In My Eyes
By Edward B. Antonio
I once had a grayish black female cat named Gengge. I took Gengge from a marshy thicket along a rugged road. She was apparently thrown there to die by some irresponsible owners who didn’t like too many cats in their house. She was then a baby cat, but out of pity, I took her with me one day while passing through that gloomy road.
I had to make a comfortable bed for her on our table outside our house to prevent our two big dogs, Bardagoli and Chuchi, from harassing her. Gengge grew up to be a very beautiful cat. My kids were very fascinated of her. They cuddled her to their bedroom at night. She would respond by curling herself on their bellies or necks while they slept.
She became more adorable to us when she started catching mice, big and small. Soon, she started mating and she would disappear for two days. On her first childbearing, she had 3 lovely kittens. When these kittens were big enough to live, I gifted two of them to my mother-in-law who also love cats.
Gengge had been with us for 3 years when she started to disappear once in a while. Sometimes, she would be away for 3 days, then returned. She would be very hungry whenever she came home. One day, she refused to eat.
We became worried. We looked for her everywhere around the house, but she was nowhere to be found.
A week, two weeks, then, a month passed, but still no Gengge. We presumed she was dead, or went away to die.
Our household was never the same again since Gengge disappeared. Her child, Minggay, was apparently very sad for the loss of her mother.
Did Gengge really go away to die or did he find another master?
Kelly Roper, an expert on cat says that cats exhibit some telltale signs that the end of their life is approaching. Recognizing these signs can help you make your cat’s life more comfortable as he nears the end.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that death must also occur. It is difficult to watch a dear friend reach the end of his days, as many cat owners will attest. It’s possible that some cats will die unexpectedly or blessedly in their sleep.
A cat that is sick and dying will often go through a drastic personality change. If he was formerly an outgoing fellow, he may now become something of a recluse and become irritable if you try to handle him. This is likely because he’s in pain and doesn’t want to be touched. On the other hand, some cats that were quite independent when they were healthy may now seek out the companionship of the owners as death draws near.
But why do they disappear and never come back?
Cats seem to have the ability to know that they are going to die. A sick cat will often begin seeking out places that are comfortable to him, yet away from his owners. Cats will often seek out cool, shaded areas, such as under bushes, thickets of wild grasses or under vehicles.
Cats that are ill or dying will avoid eating food and drinking water as well. A cat that isn’t eating at all, even when you tempt him with a favorite treat, is either very ill or close to dying. A cat that is close to dying may also have an unkempt appearance. He won’t have the energy to groom himself as he normally would. In addition, his fur may even come out in small clumps or shed copiously.
Cat’s eyes may appear different when he is close to death. One or both eyes may be dilated; this often means that he has had a seizure. In other cases, a cat may appear to be blind or his eyes are glazed over. His eyes may also have a sunken in appearance.
When a cat is about to die, its breathing may change. Some animals will pant during their last hours or make wheezing sounds. The cat may keep his mouth open with his tongue hanging out. Towards the end, some cats will make little gurgling noises as the respiratory system begins to shut down.
Cats often pass away without anyone noticing that they’ve gone. For pet owners who know that death is imminent, preparing for the event can help them say good-bye to their friend.
It is never easy to say goodbye to a cherished pet and member of the family, but being able to recognize that your cat is dying might just be a blessing in disguise. You’ll be able to give your pet some measure of comfort in his final hours by telling him how much you love him, gently stroking him to comfort him, and just being there with him as he makes that journey over the rainbow bridge.
If a cat is very ill, he must be taken to a veterinarian.
Cat owner Lexy says of his ill cat:
“When my little kitty had liver failure, I took her to the vet and ran all the tests to find out what was wrong, paid for that, and he asked if I wanted to put her down. I said no. Then in 2 days on a Sunday she was bloated, crying and I could tell in pain-it was miserable to watch, just broke my heart. I went to a vet that is open on Sundays and charges a small fortune, but I had no choice. They were rough and I was sick about it, plus it was expensive-I will never go back there. I was crying the whole time there, they had not one sympathetic bone in their body….very traumatic experience at such a sad time for me and my kitty….
I wish vets would read this and be more humane at the worst time in our lives…”
I didn’t know then that a cat was dying with these telltale signs. There was even no veterinarian in our place.
When Gengge disappeared, we took special care to her daughter, Minggay. Minggay grew up to be like her mother and showed tricks which delighted us all. She also disappeared after several years.
But that would be another story.
Goodbye Gengge. I hope you are now in heaven with your fellow cats who died in oblivion.
Hope to see you again in the life beyond.#