My cat Snuggles is 16 to 17 years old. The other day I awoke to find her acting very odd. She wouldn’t get up, would hardly move and she wouldn’t take her favorite treats. I kept a close eye on her thinking maybe she just had a belly ache but the next morning she had not improved. I took her right to our vet. This is the same vet we have used her whole life.
The vet was very honest with me. Snuggle is simply starting to die of old age. Her body temperature was very low, her heart rate was slow and her pupil where not responding to light. They gave her some fluids and a shot of vitamins and gave me a few options. I could take her to an ICU clinic for cats and spend 100’s of thousands of dollars on tests and treatment that may give her another year or two, I could put her to sleep, or I could take her home make her comfortable and just wait. I want her to be able to pass away peacefully at home in her favorite spot. I want to be with her. I don’t want her to die in some strange place in a cage all alone. And I don’t have 100s of thousands of dollars. So as long as she is not in pain I have decided I will keep her here at home warm and safe and loved.
I don’t know what to expect when the time comes. I don’t know how long her passing will take. I hope I am doing the right thing for her. She is weak and out of it but I know she is comfortable in her bed. I know she feels safe. But how long should I let it go on? Am I being cruel by letting it drag out or am I being kind in letting nature take its course here in her own home? Should I force feed her or just let her be?
I guess I just need some kind words of encouragement and advice. This is all so hard and I am trying to be strong. I just want what is right for her.