Sleep well, Ywette.
Heaven has another kitty today.
Last night, Ywette passed away. We had our veterinarian friend come over and give her a shot, and it was all very peaceful. We held her until she wasn't there anymore.
Ywette came to live with us on 9/11 - THAT 9/11. So, we had her for eight wonderful years, and she was the mother of many, many beautiful kittens. In the past few months, we'd noticed her losing a lot of weight. Her fur lost its shine, and started to become matted and tangled. In combination with an increased thirst, that pointed to kidney problems.
We took a blood sample, and our fears were realized - she had hypertyreosis. Quite common in humans, and not exactly uncommon in older animals (Ywette was 12), and the prognosis can vary. In this case, it wasn't good. Her kidneys were already quite damaged, and the chance of her responding well to daily and lifelong medication was so-so. We decided that it was better for her to have a good ending.
This is the hardest thing one has to do as a pet owner - to decide, when they can't. Give your kitties an extra hug tonight, and send a thought to our Ywette, who was such a good companion for so many years.