Taking a Break

Hi everyone. I got some bad news today about my Sammy. I am trying to stay hopeful, but more than likely he won’t be with us much longer.

He had been drinking more so I took him to the vet last week. His kidney values were bad then, but the vet thought cutting his thyroid dose would help. It did not. His values got worse. Some of that was dehydration, but the vet told me he needs IV fluids. He ended up with 100ml sub Q today and will spend the day at the vet tomorrow getting the IV meds. I was told that is to buy some time and she doesn’t even now if it will help. If it does help, his thyroid is still going to kill him if he can’t be medicated. Right now he is too weak for a thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine.

I want to spend every moment with him (unfortunately I will lose 12 hours with him at the vet tomorrow), but other than that, I plan to be with him. Plus, my brain is focused only on him right now so I can’t concentrate. I will try to visit your blogs because I care about all of you and your kitties, but forgive me if I don’t get there daily.

If he improves a lot, I will be back soon. I am praying the numbers improve as the dehydration is treated and it isn’t as bad as the vet thought- I am an eternal optimist. I have also been down similar roads many times so in the back of my mind, I am realistic.

Any purrs and prayers will be appreciated. I know it is wrong to have favorites, but Sammy is my favorite. He chooses to always be with me and we are very bonded. I spend more time with him than with any other person or cat.





  1. Sending ALL my love to Sammy and you both I completely understamd. Prayers for you both.

  2. Sending purrayers and Power ofthe Paw to sweet Sammy ! We hope you see some improvement

  3. i am so incredibly sorry to hear about Sammy! Zulu, Frodo and Amarula are sending prayers! I know that we are not supposed to have favourites but it’s so hard not to and it’s such a special bond and so hard when a favourite is ill. Sending you lots of love

  4. Oh dear, how awful and we’re so very sad to hear about sweet Sammy, we are big Sammy fans here. Love and hugs from all of us.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m hoping his numbers improve. Sending lots of hugs and purrs to you both.

  6. Oh…We are at a loss for words. We have our paws crossed and our POTP healing purrs and healing vibes headed Sammy’s way. We hope the fluids help and that he is able to bounce back. Socks ate a special diet to control his hypothyroidism. It was Hills Science Diet and after he got used to it he seemed to like it a lot. He couldn’t take the pills they made him sick.

  7. So Sorry to hear the bad news about Sammy. We do hope he gets better real purry soon/
    Sending purrs and prayers
    Take all the time you need
    Daisy Mae & Crystal

  8. Charlee: “Oh no! We are very sorry to hear about sweet Sammy.”
    Chaplin: “We are sending lots of purrs for him to improve.”
    Lulu: “And I send fluffy tail wags!”

  9. We are so sorry and are sending healing purrz to Sammy and lots of virtual {{{{hugs}}}} to you. No loss is easy but you don’t get over a heart cat.

  10. Sending POTP to Sammy (and a you, too). He needs you, so I’m glad you are dedicating all your time to him.

  11. Prayers and hugs to all and Sammy. I just stopped by your blog today. Take care my furbabbies: Waddles, Quebec, and Joelle and me and my fiance sending love to all and Sammy..Take care..

  12. So sorry to hear this about sweet Sammy, Ellen, and with all my heart we send Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers his way and hope for the best outcome🙏and a big hug for you too🐾😽💞

  13. We don’t count. Sammy counts right now. If you visit I will get mad at you.


  14. Hugs and best wishes for an outcome that favors poor Sammy. Hugs for you, too. These are the times our fur friends need us most, and they are the times that are the hardest for us to do. Please don’t reply to this. You need your time to deal with Sammy, not acknowledging comments.

  15. You already know – my dear friend – that I understand TOTALLY your relationship with Sammy. I know how incredibly hard it is to watch as they fail late in their TOO short lives. I certainly will be praying you have as much time with your Sammy as possible – I know your vet will do her best. Give him a special hug from me and Teddy – I know even the Angels are hoping you and your Sam will have a lot more time together but I also know they will take good care of your boy one day too. My Angel Sammy will make sure of that.

    Love and hugs, Pam

  16. I am so sorry to hear this, Ellen. I hope the IV meds will help bring his values back down. As you may remember, Flynn became sensitive to most medication and couldn’t have thyroid meds. The vet put him om Pred. which controlled his numbers to a certain extent. Maybe that would work for Sammy. My love and prayers go to you both.

  17. It never gets easier, especially when your heart cat is involved.
    We are sending our very strongest get better wishes for Sammy.
    We hope you have lots of time to treasure him.

  18. I am so sorry to hear about Sammy. I had been hoping that things would look up for him. My thoughts and prayers are with the both of you.

  19. Sweetie pie
    Always look so content in your photos
    Mom’s buddy
    My thoughts are with you.
    You are loved to the moon and back
    Ellen I send you you many hugs as I know the journey you are taking

  20. So sorry Ellen… I know the bond you have with your Sammy. I will be praying for you both and hoping that the fluids improve how he is feeling. Praying that he improves a lot and you are both back very soon! Sending big hugs♥

  21. TRIPELL POTP for deerest Sammy man cat!
    Aunty Ellen you take all THE time you want an need to bee with Sammy. Pawss crossed treetmint WILL help yore deer man cat an you have more time!
    ~~head rubss~~BellaDharma an *purrayerss* BellaSita Mum

  22. I’m so sorry to hear this, Ellen. Sending love and prayers and healing to Sammy. And love and hugs and comfort to you. xo

  23. We are sending all of our thoughts, prayers, purrs, and woofs to you and sweet Sammy, Ellen. He is such a special cat, and I am praying so hard that you have a lot more time with him.

  24. shop vac……de manee manee blessingz oh St Francis two ewe, two day, two morrow N for like all dayz…..we send lovez N hugz two ewe and mom; we understand de journee herz on rite now

  25. Oh awnty Ellen, we are sending lots and lots of hugs and purrayers. Ifin there is anything we can do, purrlease let us know. C’mon Sammy, we need you.

    Luvs ya’

    RaenaBelle and Zebby

  26. Ellen, I am so saddened to hear that Sammy is ill. I will be praying extra hard that the fluids will help and his condition is not as bad as feared. All the Kitties Blue are sending POTP. They sure don’t want to lose a good friend. Love and hugs, Janet

  27. Dear Sammy and Miss Ellen,
    WE are all purring very hard for you and we will until you’re better!

  28. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I went through this same thing with Wally so I can sympathize with you. Sending prayers, good thoughts and lots of love. ~the mom

  29. Ellen, please spend your time with your beloved Sammy, and do not worry about visiting. We love you, and we completely understand. Sending purrs, prayers, and all good thoughts for Sammy and you!

  30. Ms. Ellen, I’m very sorry to hear about Sammy’s health… and I’m sorry that I was so busy that it took me days to find time to read this post. Please know I’m purraying for a miracle.

  31. I am praying for Sammy and your worried heart. I understand what Sammy is going through and I also understand that there are some cats who are so deeply embedded in our hearts, they have a special place.

  32. I hadn’t had a chance to comment yet, but I’ve been thinking of you and Sammy. I am hoping and praying that Sammy will show some improvement soon. Hang in there. ♥

  33. I am so sorry Sammy is not doing well. When they are near their final days the best you can do is be with them and show them how much they are loved.

  34. Sending the biggest purrs I can for sweet Sammy!!!!!!
    He is in good hands and will not be alone. Purrs to you too.
    Purrs, Julie and the mum(Nancy)

  35. Praying for sweet Sammy! Take all of the time you need to just be with him. Manna, Dexter, and I are all rooting for him. *hugs*

  36. We are writing this here since you disabled comments on today’s update. We are so sorry to hear this bad news about Sammy and of course, We are all purraying for him as hard as We can and sending POTP.
    Please, Great Cat in the Sky – let there be a Miracle for Sammy.

  37. Oh Ellen I am so sorry. It is such a hard reality to face. We love these sweet fur babies and we know how much they depend on us. We will pray, We know there is still hope and you are such a good mom. Get your rest and stay close to Sammy. What a precious sweetheart you have in him. Sending love and hugs and meows from Mister Kitty and Daphne too. Much love, Anne

  38. Oh my goodness, Ellen- we’ve missed so much, and we’re so sorry not to have stayed up to date. Me and dad are sending purrs and prayers on Sammy’s well-being. You should never apologize for not posting/commenting, etc., as we all know all too well how it is when one of our furbabies isn’t doing well. Just keep us posted as you can and you know we are all keeping you and yours in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. And not to turn the attention, but dad most certainly knows how it is when one knows there’s not much that can be done but hold your dear one close as much as possible. He remembers what he went through with Orbit and Isaac before him.

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