One of the saddest examples of art imitating life came Monday night when Kyra Sedgwick wept genuine tears as she held Kitty, her character Brenda Johnson's cat, in her arms. According to Today/msnbc's article, the story line was necessary because Miss Kitty, the cat who played Kitty, was terminally ill, and the show's creator, James Duff didn't want to replace her.
Sedgwick broke down during the filming of this episode, because she had had to put to sleep her own cat just weeks before. Her tears were apparently not the only ones shed. Duff told the reporter,
"There were lots of people weeping when she went through the last scene with the cat," Her last moments with Kitty are so heart-wrenching. Everybody felt that way. In fact, I got more comments on the day we shot that scene than on any other scene we had in the show. We were all upset."
The scene showed Johnson holding Kitty in her arms as she was being euthanized in her home, and telling her tenderly, "It's only because I love you so much." That's much in line with what I would say to Kyra Sedgwick, and everyone else who reaches that painful decision time for their loved cat. "Making this final decision is the most loving, selfless acts you can do, and your cat will be grateful for giving her a dignified and peaceful passing."