Snake bite death
I don't post on the Pet Forum much, but I am active here at GW and needed to vent/release some emotion. Not looking for sympathy, even though everyone is great about that. I guess I'm just looking to let the universe know that my boy existed and I loved him.
I lost my 10 year old boy, my Cosmo cat, this a.m. Hubby woke me up at 6:30 and said that he was in the corner of the sunroom crying. Didn't even bother with a robe, just ran out to see what the problem was. He was horribly cyanotic, with face swollen and eyes almost shut. I grabbed sweatpants and a T-shirt, then stuffed my drivers license and a credit card in my pocket and wrapped him in a towel and rushed him to the vet. I was their first customer of the day and I'm sure it wasn't a great way for them to begin the day either. The vet said that it was probably a copperhead bite near the face, and that if I had a million dollars he didn't think he could save him. Well, I don't have anywhere near a million dollars, and money is tight right now, but that's what credit cards are for. But, he was crying and in pain, and I could end that pain for him. So I held him and did at least stop him from hurting. I'm not sure how I drove home. I don't remember it. The other cats are sniffing his body saying goodbye and now I've got to go dig his grave. It's got to be me that does it, even though hubby offered to. He was MY special boy.
I have seen a copperhead on this property only once in 20 years and I don't want to get into the cats shouldn't be outside bit. It wasn't my choice. It was his. Cosmo was happier being outside and didn't spray like he did when he was confined to just the house. I had him 10 years, and he spent it lying in the sun, eating grass, and catching the occasional vole. He was happy and would always come running for petting when anyone came up the drive or keep me company while I gardened. He was a good boy and had a good life and I'm sad that he's gone.
RIP Cosmo, 2002-2012