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Going from bad to worse: Our beloved cat Steffi isn't going to live very long anymore. 1 year would be the absolute most, the vet said. But if she doesn't get better until the end of this week, she'll be put to sleep on Friday.

This comes as a total surprise to us all. Sure, she isn't the youngest anymore and she got pretty skinny these last months, but she doesn't have any pain, she's as lively as ever and when we took her to the vet in February, everything was okay. Now, nothing is okay anymore. She has a tumor which can't be removed because she wouldn't even survive the anesthesia.

We have a medicine for her now that should make her eat more and get a little better. If she gets better until Friday, maybe, just maybe the vet can remove the tumor. But if not... Well, she could practically die every day now.

And of course this all has to happen right before our trip to Iceland! Canceling the trip is not an option, my sister and I waited our whole life for this oppertunity and it's a dream come true. But I don't want to leave our poor little Steffi home either! What if she dies or has to be put to sleep during the three weeks that we're gone? I don't want her to die all alone, with just the vet and our catsitter to keep her company!

So there's really just one option: This Friday, we have to make a decision. Three days after my birthday.

I don't think there will be a drabble or a writing update today. I don't really feel like it, to be honest.


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Jul. 28th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* I know how it feels to face that decision over a beloved pet. I'm so sorry everything is piling up on you at the moment, I just hope things will get better, that Steffi will improve and that you'll be able to enjoy your trip.
Jul. 29th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I never had to make a decision like this - our guinea pigs simply died when they were old.
Well, things can only get better from here. At least I hope so.
Jul. 29th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
I hope so!

It's a tough decision, I had to make it for my eight and a half year old rabbit last year, but I know I did what was best for him, that's some comfort.

I've had many guinea pigs, they're my pet of choice! I'd have guinea pigs now if I didn't have mum to look after.
Jul. 29th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
That's true. It would be selfish to let our beloved pets suffer for a long time just because we don't want to let go of them.

Guinea pigs were my first pets, we got them when I was in primary school :) But to be honest, I find them a bit, well, boring xD But I'd love to have rats one day. Maybe they will be my next pets. But for now, there's still Steffi and we'll enjoy our last time with her without thinking too much about the future. *sob*
Jul. 29th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Yes, make the most of the time you have with Steffi.

Guinea pigs are actually really smart, can be trained over small jumps and taught other tricks.
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