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Merry Christmas as we bid a teary good-bye to “Mooch” and his final battle with Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

December 24th, 2012  

About a year and a half ago, my parents could no longer take care of their two cats. So we adopted them.

One, Mooch, was my father’s devoted companion.

Mooch was very old and required lots of medical attention —the most pressing, Feline Chronic Renal Failure. Mooch had to be put to sleep on June 28, 2012 and it’s only now that I’ve been able to talk about Mooch —and to face this final good-bye.

And there’s really no better time than Christmas.

As always, the video, complete with video transcript.

Cat Kidney (Feline Chronic Renal) Failure: First Christmas without our “Mooch”  (6:23 min)

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from home office, December 18, 2012

It is Tuesday, December the 18th, 2012 and this what the Toronto Star looks like.

And here we have Lucky. Playing with a string. Let’s go, Lucky. There we go.

And I just want to talk a little bit about Christmas. And about Lucky’s Christmas.

My Dad had Lucky since 2006 —outside cat, a stray, and my Dad was feeding him. And he was also feeding Mooch, who’s been around a lot longer.

Actually 2010, both cats —we adopted both cats.

And Mooch was an old cat —we don’t know how long but in the last year or so of his life he was battling Feline Chronic Kidney Disease. And it got to a point where he needed sub-cutaneous injection and special feeding and all sorts of things.

And the last week in June, it was especially bad. We had to bring him to the Vet and pull out some rather extraordinary measures to keep him alive and things.

And then the last week in June —actually it was June 28th, where [sic] Mooch threw up and the material was black and just horrifying.

And my husband took one look at what happened and what was on the carpet and took Mooch immediately to the Vet.

And I, only now, have I been able to tell the story without crying or getting weepy.

[VIDEO INSERT of Mooch enjoying the sun, June 22, 2012]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH with Mooch outside on the grass as he enjoys the sun, June 22, 2012

Hey Mooch.

Again Mooch has Chronic Renal Failure and he’s also quite old. Of course I think the two go hand-in-hand.

And he needs about a hundred milliliters of subcutaneous injection every day —we do that in the evenings. And he also needs to be encouraged to drink. It’s almost like he forgets that what water’s for.

So you have to present him with water —shake the water, you know so that he can see it sparkle.

But most times he doesn’t really need a drink but we present the water fairly regularly.

And he still likes his treats.

Right, Mooch? A lot of people were asking for you. And how you’re doing. They think you’re neat. I do too.

[VIDEO INSERT of black necrotic vomit on the home office carpet, June 28, 2012]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH right after Mooch threw up, June 28, 2012

[crying] It is Thursday, June the 28th, 2012 and Mooch just threw up this black stuff. It’s all black. And it smells like —necrotic.

And Peter is just running, rushing him to the Vet —and I’m so so scared of what will happen! It just smells so foul! And we’ve never seen this before.

He threw it up.

It’s like he waited for me —I just, waited for me to see him throw this up. And I’m just worried he’s not coming back! [crying]


MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from home office, December 18, 2012

And to all those people right now whose cats are battling this kidney disease, don’t give up. Just make sure you give them the best end of life that you can.

But there will come a time when you may have to face the horrible, horrible questions of euthanasia.

And all I can say is it’s a horrible thing but eventually the Veterinarian makes it easy for you, well, [ironic laugh] —will make it clear-cut for you.

Our Vet, when I finally walked in —my husband had called me from the Veterinarian’s office and I walked in the door and the Veterinarian immediately said to me, “It’s time.”

And missing Mooch terribly. And in the meantime, we’re treasuring Lucky here. Right, Lucky?


Lucky… Luk-Luk… Lucky…

Lucky, come on…

Okay. It’s not going to happen.

Lucky, how about this way? Are you going to show us your face?

[DIP TO BLACK with photos of Mooch]


Merry Christmas.

Lucky's first Christmas without Mooch (Feline Chronic Renal Failure)


Mooch and Lucky by the window. May 5, 2012



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