Our kitty Nugget, who we nicknamed Snuggs, has spent the past several years being treated for bad arthritis of his hips. Then, about six months ago, he began to lose weight. We tried three different diet regimens (the vet suspected malabsorption of the intestines, or worse, cancer), but none worked. He got progressively weaker and stopped drinking and eating. After discussing with the vet, we made the decision last week to have him put to sleep.
Tyler wanted to be with him when he went. I was worried that he would feel traumatized, and asked him several times if he was sure. He held Snuggs as he took his last breath. It was (is) heartbreaking.