health problems and life expectancy
Hi, I just have a question about life expectancy of cats with severe health problems. How long could a cat with a severe illness like cancer or FIV live? I had a feral cat for about 3 years; she and 3 cats she had given birth to had lived in a store's crawl space for about 7 years before this. The store changed owners and were closing that space so we decided to catch her and her 3 cats and keep them at our house in an enclosure. She seemed to be in decent health considering how she lived. Although, you could always hear her breath like there was something in her lungs or nose and sometimes the white eyelids would cover part of her eyes. We could never get close to her though. Even if we just held a plate up to her she'd swat it away. Recently, though, her health deteriorated rapidly. It started with one eye being covered in red flesh and underneath the eye was swollen; she often had discharge and from the eye and nose. I thought it may have been conjunctivitis so I got her some lysine which I read could help. This didn't do anything and within days she got to the point where she was struggling to move and breath and had no strength. She died a few days ago. We took care of her for about 10 years and she wasn't much older than that herself. I suspect that it was an illness that she had prior to us catching her but we can't be sure of that. But I was wondering how long a cat with a severe illness can live for without treatment.