Little Boo's last day was not uneventful. She was having troubles, had a couple small seizures, and even rolled down a flight of stairs at one point. Walking was difficult, wobbly. I wasn't sure if she'd injured herself on the stairs, or if she was just weak from not eating or drinking. Or both. All I could do was try to comfort her. I also took a bunch of pictures, and marveled at how beautiful she was even though she was one very sick cat.
I got her up in my lap one more time and comforted her. She wasn't about to move, but I could tell she wanted her space, so I let her rest on the crazy quilt. That's when I noticed the teardrop running from her eye.
She didn't like the clicking and the light from the camera. The sound was something that could trigger a seizure, so I didn't take too many pictures. Just enough. We fell asleep on the couch for a while, and when I woke up, she'd moved to the far end of the other couch. She rallied a little, got herself over to her food and water, and had a couple bites of food and a few sips of water, her last meal. Soon, it would be time to go.
This picture of her drinking water is the very last picture I took of Little Boo. She rallied again on the way to the vet. I'd made a bed with an old comforter and a towel on the floor of the passenger side. I was sure she wouldn't move, and it seemed so inappropriate to put her in a cage. As we began to drive, she got herself up on the passenger seat so she could look out the window and see all the lights. I held on to her with one arm so she wouldn't slip off the leather seat, and stroked her gently.
The drop-off was fast and very difficult, but that's how our last day together was. Too fast, and very difficult. Even though she didn't like the camera, I'm glad I took these pictures. They helped me see Boo's exquisite beauty and grace, even when she was very weak and ready to die. I am thankful for Boo, and you can be sure I let her know. I'm even thankful for our last day together.
She was cremated, a "private" as they call it. When you have a "private" done, you can get their ashes back. I'd never done that with any pet before, but I did with Boo.