After experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis, Mikey came to the Sanctuary in an attempt to give him a good quality of life. Being already a senior and in a serious medical state, he wasn’t given long to live. Regardless of how much time left we had with Mikey, Our Companions wanted to ensure he was well-cared for and unconditionally loved. As time went on, Mikey proved how much of a fighter he was by getting stronger each day.

We were able to get his diabetes under control and find a great care plan to get him on the right track to becoming a healthy, happy cat. He would greet his visitors by the door and absolutely love his little “Mikey snacks” to help with his diabetes. Despite his immobility issues, he would use the stairs to the couch to get pets from his friends. He would go on your lap and get as close to you as possible to show his gratitude and love for the care we’ve been giving him. He was feeling so much better, we even thought he was healthy enough to put him up for adoption and find a nice “retirement” home for this senior sweetheart.

However, during his time with us, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and had many ups and downs with his health over the last several months. Mikey made frequent vet visits, particularly to drain the abdominal fluid build-up he was experiencing. During one visit, he had over a 1lb of fluid built up in such a small body. He was closely monitored and cared for each day over the past year to ensure he wasn’t suffering, but comfortable and content. Staff recording and evaluated his breathing rate, appetite, mobility, personality/mood, and much more, every single day. We wanted to make sure we were meeting Mikey’s every need to live a happy life, regardless of how long it would be.

Despite the fluctuations in his health, he was still very kind and enjoyed the company of his visitors. On good days, he would still come up on the stairs to greet you on the couch. Even with his weakened body, he would still push himself to get right on top of you to get as close to you as possible. His tenacity to keep pushing was an inspiration to everyone around him. We celebrated each day we had with Mikey; his snuggles, snacks, and kisses. In the last year he’s been with us, he’s touched the hearts of many at the Sanctuary and we thank every single person that loved Mikey just as their own. The love you showed Mikey gave him the strength to enjoy each day until it was time for him to say his goodbyes.

6 Comments

  1. Nancy Stimac on October 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    With tears of gratitude for the love and care beautiful Mikey had from all of you. This is the Our Companions difference.

  2. Christiana & Amber on October 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Mikey was nothing short of blessed to have found a home at Our Companions. Our Companions truly LOVES their furry residents and you know the animals can feel that love. RIP Mikey! You will be missed.

  3. Allison Buikus on October 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Not a day goes by when I don’t think of Mikey. He touched my heart and it was my pleasure to be a volunteer during his stay.

  4. Kara Keeton on October 2, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Mikey was a very special cat. I am so glad that I had an opportunity to get to know him.

  5. Sheila Randall on October 3, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Mikey was a sweet and special cat. He would greet one at the door most times and climb his stairs to get on the couch to sit in your lap. Mikey had the most adorable little face that look at you with love. He was a soul that I was fortunate to know.

  6. D.J. Stankovics on October 3, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    I cried as I read Mikey’s story as he reminded me so much of Cecil, a senior cat with a variety of medical issues whom I inherited from a cousin who died of cancer. I had him for only two years, a time filled with challenges, but Cecil was a loving cat, so appreciative of anything done for him, until he succumbed to an inoperable tumor at the age of 15. It’s very reassuring to know that there are places like Our Companions that will take in elderly special needs cats and dogs and let them live out whatever remains of their lives in peace and comfort.

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