Alright folks, any help is appreciated. My family has two cats, both of whom are blood-related siblings (sisters). We've raised them since they were about 6 months or so. They are now about 15, and have always been indoor cats. One of them is dying. Basky has a few health problems, and after a recent visit to the vet, the Doctor confirms that she is dying. She's thrown-up numerous times, despite a pill that's suppose to make her eat (it's given to her every three days). She's very thin, and hardly has any energy anymore. My mother and I discussed this last night. My parent's are suppose to go away for a week in April on vacation to Mexico. My mother will decide before then, if she doesn't get better, whether or not to have her put down before she leaves. If she get's better, great....but I don't think it's gonna happen. It will be very hard on the family, but at least she won't be suffering anymore. My mother has a house-call vet that will come and put her to sleep at home, rather than having to stuff her in a carrier and cart her off to the vet. Here's my question: how will it effect her sister, Cleo? How should we handle the loss with her? Obviously, give her as much love and attention as possible, but do we let her sniff Basky after she passes, so that she "knows" something is wrong, or do we just have her put down and let it be? They both, as I said, come from the same litter, and were very close as kittens. However, over the years, they've grown apart, though they still live in the same house and acknowledge each-other's presence, and use the same litter box and feeding-bowls, etc etc. So anyone who's had sibling-cats put to sleep, if you can chime in on this, I would appreciate it. Thank you!