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We took Harker to the vet this morning to check him out and see if he was really dying or if this was something less serious than we thought.

It was as serious as we thought. The vet said his kidneys had shut down, and said we didn't need to do any tests: that the best thing to do would be to put him to sleep.

We said goodbye and called my dad so he could say goodbye on the phone. We brought him back in a little box so my dad could say goodbye for real and bury him.

We buried him at the foot of the red maple and marked his grave with a stone.

RIP, Jonathan Harker Cat.

"He just wanted to go outside so he could come inside so he could go out so he could come in again. That is all he ever wanted in life." --My daddy.

I'm sorry. Sometimes you really don't have a choice and this was one of those times.

He was loved though and he would have known that.

I'm so sorry.

That quote from your dad is awesome, though.

Thanks <3

And yeah, it's a family joke that whenever Harker was sitting at the door waiting for someone to let him out, my dad would ask him "Oh, do you want to come inside?"

It's really best. No more suffering. Now you get to celebrate his life. Your daddy seems well on his way to doing that. Made me laugh.

I think my dad is taking it harder than me or my mom. He was the main holdout, the one who never wanted to get a cat, and he freaking loved the cat.

Goodbye Harker. He was an awesome cat.

Thanks <3 He will; my dad is digging him a spot under the red maple.

I think Harker had more personality then any kitty I've met. He was a good cat. Even when he was trying to eat me.

I'm sorry he's gone, but I'm glad he doesn't have to suffer anymore.

I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss.

At the same time, I am so relieved that things happened this way--I was worried that he was going to die a horrible and painful death, and I'm so glad that you didn't let that happen.

I would not have let that happen! That was the hardest part for me, was feeling like there was nothing I could do to help him. Now I know I helped him and that was the best I could do.

How lucky he was to have humans who loved him as much as you and your family. :) Harker was an absolute delight the few times I met him and I'm glad he was your kitty. Hope you and your family feel better.

Oh gosh. This is sad. I haven't been online really for the last day and change. Harker was an awesome cat, and I'm glad he had such a great family to love him.

So sorry for your loss. You already know this, but you did the right thing by your kitty. Love to you.

My condolences on the loss of Harker. I'm so sorry for your loss.

i'm so sorry. but i'm glad he went with people who loved him beside him and relatively painlessly.

So much ouch. A thousand sympathies, Tea.