Thanks. Yes it is Sam 8.
That's what he is like, far more lap cat, wants me to take naps during the day so he can snuggle up to me, follows me everywhere, and when he is sitting looking out of the window keeps meowing as if he is talking to me.
Re the above discussions about insurance. Get pet insurance. It definitely pays for itself.
Sammys cancer treatment 4 years ago - £3998 - I paid £87 of this.
Recent eye operation £1600, because of his age, I paid £275 of this.
In the past 11 years, I've paid a total of around £2650 in monthly premiums. Even the two incidents above more than cover the outlay. There have been plenty more (getting covered in blue paint, getting covered in oil, teeth extractions etc). It is reassuring to know that in an emergency I can turn up at the vet hospital at 4am on a Sunday morning (the oil incident) and know that the bill is always going to be manageable. Up until age ten that was always around £87.
Aside from this, I always know that when the time comes, the decision to say goodbye will be based on what is best for him, and not what I can afford to pay.