Zipper stumbled trying to get into the bathtub for her morning water from the faucet routine with Missy. I could see she was in pain. She could barely walk. Hubby and I took her to the E vet and the diagnosis of severe arthritis was made. Her days of walking were over. They gave her pain meds and the decision was made to let her go peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge. She was ready. She actually closed her eyes and slipped away without fear or fuss.
We are heartbroken - the tears are flowing for us both but we know it was her time. She had a good life with us. We adopted her at 9 years old from the SPCA and she is now almost 16. She had simple pleasures like sleeping on the screened in porch, drinking from the bathtub faucet and sleeping between our heads and purring all night. She was a very, very good girl and we will miss her terribly.
There is nothing that can be said to ease your way right now, except the knowledge that you were there for Zipper in her need and you didn't let her suffer. That is the best we can do as compassionate guardians of our furkids. So sorry that Zip is not with you anymore, but she was well loved and had such a happy home for many years that she would not have had otherwise.
RIP well loved orange and white girl - you are playing now and running with no pain at the bridge.
I am so very sorry to hear about Zipper. I know you are going through a very emotional time and we are all here for you. (((((((((((Hugs and lots of comfort)))))))))). I am sure Mocha, Teddy, and Lucy are all up at the Bridge welcoming, comforting, and playing with Zipper, helping her transition to her new life as a healthy cat again.