One of the vets from Virginia-Maryland School of Veterinary Medicine called Wednesday to report on the result of Loki’s autopsy. Bottom line: They still don’t know what caused the kitten’s extensive brain damage but we did the right thing by bringing him in and having him put to sleep.

The masses in his brain had expanded to the point that the pressure caused pain and Loki would have died in another day or two but would have suffered much more had we not chosen to end his short life.

We still miss him a great deal, as do our three grown cats, but it helps to know we spared him more pain in his last few days of life.