I’m in Pain So She Didn’t Have To Be.

I made a very difficult decision yesterday.  So no post today.


Cleo 1998 – 2018

She was a really good cat.





  1. Mike says:

    Such a difficult decision to make, I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Amy Watson says:

    I’m so sorry Karen, it is one of the hardest things we have to do. Consider a black cat, or an orange tabby. Those are the sweetest cats.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Brenda Watts says:

    Karin, I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how long you have them it is not long enough, my heart just breaks for you.

  4. Sandra says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you regarding your beloved Cleo. Cherish her memoriesof the good times within your heart.

  5. Caroline A Gray says:

    I’m sorry, Karen. We add our hearts to you now.

  6. Linda Kent says:

    So sorry for your loss!!!!:((

  7. Kim C says:

    Oh gosh, so sorry. :(

  8. Leisa Daly says:

    So sorry :(

  9. Dave says:

    So sorry Karen, one of the toughest things in life we have to do.
    Be at Peace for her.

  10. Deb says:

    I’m so sorry Karen. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to such a special friend.

  11. Kelle Evans says:

    I am so sorry.

  12. Charlotte Landon says:

    You gave her one last gift for all she gave to you. And I know that she knows and is grateful.

  13. MichelleR says:

    Till you meet again at the Rainbow Bridge 🌈🐱👱‍♀️

  14. Eileen says:

    Having been through the loss of pets, the heartbreak comes back in sympathy for your loss. Aren’t pets the most wonderful thing God has ever made. Personality with no judgement. I’m so sorry.

  15. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Hugs Karen. Been there, feeling the pain with ya.

  16. Mary Ann Evans says:

    So very very sad may Cleo forever be pain free!

  17. Thera says:

    Had to make the same decision on March 21, crying for and with you, my deepest sympathies.

  18. Anita says:

    so sorry for your loss.
    it is the worst part about being a furmom

  19. I can relate. I had to make the same decision on Wednesday and have been crying ever since. My 15 year old Bernese Harley who has been my greatest friend, supporter, and cuddler left for the other side where I’m certain he is better off and where your Cleo is also.

  20. KiwiKat says:

    I’m so sorry you had to make the final decision for Cleo. Furry hugs from my fur-kids, Hedda and Iggy.

  21. Jill says:

    Sincere condolences.

  22. Mari says:

    It seems that I “internet know” a whole whack of people who have had to make this terrible choice recently. It’s a horrible, awful choice to have to make – my heart breaks for you. I know that when I had to make the choice I felt like I had a kitty shaped hole in my heart and my life. I didn’t last long before finding another companion. Something about sweet purrs and fluffy kitty butts just makes my day a tiny bit brighter. <3

  23. Lez says:

    You’re a brave & strong lady, that as always, did the right thing.
    Give yourself as much time to grieve as you need.
    Go into the garden, hug your feather babies, & cry, until there are no more tears left.
    You & Cleo were blessed to have each other, hold onto that.
    Much love xxx

  24. Dr. James McCleary says:

    I am a veterinarian for 47 years. I had to put my 15-year-old lad to sleep last November. Nothing makes it easy for us but it does make it easy for them. It is the one privileged we have.

  25. Jim says:

    I know that pain. So sorry for you.


  26. Liz says:

    I’m so sorry.
    She was a beautiful cat and the care you gave her shows how loved she was.
    I feel for you and know the pain you are going back through.
    I’m writing this with our 18 year old Lilac Point Burmese on my lap, she’s running out of lives and I dread the day we’ll have to make the final trip to the vet’s.

  27. Carrie says:

    So sorry for your loss Karen. It’s such a hard decision to make but done out of love. I know this feeling well. Hold on to your memories and remember the love that was given and received!
    Cats are so loving and so family oriented….. I have 4 fur babies🐱 and although it hurts to lose them, I would never give up the joy of having them in our family!
    Blessings to you and Cleo👼👼

  28. Kate says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen. I’m glad you had her for as long as you did. Cleo was a lovely kitty.

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  30. Carol says:

    So sorry for your loss. Been there and done that myself and know it never gets easier to do. Only the strong can do what needs to be dome when these times come and you are one of those strong ones. Now it is over curl up and cry and morn the loss. Tears get them to heaven faster.

  31. Loli says:

    Sending you my love. I pray that you will feel comforted by all the good thoughts that your blog family is sending your way.

  32. Catherine Vosper says:

    Totally understand how this feels…hugs!

  33. Michael Loader says:

    So sorry to hear about your cat they become so much part of the family. RIP little one.

  34. maggieb says:

    Be gentle to yourself.

  35. Teri on the West Coast says:

    So very sorry Karen. We know, going in, that we’ll have to say goodbye to our loving companions, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. They give us so much unconditional love.

  36. Bambi Mayer says:

    It amazes me the pain that we can feel when we lose an animal who we love. I’m so sorry for your loss and your pain.

  37. Therese says:

    Sending you a big hug. X

  38. Marie Braun says:

    I am so very sorry. Cleo was beautiful, and you took such good care of her. My heart aches for you.

  39. Spike says:

    Sending hugs. ❤️

  40. Grammy says:

    That decision is the kindest act of love you can extend. It’s also the most difficult, and you are correct that you brought pain upon yourself in order to eliminate hers. I’m so sorry for your loss, and hoping that your grief will be replaced by only fond and happy memories of your dear Cleo sooner than you think it can be.

  41. Margaret K. says:

    I’m sorry. It sounded like she had had a good life, even if she didn’t get that mouse.

  42. kddomingue says:

    I’ve never referred to the animals that have owned me as “my fur babies”. I know some do and that’s okay. But to me my babies are the small humans that grew in my uterus and bounced on my bladder. The animals that own and have owned me grew in my heart. They own a piece of it just as surely as my children do. It’s heartbreaking when they leave us and it seems so unfair that their lifespan is so much shorter than ours. They can’t be replaced but we can honor their memories and repay all the unconditional love and the joy they brought to our lives by opening our hearts and homes to the next animal that needs to own a human.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs.

  43. Kathi says:

    You gave Cleo a beautiful 20 years. Lucky kitty. I’m so sorry for you Karen.

  44. virginia ritchey says:

    My heart is sad for you!

  45. Pam Fillion says:

    So very, very sorry Karen

  46. Cyd says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Karen. Cleo was a beautiful girl and you gave her a wonderful life. She was lucky to have you as a friend. Hugs and good vibes from Felix (my cat) and me.

  47. Jody Cottrell says:

    Totally stinks…sorry for your heartache.

  48. Ingrid says:

    Hearfelt sympathy to you Karen. I have also been through this. Said goodbye to my beloved cat last September. She was 18 and had been diagnosed with kidney disease the year before. When she developed complications that could be managed but not cured, and would only get worse, I decided it was time to let her go. And was gutted with grief.
    It does get better, but you don’t forget. It’s like there’s a cat-shaped hole in your heart.

  49. I’m very sorry. I made that most difficult choice of my life at Christmas with my 11 year old golden retriever and constant companion. I promised her that she would never have to go through what she and I watched my Mom and Dad go through. She was really at peace. Still I can barely talk about her or even look at pictures. It’s so hard. But I fulfilled my promise to her and I know it was the right thing.
    Thinking of you with best wishes.

  50. TucsonPatty says:

    Karen, I’m so sorry.

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