In the summer, I shared the story of my fellow special needs cat Big Daddy with you. When I last talked about him, he was fighting off cancer, and the humans in white coats and his humans were hopeful that he would defeat that evil disease.
Big Daddy had overcome a lot to get to where he was. He was abandoned, contracted FIV, had a collapsed lung, went blind, and fought off cancer. He was one tough cat to keep on fighting off these challenges and thriving despite being a special needs cat.
Sadly, this last battle was one that Big Daddy could not win. The humans in white coats said that the cancer he was fighting bravely had spread to the point where it was no longer treatable. And with Big Daddy having been rushed to the humans in white coats because of seizures, it was clear his quality of life had deteriorated.
The humans in white coats recommended that Big Daddy’s human show him the one last sign of love, which is the hardest one to do. Big Daddy’s human agreed, and Big Daddy was given the injections that eased his pain. He left us yesterday.
His human says that he is sad, but that he remembers all the fun and love he shared with this gentle giant. He said of Big Daddy:
Throughout all of the chemo, and the radiation, and everything else, he has had a wonderful life, lived his way. And he never complained or whined, he was an incredible, amazing cat. He slept with me every night, and during the day he lived with the other cats in the house, looking out the windows at the birds and squirrels, or sleeping on “his” big leather chair, or laying by the fireplace. He never experienced any real side effects, and the only days when he felt bad were caused by the tumor, not the treatments. He had a great life – a big life.
Furiends, for any creature, feline or human, to be loved as much and to be able to love as much as Big Daddy is a full life. I am sad that he is gone, but I am happy that my fellow special needs cat enjoyed his time with us as much as he did.