The universe is still here.
Emily, Defender of the Universe, who was (Polly's and) my cat for seventeen and a half of her almost eighteen years, died. She had severe renal failure so I asked (Linda to ask) the vet to put her to sleep. No doubt she had matyred herself (through her kidneys) to avert an extinction level crisis threatening the universe. For this we should all be grateful despite our ignorance. Thank you, Emily.