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I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do, but I did it for myself also, to be able to say goodbye to Nortie and all the things he slept on and curled up in.
I couldn't bring myself to wash my cat's things for months, but had to in the end when another cat came, but the person who gave me the new cat said it had been so long (I had no other cats) that the smell had probably gone now. Having another cat, though, still living at the time is different, so maybe it did help.
They were very close in the end, Faye. She really rallied around him. Schnellie, Frankie, Toostie and Keeper rarely left his side, since he couldn't walk. I'm sure if they could have brought him food, they would have. But he ate like a pig even to the end. Schnellie spends most of her time in his bed on the couch. I washed all the cats' bedding that was washable so that maybe I could get his smell out of the house for the other cats. I don't know if it was a good idea or a bad one, but I thought it might help them.
You mentioned Schnellie was giving Nortie his space a few weeks ago when he had his attack. Did she resume her closeness? How is she handling this...a little lost?