It saddens me that this is my first post of the year. Earlier today, we had to put our cat, Nova, to sleep. We found out yesterday that his whole chest cavity had filled with liquid, making it difficult for him to breathe with what little lung capacity was left. Additionally, they found a baseball-size mass in his abdominal area that they suspect was cancer.
This was a hard decision. Nova has faced adversity several times in the past, including a recurring lymph node problem (since he was a kitten) and kidney issues (over the last few years). He was definitely a fighter and a trooper, but I don’t think he would have won this battle, even if we pulled out all the stops.
Nova lived a long life, almost 14 years. He was a great companion, a beautiful animal, and he will be missed.