I just got news that Sammy died yesterday. He was 14 years old and one of the sweetest, most gentle cats I’ve ever known (and I’ve know literally hundreds through my work at shelters over the years). He was also my cat’s roommate at the shelter for about 6 months while they waited to get adopted.
He came to the shelter after his owner died, and he had a thyroid condition that had remained untreated for quite a while. All of his teeth had to be pulled a couple months ago because he also had a lot of serious dental issues. But he spent the last 3 months of his life in great hands, and I know they made him as comfortable and happy as possible.