When is the right time to put my cat to sleep? HELP!!!!
This is my second thread. And along with Monster's issues, I have a more serious issue.
My oldest cat is having problems. She is 14. Bones has been through the wringer...
She's been fixed, de-clawed, had organs replaced, blood transfusions ect. She's lately gotten into a sleeping funk. She's constantly sleeping, where as she was awake for at least a couple hours. She's hardly awake now. Her back legs / hips are becoming stiff making it hard for her to walk. She doesn't eat unless I'm home, and only if I feed her separate from the rest of my cats, and in another room. My two youngest cats beat her up the second I walk away from her, or leave the room. She has scabs and welts on the back of her neck from them. She's been crying a lot for no reasons, and Bones isn't one to cry, for any reason not even as a kitten. Her eyes are becoming hazy-blue-ish.
The vet told me that there would come a point when I would "know" it was her time.
At this point it's becoming a very hard thing for me to talk about...
I'm 21 years old, Bones is 14. I've had her most of my life. She's been the only one I could run to in my times of need. She comforts me unlike the rest of my cats. We have a very special bond. When I'm upset, she guards me (no lie) she will attack you if you come near me when I'm crying.
My parents have been pushing for me to put her to sleep on grounds she's "old" and that I have "too many cats" in my 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment, and that Bones has been ready to go for a long time.
I don't want her to suffer, but I DON'T want to make the wrong decision and put her to sleep if I don't need to.
Her asthma has been getting very bad lately, it's becoming harder for her to breathe, and she wheezes heavily if not stops breathing for up to 2 seconds before I hear her take a breath. I'm scared about the decision ahead, but I don't want her to suffer. and again, I don't want to make the wrong decision.
How do you know it's time to take god into your own hands, and end a life?
(Honestly that's how I'm looking at it)
I don't know what to do. I love her so much, and I don't want to selfishly keep her, when it's her time to go.
Bones (14 yrs old) Buggsy (9 yrs old) Monster (6 yrs old) Felix (3 yrs old) Oliver (Almost 2 yrs old)