On September 3, 2013 at approximately 10:15 AM, sweet Mitzie transitioned as I was holding her. This took place at her vet’s office, Belle Plaine Animal Hospital, with Dr. Ricci Kelso administering the final shot. Max, Billy and Raven stayed at home, perfectly aware of what was happening. Her angelic family members, Scheisters, Teddy and Emmie were there at the hospital with us, and had been at home supporting us as Mitzie began her decline.
I adopted Mitzie when she was 8 years old, the oldest cat in the shelter. She had a cute little bunny toy in her kennel that came home with her. I attempted to change her name to Hunny Bunny, which she tolerated for about 24 hours. She then gave me her infamous stink eye and said clear as day….”My. Name. Is. Mitzie.”. She was Mitzie from that day forward and the bunny toy was relegated to the dogs. As sweet as she could be, I discovered Mitzie had a lot in common with the cartoon character Maxine.
Approximately 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with kidney disease and her life prognosis was 6 months. True to her Mitzie self, she ignored the prognosis and continued to live life as she wanted, with the exception of receiving fluids regularly.
My cat Raven had this to say about Mitzie: “Mitzie said she would beat me up if I don’t leave Janet alone. Mitzie thinks Janet belongs to her and nobody else. That’s why I sneak beside Janet on the couch or under the covers, so Mitzie won’t see me.” Yet as Mitzie started to decline, Raven appointed himself her own guardian angel cat. I could always tell where Mitzie was by finding Rave and seeing how he had positioned himself.
Mitzie was 22 years old when she transitioned, and had the honor of not only being the oldest patient at her vet clinic, but being the oldest patient they had in quite awhile. Her last vet visit was last week, and then Friday evening, Mitzie decided it was time to begin the transition process. Even as she rapidly declined, she still insisted on teetering her way to the litter box by her own steam, and gave me the stink eye when I attempted to pick her up and carry her.
Her last words to me today were “We’ve had a good run together, you and I”.
I have set up Mitzie’s Memorial Fund and I am amazed and honored at the outpouring of support. In less than 24 hours, we are almost halfway to our goal. If you are so inclined, I am asking for people to contribute to her fund. This fund will go to paying her vet bills, her medications, cremation and an urn for her. It will also be used to finish paying the balance on the vet bills incurred from when her canine sister Emmie transitioned in April.
As a thank you, each person who contributes will receive a complimentary animal communication Mini Session.
Mitzie, we have indeed had a good run together. We will continue our run, only now it will be different. You hold a special place in my heart, Mitz.
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