Sadly, last Monday we had to have our almost 18 year old cat, Miou, put to sleep. She had been diagnosed with liver/kidney/spleen cancer over two months ago, but had been doing well until late last week, when she started to deteriorate. By Saturday she stopped eating and drinking. It was very hard to do, but we couldn't let her suffer anymore.
This picture of her was taken in March of this year. We got her as a kitten when my daughter, Katie, was seven. She named her after a character in a favorite book, In the Castle of Cats. (Our 3 year tuxedo cat, Purrkins, is also named for a cat in the book.)