The outside of the veterinary hospital is painted with happy faces, but today is not a happy day.
Either Tuesday or Wednesday, something happened to my outside Sweet Kitty that I've been feeding for the past year. She came to me last Spring just before she had 7 babies. A friend took on the job of raising the kittens so that they could go to good homes. Only one of them did not survive. This little one looks just like his mama.
I thought if I just fed her and loved her although I couldn't give her an inside home, that it would be enough but it wasn't. She showed up Thursday morning very weak with blood coming from her mouth. She couldn't eat or drink. I washed her down several times a day with warm water, cleaned the blood from her mouth and nose and would pet her. I would rub fresh water on her mouth trying to give her a little moisture in this awful heat. I set up a box just for her with a towel inside so she would have someplace to sleep.
But she was getting thinner and weaker and I did not want her to suffer. Zack and I took her to the vet this morning. He said that she had an infection in her mouth that likely could not be taken care of. There's no way of knowing what happened. Since she had already lost so much weight, he thought it was better that we put her to sleep. I don't know if that was just the easy way out. Or if it would have taken too much work to make her healthy again. Maybe he thought it didn't matter since she was a street cat.
The last time I had to go through this was when I was 17 and we had to put my Toni to sleep. My sweet dog I had since the age of 2.
It's never easy. I counted on seeing Sweet Kitty ever day, meowing at my door, canned food bought just for her, fresh water every day. I should have taken her to the vet last year when she was healthy. I should have done what I could then to get her to the shelter and possibly a good home. She would have made a very loving, sweet pet for someone and I feel like I failed her.
My heart is broken. There are so many street cats in Kuwait. An overwhelming problem as both shelters -- PAWS and Animal Friends -- are always filled to overflowing with the animals that they care for.
Goodbye Sweet Kitty! I'm sorry I couldn't save you. Peace & Blessings, Tammy