Looking to put my cat down.
This is an unfortunate first time post and possibly the last.....
I have a black and white cat, approx 13yo, diabetic with a heavy water intake and urine output. While I have done everything in my power over the last 10 years to take the best care of her, I think its beyond my control anymore. Being in the military stateside I still deploy for 3-30 days at a time and starting in March those deployments will start again, just about every month. I have a plate full of other stressors in my life, this is one of them. And while I have tried to find someone to take her in for her remaining years, not too many people are willing to take a pet that requires so much from the onset, especially at her age. she's not a kitten anymore that runs around and occupies herself like she once did. Now she lays around all day or sits in some arbitrary spot and gets the "thousand yard stare".
She may also have some renal "issue" on top of the diabetes that I'm also trying to work through. I've talked about putting her down with the Banfield Vet and I can tell the look in his eye it's something he does not want to do, understandably.
The option of sticking her in a kennel each time i leave is out of the question, as I won't subject her to that. Her life started in a cage until a friend took her in to his townhouse. I transferred to the area and moved in, he later got married but his wife was allergic and he hinted at putting her back in a a shelter. I wouldn't hear of it, thinking you can't take a cat out of cage for 2 years then stick them back in there when she had all that freedom. So I took her. And up until about a month ago I always managed to find someone to stop by and take care of her, even when I found out she was diabetic almost a year ago. But my cat watcher is no longer able to do so and there is no one else I can trust. Again, I'm not going to move her in and out of cages, there is no way that can be conducive to any quality of life.
I've mulled over this decision for the past month and it's eating away at me, but it's going to have to happen. I guess I came here for no other reason than to vent a bit as this is a painful decision.
thx for reading.