Help with a 16yo kitty who's not being good
I am wondering if there are some cat people out there who can help me with my almost 17 year old cat and her aging. Lucy has kidney disease. I give her subcutaneous fluids every night, which produces a lot of urine. Most of which does not find its way to the litter box. She's on an antidepressant, amitriptyline, and also a low dose of amoxicillin because of recurring UTIs. I feel like a feline nurse. She's actually doing quite well with the kidney function because of the fluids, but her using my completely finished and only six month old carpet in the basement as her litter box is a bit of a problem. The antidepressants worked for a few weeks (they are supposed to calm her anxiety) but now she's back to doing this.
The vet thinks she probably has a bladder stone or a tumor, but she's too old for surgery. The next step is to put her on prozac. I love her dearly -- my dog died three years ago -- and I can't imagine not having a pet, but I live alone, I work all day, no one is home and I don't think that's a good way to raise a pet. But on the other hand, I will be so lonely without one.
Any help either with kitty behavior or dealing with my own personal Urinetown?