Well, this is it. The beginning of the end.

If any readers out there have ever had to make the decision of putting a pet to sleep (especially one who was an incredible friend), my heart goes out to you because it is absolutely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

This is definitely the saddest page of CAAATS! that has ever been posted or ever will be posted. For a really long time I struggled with whether or not I should even include Hazel’s passing in the comic at all, but at the end of the day it just didn’t feel like something that should be ignored. Our pets can be such a big part of our lives, and one of the things I enjoyed most over the past four years was being able to share those experiences with other cat people (and even dog people) week in and week out. The happy ones and occasionally, the not so happy ones.

I know I say it a lot, probably too much but I’m so thankful for everyone who has shown this comic support over the years. With just three pages to go, I hope you’ll come along for the rest of the journey. See you next Wednesday for more CAAATS!