There's a reason for my absence the past week: we've been nursing our kitty Saja, who has been really sick. He got some kind of infection about six weeks ago, which was alternately diagnosed as congestive heart failure, pneumonia and kidney disease. We've done everything possible to save him and help him get back to a relatively normal state, from admitting him for treatment to long-term antibiotics at home. But he took a really bad turn this past week, and is now unable to walk and is pretty much unresponsive. He's conscious, but has simply stopped reacting to us and his surroundings. We have to have him put to sleep tomorrow.
Although we know it's the only thing we can do at this point, we're all absolutely sick. Our first two cats died when the kids were very little. Machka died when The Boy was a baby, so he has no recollection of her. That was before The Girl arrived. Sneeze, our one-eyed yellow stray, had to be put down when The Boy was four and The Girl was two. We got Saja a few months later. He's been with them throughout their childhoods.
Saja has always been a bit of a lump. He loves to sleep on his back, which none of our other cats ever did. Sometimes he sleeps that way in the middle of the living room floor, legs splayed like he owns the place. He loves peanut butter, too - I'll never eat it again without thinking of him. And chips, although we didn't let him have them very often, just a nibble now and then. But if you opened a chip bag in the kitchen, he'd hear it on the other side of the house and would come running.
Saja's a pretty big cat, and in his prime weighed around thirteen pounds - not huge, but pretty substantial. At the vet last Monday he weighed 5.03 pounds. It makes me cry to look at him.
My poor Saji-kitty. I think we're all in a bit of shock, because he declined so quickly. And even though he's pretty old, without this infection he had a few years left. I'm just so damn sad.
Saja slipped away in his sleep this afternoon. I'm glad it was peaceful and we didn't have to euthanize him. But I'm so sad he's gone.