I had Tootle put to sleep today. I took him to the vet a couple weeks ago because he had been losing weight. The vet said he had a tumor on one of his lymph nodes and prescribed some steroids to shrink the tumor and some appetite stimulants. Tootle seemed to perk up at first, but over the last few days he had barely moved. He did not resist when I put him in the carrier and his mewing was barely audible as I drove to the vet.
Tootle was the most gentle, sociable and tolerant cat I have ever known. He would put up with a great deal of poking and prodding from small children. When he had enough, he would simply get up and walk away. He rarely hissed or scratched.