Old cat with CRF not eating or drinking
I have a 19 year old cat (Ziggy) that was first diagnosed with CRF 6 years ago. We have had a lot of ups and downs, I almost put him to sleep a couple of times years ago. I realize every day now is a bonus day. He is having a lot of problems right now, but the vet feels that his numbers are not too bad (BUN 75, Creatinine 3.5) and that he can get back to his cranky old self.
About three weeks ago I took him to the vet for usual checkup and blood draw. Vet said he was slightly dehydrated and wanted to start doing Sub Qs. I put off picking up the fluids for about 1 1/2 weeks (bad) because he was doing fine, but he became even finickier about eating and wasn't getting much down, so I started him out. He hates the Sub-Qs. Three days later he was not eating at all (even roasted chicken, his favorite) and not getting out of bed at all. Back to the vet, he showed me how to syringe feed him, and sent me off with more meds (I believe there is about 9 right now, including vitamins). Ziggy did well with the syringe feeding, but three days went by and he wasn't getting out of bed, and quit drinking. I went back to the vet and picked up antibiotics and talked with him about possible euthanasia at home. Now two days later, Ziggy is 200% better, following me around, even went outside to sit for a bit. He is licking up about 1 tab. of food at a time but still not drinking at all.
This week has been an emotional roller coaster and I am just plumb worn out. Does anyone have an idea of what to expect at this point? My husband seems ready to put him to sleep if he doesn't start feeding himself and drinking. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to keep him around as long as he is not suffering. Has anyone gone through a similar scenario, and what would you do?