We had to say goodbye to Ivan this week.
He came to live with us in the fall of 2009 from an animal rescue in Michigan state. His original family couldn't keep him and he had been living with a foster family. We are unsure of his age, just that he was our kitty for almost 8 years.
When Ivan first moved in, he was so scared, heartbroken & lonely for his family. I promised him he wouldn't have to move again and that we would be his forever family.
Ivan was a Russian Blue cat with polydactyl paws. He was a social cat who loved people and got along well with dogs. He enjoyed cuddling, meowing, playing with his toys, taking naps, hanging out with his canine siblings, and eating.
This week he quit eating and drinking water. Figuring something was wrong, I wrapped him up in a blanket, put him in a carrier, and took a Lyft to the Vet. The Doctor told me what I already knew - but didn't want to admit - that Ivan was dying. Kidney failure. Medical procedures were performed to take away his pain and suffering. The Dr let me stay with Ivan until the very end.
Here are some photos of Ivan through the years:
|This picture is from Ivan's first week with us. |
It was shortly after we moved into our house - before any work on the stairway.
|This bed is where Ivan slept his last night here. His impression is still in the pillow.|