We said goodbye to one of our two remaining cats today. Zanzibar Buck Buck McFate (of course there's a Dr Seuss wiki) was eleven, and she went peacefully at the vet's office. She was a great cat, full of personality and incredibly social, especially for a cat. She was great with the kids in particular.
As this is a medical blog, I'll share some interesting details. She had developed some dramatic weight loss and wasting over a couple of months, and we got an ultrasound which confirmed a gastric lymphoma:
She was a pretty sick kitty at the end, but this morning she really rallied, taking a patrol around the house and even jumping on my lap at the desk, which she hasn't done for weeks. It made it a little harder to say good-bye, but it was necessary. The boys and all of us were there with her at the vet's when she closed her eyes for the last time. I'm going to miss that cat.