I should have written this post on Saturday. But, truth be told, I haven’t had the heart to do it before now.
So, please forgive the late blog entry. We let China go late Friday evening.
If you have been reading the blog for a while, you know that Cnina had been having a rough time for quite a while now (most recent post). We were all heartened when she seemed to rally two weeks ago, minutes before we were thinking of letting her go.
Despite the objective evidence (her emaciated appearance and frightening blood work), China was clearly not ready to leave. We cut back on her medications (they weren’t helping her) and decided that she knew better than us what she needed and wanted.
China gave us two more weeks. We all marvelled at her strength and were delighted to see her eating well and njoying her life.
On Friday morning, however, we detected a change in China. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but we kept a close eye on her. By that evening, we knew that something had changed. China couldn’t seem to get comfortable and her eyes looked, well, blank. She was telling us she was ready to go.
We made some calls and the entire staff showed up to be by her side as she started on the next step of her journey. She went gently and peacefully.
China was one of our more challenging cats and, therefore, held a special place in our hearts. She was completely unapologetic about her “bad attitude.” People could take it or leave it, but she would always be China.
And she was, gto the very end. She is dearly missed and the Community Room is not the same without her.