Dying Cat Comforts Owners On His Last Trip To Vet

This photo of Little Andrew holding his owners' hands will make you feel all of the feels.

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Little Andrew on his way to the vet for the last time. Via abernha3/Reddit
Little Andrew on his way to the vet for the last time. Via abernha3/Reddit
Stephanie Brown

Animals are amazing creatures who have the innate ability to make even the worst situations a little less awful, whether by a goofy grin, a soft purr or a sloppy kiss. Somehow they just know what to do to make us feel better.

A cat on his way to the vet’s office for the last time knew how to make the somber drive a little less devastating for his owners. A photo posted to Reddit by abernha3 shows Andrew the cat with his paw resting on his owners’ hands, as if to assure them that everything will be OK.

“He held our hands on his last trip to the vet. Little Andrew was much stronger than his mom and I,” abernha3 wrote.

The 15-year-old cat “loved everyone, but just got old and sick over the last year,” according to his owner.

“He purred everyday of his life and when he lost that, I knew it was time,” abernha3 wrote. “Always sad to lose a friend.”

Can't. Stop. Sobbing. Via abernha3/Reddit

Can’t. Stop. Sobbing. Via abernha3/Reddit

The photo has prompted an outpouring of support from others who have lost pets.

“So sorry for your loss, brought memories of my beloved Cleo, I held her hand on the last moments at the vet and that’s something that, for good or for bad, I will never forget,” writes one Redditor. “As sad as it is to remember it though, it also makes me remember all the amazing good loving moments we enjoyed together. Much love to you and your future feline family members.”

“I still remember my cat’s last trip to the vet so clearly… the doctor asked if my father or I wanted to hold her when they gave the injection, and she barely managed to get the question out of her mouth before I said yes,” wrote another. “I’m so sorry for your loss… it’s easy to see just from that one picture how much you loved him, and I’m sure he knew.”

Goodbye, sweet Andrew. Your last photo reminds us all how important it is to celebrate the time we do have with our beloved pets. If only they lived as long as us.

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  • On the night before I had to put my baby girl of 17 years down… she was laying in a shallow 24 can soda/pop box next to me on my bed and we were hand to paw holding all night. At the vet she blinked her eyes at me and let me know it was ok to let her go… It was so hard for me…. She was the only “child” I had ever known… I was not able to have a human child…. She was my baby… and I still grieve… But I know she is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge =^..^=

    Pat August 24, 2016 2:42 pm Reply
  • I asked my Cat out load if she was ready to cross to Rainbow Bridge when the vet diagnosed her liver issues and she made her way to her cushion and curled up ready to go to sleep. She said we definitely telling me she was ready ?

    Pam August 24, 2016 2:51 pm Reply
  • We had to take our Theo to the vet for one last time when he developed congestive heart failure and he stopped responding to his medicine. It was, of course, very hard to see him go. That night, after I gave him a proper burial, I sat in our living room and cried. Our other cat, Serena, came onto my lap, and I felt her little paw go onto my hand. When I looked down, she was looking up at me with the sweetest look of sympathy, letting me know it was all going to be alright. I’ve never stopped thanking her with cuddles, kisses and treats since then. Cats really are amazing and sensitive creatures.

    Bob August 24, 2016 3:46 pm Reply
  • So sorry to hear you lost your friend. Cats are sweet creatures. I’m sure he had a great life with you and he knows you wanted what was best.

    Anfaani August 24, 2016 5:55 pm Reply
  • So sorry for your loss. Cats know when it is it time and tell you. I miss all my passed on kitties so much.

    Anna August 24, 2016 7:38 pm Reply
  • Cats and Dogs have feelings just like we do and it’s so heart breaking when you lose one, it’s just like you lost your child. So Sad

    Tonya August 25, 2016 5:20 am Reply
  • I am so sorry for your – and the other commentors’ – loss.
    I tell everyone to just focus on the time you had together. Hard advice to take, even fo rme :/
    Our companion animals are priceless in life, and memory </3

    Sweet Andrew knows how much he's loved.

    KatWrangler August 25, 2016 3:48 pm Reply
  • RIP Andrew you are a wonderful loving Karine kitty Daniel just be waiting for your family at the right time at rainbow bridge . You’re such a brave boy I know that many people besides your family loved you!! Including myself rest in peace fuzzy boy .

    Kelly August 25, 2016 5:25 pm Reply
  • Andrew I meant to say that you are a loving furry boy??. Rest in peace Andrew you are loved and missed !!!

    Kelly August 25, 2016 5:27 pm Reply
  • I am so very sorry for your loss. He looks so sweet! Though he will forever be missed, take comfort knowing that he is no longer suffering.

    Kimberly September 13, 2016 7:13 am Reply
  • No one knows what you’re going through until their day comes.

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your pet child and may all the wonderful memories you had sustain and strengthen in your time of grief.

    Emily Crocetto September 13, 2016 7:58 am Reply
  • I had to put my baby down in April. He was a 17 year old manx, and I loveed him so much, he was my best friend and comforter. I feel so lost with out him, he laid beside every night purring and holding my hand. The day of his vet appointment I thought he was just having thyroid problems cause he was breathing hard and it was hard to get pill down. The vet did xrays and his body was so full of cancerous tumors you could’t see his organs. I was overwhelmed and she told me he was in alot of pain and so was I . I knew I had to make a decision and I told vet I needed to pray. So I went back into room, and looked at his beautifu l eyes full of pain and knew it was time to say good bye.So they gave him first shot and he relaxed, then second shot as i had my arms round him and he went to sleep in God’s arms. I’m sitting here sobbing cause I still miss him so much, but the look on his face, mommy, help me, I couldn’t deny. Some day I’ll hold him again. We took him home to let him rest in our pet graveyard, after they wrapped him up and put him in a little casket. I made him a headstone and visit him. I know I sound crazy but he was family and always will be in my heart

    Toby Lynn September 13, 2016 8:28 am Reply
  • You have my entire sympathy. I have been down this road previously and it extremely heart breaking. Rest in peace little one. I love you always

    Jean September 13, 2016 5:48 pm Reply
  • I’m sorry for your loss and all the other commentators. I still cry over my Cyprus who was the most loving Siamese cat on earth. I have had many cats since Cyprus, 40 years ago, but none of them came close to the love Cyprus gave me.

    Robin September 13, 2016 9:26 pm Reply
  • I have had a number of babies that I have had to make that hard decision. My 19-YO Sheba had traveled all over the country with me while I was in the military. Making that decision was so difficult. The vet wouldn’t let me be with her when she went and I regret not insisting every day. I remember sitting in the room by myself sobbing.

    The hardest by far was Taz. He was 14 and had cancer. He was feral when another furbaby adopted him and it took nine years for him to warm up to me enough to let me pet him and love on him and give kisses. I held him when they gave him the shot. Then sat in the room holding him for 15 minutes sobbing.

    I’ve had all of my furbabies cremated so I could take them with me since I have such a nomadic life. I have yet to put down roots. When I do I will scatter their ashes in their final resting place.

    Yes I am sobbing now missing all of my furbabies and knowing I have one now who I think may be very close to the end.

    michelle September 25, 2016 11:29 pm Reply
  • I am sobbing after having seen the picture and reading everyone’s comments. On Sept 15 of this year, we had to put down a sweet little 14 year-old semi-feral calico that lived in our home her whole life She never got beyond letting us stroke her head for a couple of times before she would run away. We noticed she had stopped eating and took her to the vet. She had severe intestinal carcinoma. I made the hated decision. She let me hold her (leaning over her on the table), I started to quietly hum to her. To my amazement she started to purr!! I had never heard her purr before. As the vet readied the 2nd shot, I held her and she looked up at me and purred. The vet said she knew who her mommy was and that I loved her deeply. I, too, have 3 more to make this awful decision as to when, in the near future. This was only the 2nd kitty we have had cremated she will be added to our pet cemetery in the ivy patch. Like all of you, we look forward seeing all of our babies over Rainbow Bridge.

    To all of you my sympathies, forever more. I am sobbing so hard I can not keep my fingers on the keys or see. May Jehovah bless you all and keep your fond, loving memories.

    AprlMarie October 3, 2016 3:02 pm Reply

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