My sincere thanks to all of you who responded to my query. I had some doubts about the prednisone. A doctor I once had said that while steroids may temporarily appear that they are helping the progression of a particular disease, sometimes they suppress the immune system, ultimately creating more problems than they solved. I knew that, but didn't question the doctor - which I am now sorry that I didn't. There may have been an adequate response from the doctor - or not. I decided not to have an autopsy done because I couldn't stand the thought of cutting up that beautiful creature, and maybe not finding anything. Would a doctor inform me of something they should have caught, but didn't? Maybe at this point, if that's the case, I just don't want to know. Again, I thank all of you for thinking of my kitten and the suffering she experienced. I have had numerous cats in my life, each one being a unique individual, and each one bringing me enormous pain when it passed. I really hope we are all spirits and I get to see them all again when it is my life ends.