instead of in my arms. I was able to hold her body afterward, but that was really no consolation for either one of us.December 22, 2012 at 3:49 am #780034
Anonyme, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty. And the pain that comes with how it happened.
Your sweet one knew you were there as everything was happening in the last many days and at the end. Your absolute heart was there, and even though you couldn’t be there as your baby passed, she knew and felt you. That kind of love surpasses physical presence. She knew.
Your Poem for Cats is beautiful. A friend from the blog sent me a link from a dog’s perspective when I lost my absolute dog love of my heart last spring. It made me cry mightily and still does at times, but it not only went straight to my heart for where I was at with the loss of my boy, but it also helped me move forward for the new furry-babe that has found his forever home. It helped me heal also.
I wish my trusted docs at Lien had been able to be there to help with my boy’s passing, but it happened in the wee hours overnight with no time to plan or do any other than be there with him. I know that they would have been there no matter what if it hadn’t happened as it did.
For each of the 4 furry family members that I’ve lost as an adult (3 cats and 1 dog), I don’t think I could have guessed how it would happen or made it happen as I wished I could have for each one. Each time, it just happens and there’s only so much you can do along the way no matter how much you try to make it best for the end.
There really is just only so much you can do when the end is there and happening so rapidly, but your heart connecting with your wee one is what matters the most.
Your sweet girl knew you were there with her.
Best wishes to you.
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