I do not like to share sad news but today I feel that I must. I shared the story of Chloe, who was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and whose human was looking to raise green paper things in order to help treat this disease. As it turns out, the humans in white coats did not get the diagnosis right.
Instead of suffering from hyperthyroidism, which could be treated, Chloe had feline cancer. And the cancer was a very aggressive one. Chloe had contracted squamous cell carcinoma, and every single day, her human could see that the mass was growing. That meant her diagnosis went from one where a radiation treatment and some time with the humans in white coats would likely cure her condition to one where Chloe was going to cross the rainbow bridge.
We felines know when our time is short. Chloe may not have understood that she had feline cancer, but she knew she didn’t have much time left. And her human wanted to spend as much time with Chloe as possible. Chloe would try to wander away, but her human would come and get her.
As long as this is done with love, it is okay. It is clear that Chloe’s human loved her. Her human wrote “Chloe is the brave one. She always has been. She is wise and wild and unique. She’s a fierce tiger kitty with huge and expressive eyes, a talkative meow, and the best growlie.”
It is very sad that Chloe had to go but she was able to go surrounded by love and in the arms of the human that loved her and who she loved. Chloe called out to her human, and let her human hold her until it was time to go. And when it was time, she left us, but her last memory here will be of her human holding her and showing her love to the end.
Chloe may not be with us anymore, but her memory will live on in her human’s heart. I often say that there is nothing wrong with the hearts of us special needs felines. Chloe did not become a special needs cat until she was close to the end. But clearly, feline cancer did not take away her ability to show love to her human.
I am sad that she is gone but I am very happy that she was able to go surrounded with love and returning that love to her human.