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December 10th, 2010, 09:09 PM
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Now that DH and Coby are asleep it's started sinking in... Today my dad put down our cat Tuffy. He was 8 years old. A few years ago Tuffy started peeing on the beds. My parents took him in and the vet couldn't find anything wrong as to why he did it. My parents decided to just put up baby gates to block him out of the rooms. He was a big cat at 22lbs and didn't even attempt to try and jump the gates. He was fine and loved. Well in the last couple months he started pooping on the couch in the living room. My mom would see it first and clean it up quick. She knew if my dad saw it he would be angry. Well yesterday after my mom went to work Tuffy pooped all over the couch. And how my dad described it, it wasn't like I had seen before. Before it would be one or two turds, but yesterday my dad said it was a "Tuffy Pile." He was a big cat so naturally his poops were big too. LOL! So my dad called my mom. She broke down and called the vet. The tech said that when they start doing that they usually don't stop. My mom asked if there was anything they could do. The tech said they could try FeliWay, but in her opinion she's only seen a few isolated cases of it working. There pretty much wasn't much that they could try unless they spent around $1000 to figure out if it was something physical and even then the tech said they can't guarantee they'll find anything other than behavioral. So my mom set up to have him put down this morning.

This morning my dad had my mom get him in the pet carrier. My mom said she was crying the whole time telling Tuffy how she loves him, she was so sorry, and she'd miss him. When my dad got to the vet and talked to her before signing the paper to have Tuffy put down. He told her everything they have done for the peeing issues (before they put up the gates) but now that he's pooping in the living room the only other option is to lock him in one room in the basement and that wouldn't be fair to Tuffy. She said that everything they did is what she would recommend and then some. She agreed that at his age he would not be adoptable and because of the economy most likely a shelter wouldn't take him or they'd take him and put him down. So my dad signed it saying "Tuffy I don't want to do this." The vet then asked him if he'd like to go in the room. He said no because he knew he'd tell her to stop after getting the IV in. He said she took Tuffy back and a about 10 minutes later they brought Tuffy back to my dad. My dad brought him home and has him in the back garage till spring when the ground thaws. Then he will be buried out in the country at my friend's place right next to her cat Binx.

Tuffy was a genteel Ben cat. He may have been 22lbs, but he was so afraid of everything. He had even been scared by his own shadow before. Since Coby's been born he loves Coby and his toys. My mom would always laugh saying Tuffy was trying to get into Coby's swing or if one of Coby's toys was laying around Tuffy would play with it. One night while my parents were watching Coby I guess Coby dropped a small stuffed animal in the living room up stairs. My mom took Coby down to the family room in the basement not even realizing the toy was dropped. About 10 minutes later Tuffy came walking in the room with it in his mouth. He then set it down on Coby's blanket on the floor.

The day we got him

After he got home from being fixed


My dad called him "Tuff-Master-Flex" or "TuffMan"

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December 10th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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December 11th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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I'm so sorry Nicole! Inappropriate Urination is the worst.... I have dealt with it in my house and it's just no fun. Your vet is right, most shelters probably wouldn't take him (because of his adoptability level). It sucks, but shelters today are over flowing with cats and kittens and there just aren't enough homes out there for them all.

You and your family gave him the best 8 years he could have dreamed of! I'm sure he will be missed!
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December 11th, 2010, 01:34 PM
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It was odd going over there and seeing his empty box when I dropped Coby off today. The positive is my dad now wants Hendrix our cat. Jack doesn't get along with him still after 2 years. Hendrix is fine with Teffy and Jack. But Jack stocks Hendrix then when Hendrix is sick of it he gets up to move away. Then Jack attacks him.

My dad's biggest worry was him going to the bathroom out side the box was Coby. And how unhealthy it would be for Coby or when would Tuffy start going on Coby's stuff.
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