Thurston, 1999 – 2013

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I adopted Thurston, along with his littermate Charley, shortly after they were born in December 1999. My beloved tabby has been my constant companion for 13 years. He slept right next to me every night, and as you can see from the photo above, often liked to rest his chin right on my face.

Thurston loved to fetch fake mice in his younger days, and to cuddle up close with his brother in their cat bed or any comfy piece of furniture. Just recently he had begun to accept treats and petting from my two year-old son. He was the sweetest cat ever. He literally wouldn’t hurt a fly – all bug or mouse hunting had to be performed by Charley. He was kind of neurotic, and had issues with canned food, and was very clingy. He loved people (but me most of all) and I would always refer to him as “pure love covered in fur.” He was extremely handsome.

Last night at 3 AM we were woken up by a terrible yowling. I had to take Thurston to an emergency vet where it was determined that he had suffered a blood clot and had a heart arrhythmia; he couldn’t use his hind legs and was having trouble breathing and was clearly in pain. The vet gave him a tremendous dose of pain medication, but he still cried and cried. She said this condition was very difficult to treat and it would be nearly impossible to manage Thurston’s pain, so we decided to end his suffering. I held him and told him I loved him.

Thanks to anyone who ever cat-sat, petted, or just admired Thurston from afar. He couldn’t have been more loved or pampered, and he will be dearly missed.

11 thoughts on “Thurston, 1999 – 2013

  1. It’s peachypie, love. I am so sorry. He sounds a lot like my Peach. Hugs to you and your family.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Just remember your love gave him a better life and even though it hurts now y’all gave each other peace.

  3. I am sorry for your loss, you did the best for him and you LOVED him for 13 years (hugs)

  4. This is so sweet–I love the side note to “all who admired him from afar”. xoxoxoxo

  5. I can’t begin to say how sorry I am, especially to lose him so suddenly. It’s clear you both gave each other so much joy in your lives.

  6. That’s pretty awful! I am so sorry to read about your loss (and its circumstances!

    When I visited my vet recently, he told me that my cat has a heart murmur. When I asked what they do about that, he mentioned an Echo cardiogram ($475) plus a check X-ray ($175). If they confirmed a heart murmur, then heart meds to manage the disease. He said that older cats with heart murmurs, frequently throw clots. What usually happens is what your poor cat experienced (sudden, painful hind leg paralysis related to the clots). There are no guarantees though.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss…I just Lost my Buddy, Best Friend Bacardi last night…He had a Blot Clot as well, He was 8 years old…He was having trouble after a cortisone shot last week for an eye allergy…after that things went down hill…I thought he was getting better, but out of nowhere the blood clot hit…He came up on my bed, Laid on my chest and was rubbing on my face…next he stepped off onto the bed and began to clean himself but his legs didnt move right..his back hind legs went limp…I was shattered…i rushed his to 24 hr vet and they told me he had a blood clot…I was devasted…I had to put my buddy down…I am sitting out on my porch as i right this and i look to the sliding door and he is not there…he was always there waiting for me to come in and head to bed…I dread going into the bedroom to sleep without him…it sucks…I pray as time goes on it will get easierr…but for now i really miss my buddy Bacardi…

  8. My condolences. I’m glad Thurston had a loving home for may years. Losing them is the worst.
    Randy – I’m so sorry about Bacardi. What a shock for you & he was much too young.
    It’s so hard to lose them & a clot is so sudden. Very sorry.

  9. I feel for your loss….and I understand it.

    I had my Moki, also, for 13 years. I also had to let his go due to health reasons. As much as I wanted to keep him just one day longer, it would have been crewel. Though, the only real difference is I had to let my best friend go 10 hours after my daughter was born.

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  11. I’m so sorry to read of Thurston’s passing. It’s hard enough when they are older and you can be somewhat prepared–harder yet when it comes out of the blue. It sounds like he had an amazing life with you. Sending you thoughts of peace, and I’m glad to read that Charley is there to comfort you.

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