Sage passed away today. She and her brother Maestro have been residents of our sanctuary for six years, and we expected her to be around for a long time yet. Something went wrong a few weeks ago, she was struggling to breathe. We rushed her to the vet, where she stayed the night and underwent a series of tests. Probably an underlying chronic lung issue, compounded by pneumonia. Many tests and medications were tried, but to no avail. Sage went into respiratory distress today, and we had to let her go. Sage's brother Maestro is palliative, he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Here we were worried about how she would take his loss, when now it is he that has to adjust. Sage and Maestro have been together their whole lives (read about how they came to be Saints here http://www.saintsrescue.ca/2011/05/05/dear-moron/). We lost a sweet, loving, beautiful cat today, and every one of us will feel the emptiness she leaves behind. Thank you Coastal Rivers Pet Hospital for everything you did for our girl Sage.
i had forgotten how mad i was when i wrote that blog...6 years later i have better temper control. what that blog doesn't say is why sage and maestro never got a home of their own again. they both came in de-clawed and like many cats the de-clawing led to some pretty serious litter box issues...ie maestro especially peed on EVERYTHING, all the time. we didn't want to split them up and since they were both happy here and no one wanted to adopt peeing cats anyway...this became their final home. maestro will pass in the next few months, sage has gone on before him....they are both sweet and absolutely lovely cats. even while she was struggling to breathe...sage never stopped purring, rest in peace sweet, sweet sage.