We had to say goodbye to Amber on April 16th. She was 19. We were fortunate in that her passing was not related to the tainted food issue, so we didn't have to deal with the horrible feelings associated with that. I don't know what I would have done if that would have been the case. I feel for all of you who have suffered losses because of that. Amber was a very remarkable kitty. She came into our lives as an abandoned kitten just before the birth of our first child, so she has grown up along with our children! She despised all other cats except for the cat who lived with us when she moved in, and that bond with Midnight was close until he passed away at 16 years of age. Amber was a wonderful companion to our two sons, a persistant cuddle bug. She did everything with our family, including travel the midwest and eastern United States and Canada in her carrier with our family and travel trailer. I used to joke that she was easier to travel with than the kids because she would just sleep and not hassle us with "Are we there yet??" As her senior years advanced, her arthritis made it harder for her to walk and she lost her vision. Yet she always used her litter box. She always knew when we came in the room, and always came to greet us, looking for a pet and a scratch behind the ear. Even on her last day, she struggled to come to us. She was a very tough and determined kitty. We are going to miss her on our vacation this year. My bedroom just won't be the same without her.