by Melissa Blair
Our cat Jekyll was adopted from the Marshmallow Foundation along with his brother Hyde. We knew he was a special cat from the minute we adopted him. He helped my husband with his PTSD by helping him calm down. He relieved any stress we had and made our whole family happy. Every time I would pick him up and put him on my shoulder, he would lean into my neck showing his love and affection and he would start to purr. He was cute and cuddly and soft. My husband liked to play with his feet. Every night he would lay at my feet on my heating blanket and he would keep me warm at night. Every morning he would wake me up and I would feed him. He would be there to greet me every time I came home. He would like to carry around his little toy balls just like a dog and bat them around in the hall way. He kept me company at work and would always make me happy when I had a bad day. My daughter Maggie would always give him treats and catnip every day and he would always make her laugh. Even if he was naughty, we could never get mad at him because he would be just so cute and make us smile. He always loved to boss around our dogs but at the end of the day he would curl up next to them and sleep. Just after Christmas this past year we noticed that he could not urinate. We rushed him to the emergency vet. They had to insert a catheter in him to unblock his urethra. He was in a lot of pain and he almost died. His urine was full of blood. He had to be on special food. This morning I noticed that he was unable to urinate again. I brought him to the vet. We were told that no matter what we did that this could likely keep happening and every time it does it is life threatening. We did not want him to suffer or to be in any pain. It was a hard decision, but it was one that was in his best interest even if it meant losing a member of our family. My whole family is so deeply hurt by his loss. He has a doggy brother named Edward that will be keeping him company on the Rainbow Bridge. We will remember him forever and he will be greatly missed. We are in so much pain right now and crying so much, but we know that he is in a better place and he will not suffer any more.