We have three cats in our house, two are my wife's and the big bruiser is mine. It's amazing how these unpresuming animals burrow their way into your being. So it's always sad when one of these unconditionally loving animals makes an exit from our lives.
My wife's eldest cat Mickey was diagnosed a few months ago with diabetes. Her 13th birthday was just this last Sunday. The spark of life had just gone out and we made the decision to euthanize her Tuesday.
She was a very sweet cat. She would start purring before you laid a hand on her to pet her. My wife feels guilty that she didn't pay more attention to her, but I don't think that that is true. Mickey got a lot of attention around here.
We called in a vet to make a house call and he assessed her condition. He agreed with our decision and gave Mickey a sedative to relax her while she lay in my wife's lap. This is the only way to do this. Mickey passed away with the people that loved her and at home.
She will be sorely missed.