I am a cat snuggle volunteer at my local shelter. Hunter came in as a stray. For months I watched and waited for him to be adopted. I had him in my lap one day and noticed two open sores on his back. He was transferred to the clinic at the shelter for observation. It was decided that exploratory surgery was needed. He had an eight inch incision with a drain and a cone around his neck. I just couldn't stand seeing him in a cage all by himself and very scared. I would visit daily and take him into our playroom, remove his cone and let him lie in my lap. He would purr so loud and give me kisses and talk to me. I believe he was thanking me. Eventually he healed and was back on the adoption floor. One Sunday a very nice young girl wanted to adopt Hunter. She spent some time playing with him and as she handed him to me to take back we noticed a small hole in his groin that was oozing some blood. The adoption was not going to take place. As days and weeks went by he would develop more sores on his back, some the size of a quarter. He was a puzzle to the vet who could not give a reason why he was getting the sores. Through all this Hunter never complained and was such a loving tabby. In my heart I felt he would get /9sicker and I did not want him to be at the shelter in a cage so I took him home to foster and eventually adopt. I gave him lots of love, toys, snuggles and a warm lap to lie in. A month later he developed very large open sores and he appeared to be in significant pain and I had to make the decision for euthanasia. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make and I question if I made the right decision. He was the love of my life. I told him that he picked me and I picked him. I miss him so very much. I wish I could feel his fur on my face, his kisses on my cheeks and hear his soft purrs once again. Fly high my sweet boy. Even though we only had a few short months together I hope you knew how much I love you. |
Always in my heart. I love you Hunter.
11/29/19 Happy 5th Birthday my sweet boy. I wish you had more time. I miss you so very much.
3/1/20 I have been thinking about you almost every moment and I miss you so much. I hope you are pain free and enjoying playing with some of your friends from the shelter that has passed. I cared for Chapo for a few weeks and he had let me know that he was ready just like you did. I hope you have met him and welcomed him. He was very sick but he enjoyed our home almost as much as you. My heart still breaks that you are not here with me and I hope some day it will hurt less. I love you so very, very much my sweet boy.