Last night, we said goodbye to Inky… a little black cat who’s been part of our family for 14 years.

She’s always been the caregiver  — the one who, when someone was ill, would curl up beside them as though to comfort and heal.  She survived a close call a few years ago when she got into some antifreeze that my brother-in-law spilled in the driveway, but somehow pulled through it. 

Last Summer, she began losing weight at an alarming rate, despite eating and drinking normally.  We took her to the vet, but the blood tests revealed nothing (although it did rule out liver or kidney failure, as well as feline leukemia).  The doc told me in November that it was probably cancer, and I knew then that it was up to me to watch for the signs of pain, to know when it was kinder to just let her go peacefully.

Just before winter break, she was still leaping to the top of the refrigerator, where she basked in the warmth and watched all that went on.  In the days after Christmas, she could no longer jump to the island, but still behaved normally in all other ways.  By Saturday evening, it seemed that she had some neurological problems — she singed her tail on a candle, and appeared to walk with difficulty.  Yesterday, she seemed more frail than ever, and for the first time, did not finish her lunch.

Last night as she lay in front of the woodstove, I knew from her labored breathing that the time had come, and planned to take her to the vet for the last time today.  She didn’t make it through the night.

6 Responses to “Inky”

  1. on 31 Dec 2007 at 10:48 am Joel

    My condolences, Netmom. It’s always sad to lose a companion.

    We lost our pet starling earlier this year, at nearly the same age and with similar symptoms. He was energetic and curious in his prime, which is how I like to remember him.

    Our lives are richer because of such companions, n’est ce pas?

  2. on 31 Dec 2007 at 11:06 am daco

    I am so sorry to hear about your family friend. I can certainly understand the pain that accompanies the loss of a beloved pet.

    Over thirty years ago it became necessary to put my dog Auggie to sleep. I still hurt when I think about telling him goodbye.

  3. on 31 Dec 2007 at 2:06 pm Punk HP

    I remember when you got Incky, and although I am very sad, It makes me happy that we have been friends for so long.

  4. on 31 Dec 2007 at 4:56 pm girlfriend

    I’ll bet he is in pet heaven with Rascal. I hope he likes dogs.

  5. on 01 Jan 2008 at 12:50 am LissaKay

    I am so sorry for your loss. These furbabies make and keep a special place in our hearts that feels so very empty when they are gone. Kitties are among the very best people I know. My kitties will get extra treats in memory of Inky.

  6. on 01 Jan 2008 at 3:10 pm Lauri

    Losing a beloved pet is the worst…my heart goes out to you and your family.

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