I think my kitty is fading....
I think my oldest cat might be going into his final decline. He's getting close to 17 I think - he was an adult shelter cat so that's an estimate. I got him when he was about four.
He's had a lot of health issues over the last 6-8 years. He had three eye surgeries for entropion and an ulcerated cornea. That's still kind of a chronic thing as his eye seems to be sinking into his head. Then he's had IBD for quite a few years - reasonably well managed with diet but he has taken a fair amount of prednisolone since he was diagnosed and I know that's been hard on him. Then he was diagnosed with hyper-T a few years ago and has done very well with medication. However he's been getting quite frail, losing weight and just eats a little at a time. This started even before his last vet visit when all his lab results were good.
I kind of think he is moving toward his last hurrah. He's been through so much. I don't want to put him through a lot of trauma and heroics to keep him going. I'd like him to just have a nice, peaceful life - whatever kind of food he likes and sleeping wherever he likes best.
I've had one cat die peacefully on her own and two that had the Kevorkian treatment. I wish he'd just go peacefully on his own when he's ready but I suppose that won't be the case.
Here's a picture of him in his younger days. It's so sad to see him in decline now.