She was the only cat in the household, and was indoors only. She got out just once, for just a few hours, but then, that's all it takes.
We got one boy and one girl, both with gray and black tiger stripes, and white "socks" on some feet.
That pretty well summed up their personalities for the rest of their lives.
Until, that is, one time when she was on the roof, and realized that the roof vent was directly above the sink, and figured that she could just pee through the roof vent instead. Well, pee doesn't just go straight down when you pee in a roof vent. It splashes all over everything - and everyone* - in the bathroom. Clever theory, my kitty friend, but unsuccessful in practice. That was even worse than the sofa cushions.
I'll never know, but I prefer to believe that she was adopted by someone, and still lives somewhere in the city.
I had to go to work in the afternoon, and when I returned he had thrown up again in the bathroom where I had left him, went out to the living room, and had collapsed on the floor. He was still breathing and alert. I gave him his dose of diuretic, which was supposed to help keep his fluids where they belonged (in his blood, not his abdomen). He tried to walk but he really couldn't. He wanted to go outside, so I carried him to his favorite spot* and let him lie there a few minutes before we went inside because it was cold.
It was more likely cancer or heart disease or organ failure.
If he was still alive in the morning, I had to think about putting him down. I put him in a corner, like he would always do when he didn't feel safe, and gave him something soft to lay on. I pet him and talked to him and then I went to sleep.
Next morning he had managed to get out of the corner and move several feet, but he clearly could not get up. For the first time since he had first gotten sick, he started crying. The moment I came in the room, he lifted his head and looked right at me and told me he was feeling terrible and he wanted me to help him, so I told him we would go to the vet and get him drained and hydrated again.
Its only been a couple hours, but I miss him already.