At 13 years old, he was starting to have problem walking around, It seems like his back legs don't want to work right anymore, he could only move a few feet then just collapse.
Vet thinks it is arthritis and considering his large size and age, it was better to have him put down than to spend bundle treating him for what may be just a few more months.
He was 13 years and a few months old.
When I first found him 13 years ago at the bottom of the barn, it was fall time already and weather was already turning cooler. He and his late sister didn't appear ready to be weaned at about 6 weeks old and I didn't know who the mother was so I left them alone. He was found again a week later making a fuss, it was apparent he hadn't eaten for a while and was likely abandoned by his mother so he moved in the house. His sister was found dead of possible animal attack.
He used to love to sit on laps and get petted. He generally got along with most cats but disliked fight, he'd run if there's loud fighting somewhere. Before Tux came in the house, he'd often sleep on my bed.
I did notice the past summer he rarely came up the steps anymore and seemed to prefer to sleep anywhere rather than come to lap for petting. His condition was likely already progressing a few months earlier and just didn't show obvious problem until about a week ago when I took a picture of him on the couch giving me the dreaded laser eyes.
when he tried to help me with Christmas gift at about 2 years old.