Today we had to say goodbye to our dear friend Lex. She and her sister were adopted by us about 7 or 8 years ago. They were 7 years old at that time and had been in a cage at our vets for 3 months until we brought them home. I don't know what her life was like before. Lex and Sable were not lap cats and did not like to be held. Sable was the dominant of the 2 and she used to jump Lex and hiss at her. After coming to live with us they both settled into their own routines. At bedtime Lex would always come and lay beside me while I read before turning off the light. Sable would sit with Rich. Last spring we lost Sable. Her heart was failing. Since then Lex has enjoyed being a single cat in the house. Since last October she has decided she really liked being a lap cat and would spend time with me in the evening. She had been having some arthritis trouble. The last couple of days she really took a turn for the worse. She did not eat or drink and found a place to curl up in. Rich took her to the vet today and he didn't even want to Xray her because her heart may not take it. So we made the tough decision and she now sleeps next to her sister out by our garden. The house seems so empty.