December 20, 2008

She Took All My Money and Left Me With a Broken Heart

Filed under: Behind the Scenes — Tags: , , , , — ex-boyfriend @ 5:00 pm

The other night, as we were headed up to bed, we discovered our cat, Sadie, was crying and hiding her paw under her chest. Thinking she maybe had fallen and hurt herself, we took her to the emergency room. We expected she might need a cast and we’d wonder how the silly girl could have done this. She was always getting into mischief like this.

Sadie spent all night and the next morning at the ER. The vet told us Sadie’s lungs were full of fluid and that she might not live through the night. She asked if the cat could have been hit by a car. We said it wasn’t possible, she is strictly an indoor cat. We racked our brains trying to imagine what had occurred. Did she fall down the steps? Did she catch pneumonia? Did she inhale gas from the stove? It made no sense.

Twelve hours and $1,500.00 later, the animal hospital said they were ruling out trauma and suspected a heart problem. They suggested we transfer her to a hospital with a cardiology specialist. We drove her to the hospital with the specialist and waited all day to see him. We sat in the waiting room, we stood beside the kennel where they stored Sadie and tried to pet our disconsolate little kitty.

The specialist finally saw her, and told us she had a congenital heart condition that caused blood to trap in her heart and clot. The clots would get out into her body causing things like stroke, paralysis and heart attacks. The injured paw was paralyzed with one of these clots. He told us that sometimes, with medication, cats with this condition can live for a few more years, but it wasn’t certain how well the medication would work or how long she’d get. He told us we could leave her for observation for 24 hours to see if her condition started to improve at all with medication.

We had to try to give Sadie a fighting chance, so even more money was spent. It was more than we could afford but we loved her so dearly, we would have done anything for her. We told her “you have to get better, it’s the least you could do, we’re going to be living on Ramen forever after this.” Sadie just got worse and got more clots. So early this morning we drove back to the hospital to say good bye and put an end to her suffering. She was only three years old.

Words can’t express how much I miss her already.


  1. so sorry about the kitty

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    Comment by Kate — December 29, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  2. I am so sorry. Sending good thoughts your way.

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    Comment by Kelly — January 6, 2009 @ 12:21 am

  3. This is so sad. I’m sorry to hear your news. 3 years is much too young 🙁

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    Comment by Nicola — January 6, 2009 @ 4:57 am

  4. Hi, hedge here from PPK.
    I just want you to know that my heart goes out to you. Losing a beloved family member is never easy but one as young as Sadie is just tragic. You made the right choice, I know it doesn’t really help but you made sure she didn’t suffer and it’s important to remember that.
    I have moments of such extreme grief and I have an empty feeling in my heart quite a lot. If this is what’s meant by heart break then my heart is very much broken.
    Take care of yourself and take comfort from the fact that the short time you did have with Sadie was filled with love and joy.

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    Comment by Jeni Treehugger — January 7, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

  5. Thanks all for your kind thoughts.

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    Comment by ex-boyfriend — January 7, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  6. Really sorry to hear about Sadie. That’s sad news.

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    Comment by James — January 28, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  7. It’s always so hard when you do everything you can, and it’s still not enough. I did CPR for my cat after he got stuck in a wall and we had to cut through to get him out – he’d fallen in such a way that he suffocated because of his position. I still grieve in small ways almost every day, and the guilt is always there that we didn’t get him out soon enough. It’ll take some time, but it will get better. You did everything right, and tried your best. Unfortunately, our best furry friends are very fragile, and sometimes even moving mountains isn’t enough.

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    Comment by Direness — January 28, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

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  10. i just got linked to your site and came across this post. i see that this happened almost 2 years ago, still i cried reading through the the entire article and comments. i too have lost a few fur babies to the rainbow bridge. my heart breaks for you and your loss. although sadie was only 3 years old, i’m certain that she was loved and cared for more than many kitties could hope for. i applaud you and your wife for the volunteer/fostering work you do, in addition to your donations. you are amazing, caring, wonderful people. i wish you two (and your fur babies), the absolute best in life. thank you for the inspiration!!!

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    Comment by meerkatsrock — October 26, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  11. Thanks for the kind words.

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    Comment by ex-boyfriend — October 26, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

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