Putting Ellie Mae to sleep

by Chip

We got Ellie, a gentle, friendly,loving part of our family 14 years ago, when she was four. Her days were numbered at the Humane Society, everyone wanted a kitten and not a mature cat. But when we peered through the glass looking at kittens, Ellie suddenly awoke and bounded over to us, she followed us as we passed by her. We returned to look at this sweet cat that seemed to want us so badly. We took her home that day. She wasn't de clawed, but never scratched anyone, not once. She used to visit the kids at the day care playground behind our house, tail up in a friendly manner, she trotted to the kids, as they yelled "Ellie! It's Ellie!",and she let them all pat her.

A couple months ago she began to lose weight, we were concerned the two younger cats we have were stealing her food, and began giving her good wet cat food in a room where the others couldn't steal from her. She was as energetic as ever, some days rolling around on the floor with a smile on her face, running full speed around the house (happy).

To make a long story short, we took her to the Vet. They X-rayed her, the next day she began to stagger and mouth breathe, we rushed her to the Vet. They said her liver was shot, as well as her kidney and had heart damage due to the massive infection. She was dying, and suffering. The Vet, and another Vet, both strongly suggested she be put to sleep. I had to think and think, but looking into her eyes, I saw she wasn't responding (blind?). I had to sign a form, they brought her in the exam room wrapped in a blanket, with an IV in her leg, we petted her, talked to her and she was sweet and well mannered as ever, finally they gave her a shot thru the IV, and slowly our beloved friend went to sleep. The Vet asked me if I was OK before giving her the shot, I choked out "OK"...and she drifted off forever.

I had a spinal fusion and chronic pain, when I was in too much pain I went to bed, who came to the bedroom to cheer me up? Ellie did, always,
sat on my chest, stared at me and purred until I felt better. She never once failed to visit anyone in the family who was sick, not once, she knew when someone was hurting and sad...she was gray/orange with stripes, and a bit of white fur around her eyes and mouth..makeup we used to call it. It was two weeks ago that we lost her, but just this morning I awoke, tears in my eyes...I guess it finally hit me, she's gone from us and in heaven. Even our German Shepherd liked her, and looked for her for days...never had a pet like Ellie Mae. Rest In Peace Girl.

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Jul 25, 2011
Sorry for your loss
by: Vera Sandul

I am so sorry for your loss. I understand what you are going through, I just took my kitty Tail, to the vet last Friday to be dematted and that never happened. The vet called me into the office and said that my cat was dying and had to be put to sleep. She said that they had discovered a large tumor in his esophagus and was dying of suffocation. I completely lost it for as i told you i just took him in to be shaved. he showed no signs of illness. My sister had to sign the paper for me for i was completely shattered. He was my best buddy and had him for 11 years. I completely feel your grief, and hope that you will feel better in time.

Mar 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

I am very sorry for your loss. I have had my cat for 16, almost 17 years, and he means everything to me. You have courage that I hope I have when it is his time. I'm sure your little friend was happy to know that you were there at the end.

Feb 23, 2011

I had to put my cat of 18 years down about three months ago. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Tommy was such a good cat. He looked a lot like your Ellie Mae.

I'm thinking about getting a new cat but that won't replace Tommy. He used to jump in my bed ever morning, take his paw, and pat me on the forehead. That was his signal of ~ "Hey get your lazy butt up. I'm hungry." If I ignored him he would start licking my hand. Sometimes I just like to play games with him and ignore him. Then he would jump up on my chest and stare into my face.

I know you will miss Ellie Mae for a long time. Cats are really a gift from heaven.

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