And people are super emotional about it.
This is Andrew the cat, a treasured member of Andrew Bernhard’s family for 15½ years. In this photo, he is holding hands with his owners as they drive to the vet to put him down.
“I was crying a lot, for sure,” Bernhard told BuzzFeed News of realizing that Andrew might know, on some level, that it was time to say goodbye.
Bernhard said that putting Andrew the cat down had become the only “fair” thing to do.
“He was by my side for a long time and just had been running out of gas,” he said. “He wasn’t eating or drinking, stopped purring, and just wasn’t himself. It would’ve been selfish to keep him just because I didn’t want to lose him.”
Andrew was always a lap cat, Bernhard said, so the show of affection wasn’t a huge surprise.
“He’d always want to lay on you and be real close