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  1. epona

    Sorry for your loss!! Can u please help with paw print question?

    It just looks to me like the paw wasn't pressed very hard onto the paper, it looks like a normal gentle paw print. At rest, a cat's paw often has a little crease across the pad like that. It is something that a lot of vets and pet funeral services/crematoria do and it only takes a couple of...
  2. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I still miss my lovely little Radar every single day. It's been more than 6 months now - I was hoping to come back and share some stories but it still hurts every time I think of him.
  3. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I had a dream about Radar a couple of nights ago, it was the first time that happened since he died. It was awful though, the dream was about having him put to sleep. He was laying on a pile of rubbish and the vet was going to come out to visit, and the vet who arrived to do it wasn't our...
  4. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I haven't been able to share all the memories I want to post because it is still too painful. I'm really struggling. Sometimes I feel a bit anxious and I recognise the exact feeling as being whenever he was in hospital and I was waiting for a call to say I could bring him home. Although I...
  5. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I'm still really struggling - I go to bed and he isn't there with me, I wake up and I know I have been crying in my sleep and it hits me again that he's not there on my pillow next to me. It hits me like I have been kicked in the stomach.
  6. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    He often did this thing where he used to start licking my face or just suddenly poke his nose up against my eye or something daft like that - we used to refer to that as a "splodge" (hence one of his nicknames, splodgkins), he had magnificent whiskers though so it acted as a bit of an early...
  7. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I still feel in a state of shock though, it was so sudden :(
  8. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    Aye, it seems some types of primary brain tumours respond well to treatment in cats if detected early, but the type he had, the location, and that it was probably secondary cancer so it had already metastasized from elsewhere (probably stomach) and grew rapidly means there wasn't any hope of...
  9. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I finally plucked up courage and looked up some articles in veterinary journals about brain tumours including secondary brain tumours in cats, and was reassured about the diagnosis and prognosis - I know the vet hospital is really good, but there was a slight nagging doubt that maybe there had...
  10. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    He had over £10k of vet bills during the last couple of years of his life, that's not normal (especially since he wasn't ancient), he had periods of bad health, he had a heart murmur since he was young, he had a dormant cat flu (herpesvirus) that reared up whenever he was at a low ebb, I need to...
  11. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    Nate had this laughing cow soft toy, when you pressed it, it would start going "Moooooo, mooooooo, hahahahhahahaha!" - when Radar was little he managed to set it off doing the noises by himself and I think he wanted to kill it, he was obsessed with the thing for a while, trying to kill it. We...
  12. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    Aye, I'd actually forgotten about the bill, insurance covered some of it but I had to pay the excess and a percentage of the bill and the cremation fees - I'd actually strongly recommend that anyone in the same position phone the vet clinic before going to pick up the casket to either pay or...
  13. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    He was half Cornish Rex on his mum's side, there was Siamese (which is a permitted outcross here, to help with genetic diversity) in her line. Cornies are known for being affectionate and mischievous and he definitely fit both of those descriptions. He seemed to actively enjoy playing little...
  14. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    When we were on our way home with him when he was a little kitten, I looked at my husband and said "he's got massive ears like radar dishes, his name is Radar" and my husband grinned and nodded. Radar liked the name too, he started answering to it very quickly.
  15. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    For years he had been sleeping either draped across my head, or under the covers with either me or Nate with his head on our pillows. Quite often he would want to have at least one of his paws touching my face - of course he would sometimes flex his claws a bit in his sleep and I often had the...
  16. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I will post some more memories of him when I can bear to go through all of the photos - I know some will go with little stories I have about him. As it is, I am waiting to be told that I can pick up his ashes. I know it is going to be really hard, but I want to get that part finished and get...
  17. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I changed my mind about the casket I wanted for his ashes, I hope the message got through to the crematorium in time and without any problems. I am feeling marginally less teartful today, still hurts a lot though. I will carry on making posts here with things to remember him by, I am really...
  18. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    I am not painting a great picture of my lovely little boy - it was always a worry to me that if anything happened to us he may not stay in a home for long, you had to give him time to get to know and love you, and the process to do that was sometimes a little painful But then he spent the rest...
  19. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    He did settle down with us, and became very sweet and loving - he was still a menace to visitors though, and often had to be shut in another room when we had guests - there was no malice, just he would get completely overexcited, I had to prise him off several visitors to the house, including...
  20. epona

    Radar, my little mischief, is gone

    We soon realised he was probably a bit younger than we thought, and not terribly well socialised - I spent the first week he lived with us in tears because he wouldn't stop attacking me, I took to wearing sturdy footwear and thick socks for a bit of protection. It took him about a year to...
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