Anni died today, she has been my sweet friend and confidant since October 1995 when I plucked her out of a cardboard box full of "free kittens" in front of Kroger in Loveland, Ohio.
She had lost some weight lately but we attributed that to a change in diet when we went to an all canned food diet for our diabetic kitty - Mike. Anni preferred her crunchies and she was not thrilled with the food change. She was still spunky and had some cattitude but she had become a little more clingy the last week.
Today something happened. She started to cry around noon as if she had a hairball to pass but she didn't puke. She went back to sleep on top of the heating grate behind the loveseat and I thought nothing of it. But then she stood up and peed on the floor - she NEVER did this -she was fastidious and I knew something was wrong. I went and got a laundry basket and made her a nest and then I called the vet and left a message on th emergency voice mail. She tried to jump out of the basket and fell and just laid there and cried.
When the vet called back we were on our way - going to meet him at the office. As I feared there was nothing to be done - he said it felt as if her abdomen was filled with fluid - likely blood from a ruptured tumor. The only humane thing was to end her suffering and my husband and I both cried as we said goodbye. I held her as she took her last few breaths.
Goodbye Anni - You have been my friend for 13 years and I will miss you.