About a month ago, we noticed a lump on the side of Zoe's jaw. Thinking it was just an infection or blocked saliva gland or similar we ignored it for a couple of weeks hoping it would heal itself but then it grew so she was having trouble eating. Last weekend I took her to the local vet and was devastated to learn that it is cancer and she wouldn't have long to live. Even if we could have afforded surgery, because of her age and its location they wouldn't have been able to do anything for her. Since then we have been feeding her mushed mince and cat milk but she cant even get that down now because the tumor has grown under her jaw as well. So tomorrow is the day we say goodbye. I am absolutely heartbroken and this decision, deciding when to put an end to her life is one of the hardest I have ever had to make. Zoe has been my companion for 15 years. We got her as a little grey kitten in August 1993 when I was all of 8 years old so she has been by my side for 2/3 of my entire life.
So goodbye Zoe, goodbye my friend. May you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart.