Our Unexpected loss of Tiger
by Elaine, Jaime, Viorel
(Thunder Bay, Ontario)
October 13, 1996 I found Tiger as a 2 month old kitten crying in a thistle bush. I brought him home,fed him our Thanksgiving turkey and bathed him as he was the dirtiest kitten I had ever seen.
No one claimed him so we adopted him. He was such a affectionate boy, had a different ritual with each of us.
Christmas 2006 he became very ill, we took him into the Vet to find out he was diabetic and had severe Ketoacidosis and they didn't think he would survive. We told them to do what ever needed to be done to help him get better. Tiger started to improve in hours and came home 2 days later on insulin. They Vet told us he will need it for the rest of his life. One month later Tiger was off the insulin and diet controlled. To this day the Vet was amazed as he stayed that way.
May 10th 2012 my son found Tiger on the floor gasping for breath. He had been fine the night before and at 7 that morning. We rushed him to the Vet and he was immediately put on oxygen. She came back to tell us he she couldn't give us a definite diagnosis but the tests will stress him and cause more trauma and end in death. She gave us possible reasons for this sudden illness, heart failure, blood clot in his lungs, tumour,.... none of it was good. She said he would died in 24 to 48 hours. We had to make the decision to put an end to the suffering and have him put down.
He was so weak, breathing was becoming more difficult so just after noon, my husband, son and myself were holding, petting, talking, and kissing him as the Vet put him down. 5 seconds and it was over.
The grief is unbearable, my son and I cry often, we miss Tiger so much. My husband had to remove all Tiger's things and seek out every bit of hair to keep us from crying. Still it doesn't get any better.
I feel guilty for signing the papers to put him down. My son feels guilty for carrying him to the Vet..... The grief just goes on and on.....
We miss and love Tiger so much!