I took the tough decision this morning to have my darling girl Misty put to sleep. She become rather unwell suddenly the week before last and kidney failure was diagnosed. 5 days at the vets on IV helped improve her but on coming home although she was very happy to be home initially I found she'd only eat a little at each mealtime (and only of her very favourite food) and became more withdrawn much of the time. This morning she was off her food again and drinking way more water than normal and the vet found she'd lost noticeable weight even since last Wednesday, so the compassionate choice was to say goodbye.
I'll miss her gentle adoring headbutts, rubbing her soft belly, her long loud purrs (which could carry on a good 5-10 minutes after I'd stopped stroking her), her complaining when I'm late with mealtimes and her feisty nature with my other cats.