|Purred: Wed Aug 1, '12 2:05pm PST |
|I know it's always said that we will know it is time...and I have with all my other animals, but this different. My cat, scooter, is 19 and was healthy up until a several months ago, when she started losing weight. Ran some blood tests and she was found to be in the early stages of renal failure. Switched her to canned Science diet KD which she ate for a little while but then started refusing that.
Tried raw goats milk mixed with smelly fishy food and she has been eating that for a few months although steadily losing weight still. Tried raw- but she wouldn't eat it. The last few days now she won't eat anything just laps a little fishy liquid from canned people mackarel. She is skin and bones. Tried SC fluids a couple months ago but she hated the procedure and at that time I said we'll just keep her comfortable till it's time.
She is still purring, seeking attention, sitting on my lap and doesn't appear to be in any pain....but she has stopped cleaning herself the last couple days. She is still urinating though and has some hard stool.
Now here's the dilemma. We are leaving for Europe next week, returning on the 17th and my daughter will be moving in the house to take care of the animals. She can certainly manage an ill cat, but I do not want her to have to be the one to make the decision to put her down...or have a crazy trip to the emergency vet at 2 AM be Scooter's last memory. I also don't want her to suffer, and I'm not sure if she's not suffering now. I don't think she'll make it to the 17th- but who knows?
I don't have any problem bringing her to the vet for an evaluation, and will probably bring her in tomorrow or Friday regardless, but I just want to process what the best course of action is before standing in that exam room and deciding in a haze of grief to now run every test in the book, which meets my needs, not Scooter's. We could run some labs, but I don't think that's going to give me the answer, other than to see what her numbers are now. But what would we do with that info anyway? Her clinical condition is so poor now.
I really don't want her to suffer...and I feel selfish making this decision based on a vacation...but I also fell irresponsible not addressing it appropriately before we go. I'm very torn. She is not quite ready yet- but I know it won;t be long, and should I do this before I go?
She has had a great life. Was a stray 4-5 month old kitten when she showed up on our deck and decided she would live with us. I think it's best to do this before we leave and bring calm closure to a wonderful life- but does anyone have any insight into this? I'm going to pick up some different varieties of smelly, junky cat food tonight in a last ditch effort to get her to eat, and maybe she'll rally...but she has no reserves now.
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