Loki, our loving kitten with the advancing nureological impairment, does not have a liver shunt and cannot be cured.

Vets at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary School gave us the bad news Friday night. An elevated liver count in a previous blood test had raised our hopes that Loki’s balance problems might be caused by a liver shunt which could be repaired by surgery.

But after another round of tests the results came back negative on the liver shunt and after many tests the vets admit that is nothing we can do for Loki except make him comfortable for whatever time he has left on this earth.

We’re not going to put this poor kitten through any more tests. We will bring him home and love him.

And we will cry.