No better way to go...my heart goes out to you, even though we probably haven't ever conversed here.
I am very much a cat person (although I love dogs as well) and I have lost many good feline friends. This one looks like she had a very vivacious personality (and/or you just had a good shutter speed!!).
"You are metaphysicians. You can prove anything by metaphysics; and having done so, every metaphysician can prove every other metaphysician wrong--to his own satisfaction. You are anarchists in the realm of thought. And you are mad cosmos-makers. Each of you dwells in a cosmos of his own making, created out of his own fancies and desires. You do not know the real world in which you live, and your thinking has no place in the real world except in so far as it is phenomena of mental aberration." -The Iron Heel by Jack London
"Hazards exist that are not marked" - some bar in Chelsea