Friday, January 14, 2011

Delilah

Delilah is my beloved cat of 6 years that I love very deeply. She was diagnosed with feline leukemia about 5 years ago and has actually done really well, that was until about a month ago. Well, a month ago was when her symptoms became more prominent anyways. She's basically stop eating and drinking recently. We took her to the vet last week and he believes that the leukemia has gone into her liver and intestines. Evidentally, they are both swollen so this is his diagnosis without doing any formal diagnostic test. He's actually shocked that Delilah has lived this long with this diagnosis since apparently she was born with the disease. His orders were to give her whatever she wants and spend a lot of time with her. We've made the grueling decision to put her to sleep tomorrow. My heart hurts and my stomach is in knots.
Delilah and I have been through a lot together. I got her from a flea market (I know!) and she was literally covered in fleas and (I know this gross) worms falling out of her rectum. I washed her every day for weeks and gave her worm medicine. She's been a completely indoor cat and the vet seems to think that this has been what's kept her so healthy until now because she wasn't around other animals and their germs.

Delilah has always been a snuggly one and loves to camp out on your chest. She was there for me several times after Lily died...I would just cry and she would just purr on my chest. There are no words for how much I love her. She's a part of our family and she's one of my dearest friends. Our house just won't be the same.
So, today I will soak up every inch of her furry loveliness and tell her how much she's loved. I will tell her about how cool she is...and, how the world would be so much better if people were half as awesome as she is...
Some of my favorite pics~



7 comments:

Sarita Boyette said...

Jen, I'm SO sorry about your kitty. Sending prayers for your heart - I know this isn't easy. xoxo

Trennia said...

I am so sorry my friend.I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Bree said...

poor, sweet delilah. i love the picture of you two. thinking of you tomorrow. hugs. xo

MEK said...

What a pretty baby, I am so sorry! I will be thinking of you tomorrow!!

brigette said...

What a pretty kitty! So sorry you have to let her go.. Much love to you!!

Maggie said...

I'm so sorry about your kitty. Thinking of you and hoping you get to have lots of kitty time with her today! xxoo

Marie W said...

I am so sorry Jen. {hugs}