Good morning, Netizens...
King CJ the cat was my constant companion for nearly 15 years; as my wife sadly observed, he had been a beloved member of our extended family nearly longer than she and I have been married. We knew his end was near after he ate some fiberglass and suddenly stopped eating entirely for nearly a week straight. Old cats, particularly do not react well to eating fiberglass; it is deadly to their digestive tracts, but more than that, old cats cannot live very long without eating. That is perhaps way more information than you wanted to know, right?
During the week that just ended, given my frustrating work load, having CJ in constant pain, piteously crying out with considerably frequency, it hurt to see my old friend vocalizing and unable to do more than commiserate. It is a given, I hate watching any animal suffer, but especially an old friend makes for a painful experience.
After nearly two weeks attempting to hand-feed CJ, including baby food and tuna cocktails via a syringe, and when my poor old friend no longer could raise his head unassisted, we finally took him to the vet and had him put down.
There is now a burial plot in our back yard near the entrance to the Garden Gnome community, and an empty place in our hearts that will take time to fill.
Rest easy old friend.