Schatz came into my life in the spring of 2001 when someone had abandoned him out in the country near my parent’s farm. When I saw Schatz he was 9 pounds, with some health issues. Even though this cat was very sick, he had the loudest purr, and sweetest personality. He was diagnosed by the Vet to be approximately 3 yrs old with upper respiratory infection, ear mites, and fleas. Through all the multiple trips to the Vet, Schatz remained sweet. When I would pick up Schatz he would put his front legs around my neck and snuggle with his loud purr. This is where I came up with his name “Schatz” Schatz translated from the German language is “Sweetheart” I took Schatz back with me to live in Fort Collins with my Siamese cat Delfina and I. Schatz went from 9 pounds to 22 pounds. I was very blessed to have Schatz in my life for 12 years. Schatz was there with me through the ups and downs of my life, including losing both my Mom and cat Delfina to cancer. When I would come home from work, he would greet me at the door like a dog would do. To ensure that Schatz could still enjoy the outdoors, I trained him to walk on a leash when I took him outside. We even made a few trips to Pet Smart. There had been some of my friends dogs that would actually run away from Schatz when he would hiss at swat at them. The dogs instantly found out that Schatz was in charge. Schatz also like to claim chairs. If someone would leave a chair, Schatz would immediately claim the chair as his. Even though, there would be other empty chairs, he would want to claim the chair that was being used. About 3 years ago, Schatz was diagnosed with Diabetes. Fortunately, since his Diabetes had been caught early it went into remission. In the beginning of May this year, Schatz’s blood work reflected that his diabetes had surfaced again. Resulting in Schatz requiring, insulin shots twice a day, and blood draws at the Vet Clinic. Even though everyone at the Vet Clinic were great, Schatz did not like going to the Vet Clinic. He would let everyone in the clinic know that he would rather be at home then at the clinic. After a lot of praying, I came to the difficult decision to have Schatz euthanized. I chose home to heaven so that Schatz could spend his last hour in the comfort of his home. I loved Schatz very much, and he will truly be missed. But I find peace in the fact that Schatz is up in heaven now with my Mom and Delfina.
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