Posted 24 September 2011 - 10:16 PM
She is very stiff on her back legs, very thin and just sleeps all day and night.
I think this is a clue to her quality of life - it is not great is it.
I am sorry to read your news. I personally have not had this experience but last summer I minded a girl who was quite old. Her name was Inky and I met her owner yesterday and was told she had been put to sleep this week - end just passed......she would have been 21 years old next February.
My friend is a Vet Nurse and Inky was bought in to the clinic just on 3 years ago to be put to sleep because her elderly owner was going into care and Inky had just been diagnosed with diabetes. My friend decided to give her a chance.
I had to give her the injections twice a day - very small needles and she hardly would have felt them but they have to be given at the same time each day and a given time before being fed - which was quite hard to maintain for me with an irregular routine. Giving the injections is easy - you can do that if you can master the routine.
Inky needed to have a blood check now and then to see how the diabetes was going but she also had a lot of stiffness given her age which was due to arthritis.
Perhaps you could try for a given period and then make decisions when you see if she responds. In Inky's case she reached a stage when she did not need the insulin and she did get 3 more years but in the past week she could not get on the bed even with steps and appeared very miserable and when put to rest in the Sun could not move herself to another permission and Jenny felt it was time....
Not an easy decision but one we promise we will keep when we adopt a cat....
I am hoping that you will have your old companion for some time yet but this poem is one I cherish for when hard decisions have to be made eventually by all of us
IF I SHOULD GROW FRAIL
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.
You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.