RIP Jack the Cat - May 13, 1999-Oct 15, 2011

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Postby Jeff K » 15 Aug 2011, 23:05

He'll know when it's time and from the looks of things, he's planning to stick around for awhile yet.

Hang in there, Jack.
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Postby Magilla » 15 Aug 2011, 23:07

toomanyhatz wrote:he's pretty lethargic and he throws up basically every day, and he continues to get skinnier and skinnier...He's got what I imagine to be a contended smile on his face.


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Postby Beebsy » 15 Aug 2011, 23:35

Funny I was thinking of Jack the other day. What a guy? He's a stubborn wee fella isn't he?

Good man, Jack.

I'm so glad he's in good spirits.

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Postby beenieman » 16 Aug 2011, 01:26

He's got more lives than Edwin Starr.
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Jah told me, 'Son, use the word'
And now I'm as free as a bird

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Postby toomanypillowz » 16 Aug 2011, 01:55

Beebsy wrote:Funny I was thinking of Jack the other day. What a guy? He's a stubborn wee fella isn't he?

Good man, Jack.

I'm so glad he's in good spirits.


He is SO stubborn. xo He is the skinniest animal I've ever seen - he looks like that photo of David Bowie backstage with John & Yoko - but I'm grateful he's still here.

I miss him coming upstairs to cuddle with us at night. :( But that's a long journey for a little kitty. I'm surprised he kept going up and down the stairs as long as he did.
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Postby kath » 17 Aug 2011, 03:23

jack, he be a king among cats. truly. ::smack: to jack.

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Postby Cosmic American Girl » 17 Aug 2011, 05:45

Keep on keepin' on, Jack!

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Postby toomanyhatz » 13 Oct 2011, 19:04

The last few days have not been good. He struggles to get around, has a kind of distant look in his eyes like he's not all there anymore, is as skinny as he's ever been, and he's finally starting to show a noted disinterest in food.

He's surprised us before, and I've never known as tough an animal, so maybe this is just a couple of bad days and he'll be back to his normal sick self, but I'm having an uncomfortable feeling that we're getting near the end for real this time.

A couple of weeks ago he started coming upstairs and climbing up on the bed and sleeping with us after a couple months of mostly staying downstairs, so we got hopeful. But maybe it was just his way of saying goodbye.

Thanks again to everyone, and I hope I'm wrong. I think maybe I'm typing this in part so I can convince myself it's for real so I'll be ready for it. I'll definitely let everyone know one way or another.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 13 Oct 2011, 19:16

so very sorry, hatz.

you must be in a terrible dilemma.

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Postby Belle Lettre » 13 Oct 2011, 19:22

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 13 Oct 2011, 19:38

I'm so sorry man! You know I've been there too not so long ago.

My new boy will never replace Ginger but he fills the emptiness in a good way.

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Postby bobzilla77 » 13 Oct 2011, 22:59

Claude Rains, Ella Guru, Elise & I send our best wishes for Jack as well as you two.
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Postby kath » 14 Oct 2011, 19:04

oh hatz. (and pillowz). sending all my love for the emperor of all catness, jack. ::smack::

p.s. yves, woody is just too adorable for words.

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Postby wilson » 14 Oct 2011, 21:53

We are a good example of being ruled by cats.

But they deserve it.

Good old Jack. He'll be all right, one way or another.

Best wishes!
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Postby toomanyhatz » 14 Oct 2011, 23:13

Appreciate all the good thoughts. We have a vet appointment tomorrow, where we'll have him checked out, and get him hydrated. He might rally a bit once hydrated- it's happened before, but he's never been quite this far gone before.

One thing we do know for sure is, if the vet recommends putting him down, we are definitely not going to do it there and then. If it has to be done, it'll be done in the comfort of his home around the people that love him, not after being crammed into a carrier and forced to go to his least favorite place. So unless he goes on his own (which according to everything I've ever heard, cats hardly ever do), he'll still be around for a few days at least. We'll let everyone know.

Appreciate you referring to him as "heroic," Martha. That's exactly how I think of him. He's faced it with quiet strength and dignity, which is pretty much how he does everything.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 14 Oct 2011, 23:48

No, we don't give him the fluids at home, though it has been discussed as an option. He's usually had more pressing problems, so we just get that done too if he needs it whenever we go in. I'm going to try to do it myself while we're at the vet, so if he's not at death's door (which, as I say, we're completely prepared to be told that he is), we can get the necessary stuff to keep doing it at home as needed.

That's a very touching story about Sydney. I would love it (well, maybe "love" is not quite the right word...but it would be a bit easier) if Jack went that way. He's not demonstratively affectionate in that way- doesn't really like to be held- but I think his favorite way to go would be lying on his blanket with us by his side, gently scratching him under the chin.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 15 Oct 2011, 09:45

Jack just went peacefully on his own, sparing us having to make the horrible decision of how and when to put him to sleep.

I can't imagine a better feline friend. It was an honor to have known him.
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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 15 Oct 2011, 09:56

Just saw it on FB, Dave.

I feel for y'all.


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Postby The Fish » 15 Oct 2011, 09:57

Sorry to hear that Dave. I guess it's some small mercy in a way that you were spared the stress and heartache of having to take that decision, but I guess that's little consolation right now.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 15 Oct 2011, 10:00

Thanks all. I think he lasted as long as he did due to the power of love. I'm amazed and grateful for the amount of love that came from people who never even met him.

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