Jynxie was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year ago and had slowly deteriorated. The vet advised us that sometimes cats with diabetes do well on insulin and others not so much. At first Jynx was responding well and seemed to be feeling better, then around Christmas time her body stopped responding to the insulin. We knew that her kidneys were starting to shut down and I had to make the decision that it was time. The vet concurred with my decision and said that if I hadn't brought her in that she probably would of had a seizure and died at home within a month. While this decision was a difficult one, I know it was the right one. Her quality of life was not great and I didn't want her to be in pain anymore.
Saying goodbye to Jynx was definitely a hard thing to do. I had made the appointment a week prior, just to give us some final time with her as well as to give us time to prep the girls. I got a few books from the library on losing a pet and the night before the four of us sat down with the girls to have a discussion. Addison shed a few little crocodile tears and didn't say a whole lot. Alexis had a full on nasty cry and kept saying she didn't want Jynxie to go to heaven.
The night of her appointment, Terry helped me get Jynx in her crate. I set her on the coffee table and gave the girls a chance to say their final goodbyes. Addison again had a few little tears sliding down her cheek. Alexis was a sobbing mess. I was generally OK until Terry started crying and then I got sick to my stomach. I left with Jynxie and Terry stayed home to console the girls. We decided that they didn't need to be a part of the final appointment. Which in hindsight was definitely best!!