On March 16th, 2008, my wife’s cat Spike or “Booga” passed away peacefully from lung cancer. We had spent last week getting him looked at, using x-rays and ultrasound to see if there was anything we could do for him. There was not; the cancer was large, and terminal. His thoracic cavity was filling with fluid from the growths, making it hard to breathe. We had about a coke can full of fluid removed from his lungs, which kept him comfortable for several days, giving us time to say goodbye.
He died in our arms at the vet’s office from euthanasia after sedation. He was 14 years old, and had been with my wife through almost all of that time, although I had known him less than half a decade. An amazing cat and companion.
Before he died, I promised him that I would add a character in his honor to my game. It won’t happen right away, but a “Booga Cat” will be in the game as a friendly NPC at some point down the road, as a lasting memorial to Spike.