sorry to hear about buddy GreatPumpkin. i have a 19 year old cat who suffered two strokes over the summer, and with me being out of country for school i worry about not being able to see her before she goes. luckily she recovered quite well from her strokes so hopefully she still has some time left in her. my parents have said they will not get another cat when the time eventually comes for pixie to go, but i think they will miss having a cat around. especially since my brother and i will be out of the house. if you give your parents some time they may decide they do miss having a cat around and are open to getting another one.