Her illness came as a complete shock and surprise to me. I came home from work on Monday evening and she was having some stomach issues. I would have taken her right to the vet on Tuesday but my car was also in distress. I noticed steam coming up from under the hood on my way home from work on Monday, so I knew that I needed to take care of that first thing on Tuesday. I couldn't go anywhere else except to the car dealership. So Tuesday morning I was able to take her to the vet and was told she had a lot of fluid in her abdomen and that her blood pressure was very low. In fact, so low, that it was very difficult for him to get blood out of her to send off for analysis along with some of the fluid taken from her abdomen. We had to wait until today to get the results back and unfortunately, it was not good news. She had cancer, probably in her liver and/or intestines. There was nothing to be done for her - no treatment, no cure. I won't go into the other issues she had been having since Wednesday, but I knew that she was in distress and that the best thing for her was to have her euthanized. She needed relief from what she was going through. I got the news while I was at work and went home and sat with her for awhile petting her and talking to her so she'd know how much she was loved. She purred and drooled (long hair cats seem to do this). It was with a very heavy heart that I took her back to the vet to perform the procedure. I did stay with her until the very end so she knew that that someone was there and cared for her. Her body will be cremated and her ashes sent to me. My little pet cemetery in my back yard is getting full.
It was very weird though and I swear this is true. As I was driving home and was approaching my house and about to turn into the driveway, I distinctly and clearly heard a cat's meow. I didn't have one in my car and there were none out on the street and besides, I had the windows up. I know that it was Reggie telling me it was okay and she was fine. She'll be in my heart always.
Rest in peace my beautiful girl.