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goodbye Emily

Folks who have been reading this LJ for years will have seen many pictures of Emily, who is the cat I had the longest, and she was my baby. I'm sad to report that she died last Thursday morning.





(Seen above: a very familiar view.)

What I didn't relate back in the summer when I posted about Morgan's passing is that during that same week, Emily was deathly ill with kidney failure. The good news at the time was that while Morgan also suddenly went downhill so quickly that I had to put her to sleep, Emily rallied, even though in the course of various tests we discovered that she had only one functioning kidney (and who knew how long that had been the case); it had gotten a severe infection, but it cleared up with treatment (better than a tumor, though, which was the initial fear). So even as I lost Morgan, I still had Emily, although I had to give her fluids twice a day from then onward.

I guess the upshot was that the kidney infection probably put such a severe strain on the remaining kidney that it didn't last that much longer. Last week she became ill again and went downhill really rapidly, despite our attempting the same treatments as had worked in the summer. I had already decided Wed. night that I was taking her to the vet in the morning, but when I woke up, she was gone. I had at least gotten one last good night with her to say goodbye.

I miss her terribly. She was just the best cat, as everyone who ever met her will agree. I don't really have any regrets. I am grateful for the time I had with her, and every day gave her whatever attention she demanded (which was often a lot), because you never know.

It's very weird in my house right now. I haven't lived without a cat in the house since like 1990. I will not wait long to get new cats. (I had already sort of been looking for a friend for Emily, although I'm glad I didn't get one, so I could focus on her at the end.) But Emily will always be irreplaceable.

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okojosan
Nov. 3rd, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear she's passed, though I was aware she was ill. She was a great cat and I loved her Adventure Cat photos where she walked around on leash. R.I.P. Emily and *hugs* for you.
barkley
Nov. 3rd, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. She looks like the sweetest cat. {{}}
minnow1212
Nov. 4th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
thegrrrl2002
Nov. 4th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
So sorry about your kitty! ::hugs you up:: What sweet face--she was such a beautiful cat. My condolences to you.
destina
Nov. 4th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm so sorry for your loss.
rednikki
Nov. 4th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
keiko_kirin
Nov. 4th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
What a beauty she was! Very sorry for your loss.
flower_star
Nov. 4th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Holly. It's wonderful that she could pass away in her own home, on her own terms while you were nearby, though.
jenlev
Nov. 7th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
She was so very special and you did amazingly by her. I know we emailed, but I wanted to reiterate this here as I'm finally online today. Many gentle hugs and much love.
raqs
Nov. 9th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

She was a great cat.

I'm so glad you took her.
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