Just a month and a half ago I lost a feline companion of 18 years. He’d been declining for years, but finally reached the point where he could no longer get to his food, water or litter box on his own. I finally had to take him on that trip to the vet’s that only one comes home from. Losing him was doubly hard because he’d been my late wife’s cat, and was my last living link to her.His remains have joined hers in her urn. Someday I will also join them when my own mortality catches up to me. Oddly enough, I found out that it costs as much to cremate a pet (if you want the remains returned) as it does to cremate a human.