Yesterday, we started to notice that our Chloe was not eating and was very listless. Today my husband took her in to the vet and found out she had feline diabetes and had developed ketoacidosis (sp?). We could have tried an expensive treatment, but the vet said her chance of survival even with the treatment was slim. So, we had to make the very difficult choice to let her go.
We got her from the animal shelter as an approximately 10 month old kitten, and she was 12 years old. She was the most child-friendly and all-around people-friendly cat I have ever met. We feel terrible that she was living with undiagnosed diabetes, but she showed absolutely no signs of being ill, aside from weight gain, until yesterday. (She was due for senior kitty bloodwork this fall.)
Needless to say, it is a very sad day in our house. I will post photos later. :-(