|Purred: Mon Aug 27, '12 6:25am PST |
|Previously (several months ago) I took Ophelia to the vet and she was dx with a UTI and diabetes. She was given a shot for the UTI and we put her on a diet for the diabetes because the insulin meds were just too expensive.
After struggling through her still peeing all over the place, I took her back to the vet last week. She has lost 2.5 pounds, which I was excited about because she needed to lose the weight.
Unfortunately, that was the only good news. She has a UTI again, and apparently it's very severe. She'll need a pill for the next couple of weeks. Her sugar levels, which were extremely high before, were higher. Which means the special diet did nothing for her. She also has cataracts now.
So I am left with two solutions. One, is to give her two shots of insulin for the rest of her life. The second is to have her euthanized.
Neither choice is a good choice. It has been a couple of days since the vet visit and I need to make a decision. But I don't know what the decision should be. My husband says that he's behind whatever decision I make, but that I have to make it, because really, she's my kitty. I'm the one home with her all the time. I raised her.
So, after days of crying, I have to try and figure out what to do. And I need some help and opinions.
Insulin was going to be around $150-$200/month from the last time I spoke to the vet about it. Is that something we can afford? Sort of. We can pay for it, but it could put a strain on things. Not terribly, but I know it will affect us. Insulin will not help her cataracts or the weakness she has in her back legs now. It will help get her sugar under control. It will stop the UTIs from happening (hopefully). It may stop her peeing and pooping in all the places that are not the litter box.
But what kind of quality of life will she have? She already spends most of the time sleeping under our bed. She comes out to keep, pee, and sit on the enclosed porch when I open the door. I will need to corner her twice a day to give her a shot. And I know that's going to be a struggle for us both. She's extremely strong and fights me when I give her bath or try to brush her.
And then I have option 2. Which feels like I shouldn't even be thinking about it, because it makes me a terrible person. But I have to consider it, because it may be what's best for her in the long run. Do I let her go now, or do we go through the shots? Because I know the first shot I give her will be the easiest. And then she'll run from me every time after. And I don't want to extend her life just to have her running in fear of me.
So, both choices suck. I don't want to choose either of them. And I'm too emotionally attached to think rationally. So I would really appreciate any and all thoughts about this. I've never had to do major medication to a pet before, and I've never had to euthanize a pet either. My Babydoll died at home with me, as she was kind enough to make the choice for me.
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