My little Oreo
Before you start reading I'm sorry its so long. I remember when I first got Oreo she was so small and fuzzy with these big round eyes that didn’t look like cat eyes. She was so funny always climbing everything with no fear. She would look at you with her head tilted to the side with her big round eyes as if in confusion. She loved laying in the sun she was strictly an indoor cat but she had this spot in the bedroom on the corner of the bed next to the window. It has the most sunlight in that one little spot but it was her spot. She was so beautiful like black velvet. She would run around with my other cats always playing. If you went into the bathroom and the door didn’t latch she would push the door open and come right in. If you lay down on your stomach she would climb onto your butt and go to sleep.
Oreo was always a slender cat until the past few months she got a little pudgy. Just assuming that it was because she was only an indoor cat I didn’t really think it was a bad thing. She didn’t always finish her food but I would leave dry food out so I figured she was just eating that. Then she wasn’t as active I mean she was still active playing with the other cats and climbing but certain things she wouldn’t do anymore. It wasn’t until I picked her up one day and noticed she felt much heavier and I mentioned it to my mother and she didn’t understand it a week later my mom said that it looked like her chest and stomach were extended. She stopped eating and would only sleep and she wouldn’t go to her little sunny spot anymore.
We took her to the vet and they couldn’t really tell what was wrong with her either. Her temperature was a little low but not by much her blood work was fine. The only thing was her bladder was very full and she wouldn’t go to the bathroom. They did an x ray and said that there was this mass around her heart but they didn’t know what it was. They wanted to keep her there for a few hours to do more tests and they would call us when they were done. A few hours later we got a phone call from the vet saying that they did a sonogram of her chest. That her heart is too big and very thin she says that she has congestive heart failure and that it’s very serious. The vet said we should consider euthanizing her we asked if there was any medication that could help her and they said we could try something but it’s more meant for dogs. We wanted to try we didn’t want to put her down immediately up until that day she seemed fine. The doctor said we had a 50/50 chance. We took her and the medicine home.
When we got home she just went under the bed eventually she came out and stayed on top. We went to bed and the next morning we gave her, her medicine afterwards she was crying and growling and it was like she was in pain we left the room and came back and she looked okay again. As the day went on she didn’t want to come out from under the bed. When she did I got her to drink some water and we thought maybe she was getting better but she wouldn’t eat. After that the next few hours were awful. She would start crying and moaning and crawling around in so much pain. All we could do was pet her trying to comfort her. That evening she was crawling around under the bed the crying and moaning got so much worse she was panting I felt so guilty it was so cruel. Then she let out these terrible scream like cries and I knew she had a heart attack. We found out that she was probably born with this condition and over time her heart just continued to grow which resulted in her death. I had no idea that there was no cure I thought that the medicine could save her. If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve had her put down even to say that I feel awful. She was only 4 and a 1/2 years old I feel so terrible that I made her die a painful death I feel I was selfish but I thought I could save her. I just feel so guilty did I make the wrong decision by choosing not to take away her life before I knew this would happen to her? I just feel like it’s my entire fault. I just know that I miss my Oreo and I want her back. I just lost her this past Thursday it still feels so bad. I’ve lost pets before but this has never happened to any of my pets before.