My wonderful, wonderful cat, Henry, died "the good death" peacefully in my arms around 12:30 PM today.
His kidneys had failed and he had stopped eating and drinking. It was time.
Henry was magnificent in every way - genuinely beautiful, possessed of great dignity, and more affectionate than any other cat who has ever shared my life. He specialized in nose kisses and ear nuzzles! He was the "old man" of the family and never lost his "top kitty" status --- even after he got sick.
I am, of course, grief stricken - especially losing him so soon after my beloved Izzy.
But I am grateful and always will be. Grateful to have had the opportunity to give him a forever home when he needed one and even more grateful for all the emotional and spiritual support he has given me for thirteen years now.
Rest in peace my sweet boy. You are purring for the angels now.