In early 2005, I rescued two sibling cats from an awful cat shelter. They were feral, and it took them almost a year to become social with me and my husband. Now, they are pretty great kitties, each with his/her own little personality and quirks. Neither one has ever jumped into a box. They hate feeling cornered.
They are both deathly terrified of any other human. If the doorbell rings, they run and hide under a bed, behind the washing machine, or anyplace else they can squeeze into. They are also opposed to being put into a cat carrier. Their opposition has only increased over the years, such that I gave up taking them to the vet for their annual physicals, shots, etc. about three years ago. I’m ashamed about that – I’ve had cats and dogs for the last 30+ years and have faithfully taken care of their health care needs. Until now. It just hasn’t been worth the fights, injuries and stress (on all involved).
The kitties will turn 12 in April. The male, Sidney, used to be about 16 pounds. About five months ago, he started rapidly losing weight. I’m guessing he’s 8-9 pounds now. He’s also shedding a great deal. Drinking more water and urinating more. Also diarrhea. I’m guessing diabetes. However, his energy level is great. His appetite is the same (always hungry). He also seems very… clingy. Where he used to take naps in a cat bed or at the top of his cat tree, he now naps at my feet, or anywhere he can be close to me. He is not lethargic. If anything, he is more alert than usual.
Oh, I failed to mention, he will no longer jump onto places he used to jump. A favorite activity is to drink from the kitchen faucet after meals. He will no longer jump onto the counter. He now meows demandingly until I pick him up and place him on the counter.
I am torn. I know he needs to be medically evaluated. That said, knowing the stress it will cause him (and me) getting him there, is it worth it? Honestly, as long as he’s not suffering, I would be okay if he would someday pass peacefully in his sleep. Nor do I want to prolong the inevitable with unpleasant treatments and/or frequent vet visits.
So, guys, what say you?
I’d love to upload a pic of the pair (they are beautiful kitties!) but I don’t know how.