I didn't want this to happen while I was away, but the vet called yesterday. Kira was starting to get worse. She was beginning to suffer, so the best thing to do was to put her to sleep. So they did it today. I'm glad I said good-bye before I left- I had a feeling she wasn't going to be there when I got home. They'll cremate her.
I'm going to miss her so much. My heart is just breaking now. :( She had 14 1/2 good years, and she lived longer than she was expected to. Kira was my baby- the first cat in the family who was really mine. She chose me- following me home one day after she'd been abandoned.