Today Jack and I have very broken hearts. Sylvia became ill Tuesday and had a vet visit Friday. She had kidney failure and a uti also. The vet thought with special food she would have time left with us maybe a year or more. But we were all worried as she had already dropped to 5.86 pounds. She managed a wee bit of food that night and we hoped! However Saturday was a big downslide. She was having trouble walking and hiding under the bed. Last night I awoke to her retching and gagging and crying out in pain. she did not want to be touched and went back under the bed and the pain eased some. I lay on the floor close to the bed so she knew I was there. It was obvious she was hurting and could not settle. She tried to turn her head upside down and look funny at me as she often did. By six, it was obvious she was ready to let go of that painful body so I woke Jack up. She tried to purr for him and cuddled up to him for some last loves. She did not fight going into her crate and we made that short trip for her journey to a pain free place in Heaven. At 8:46 this morning she was set free from a world of pain. While Jack sat and grieved with her when we arrived home, I dug her little grave in a favorite spot and we said so long for now. Oh how it hurts to let her go! But we could not be selfish and let her suffer so we could keep her longer. These are the last pictures taken of her some only last weekend and week. Good bye my sweet kitty, you were a blessing.