My sweet cat (former barn cat upgraded to house cat) was showing signs of a urinary problem the past day, so I took her into the vet. I got more bad news that I ever expected and would love advice or opinions.
I got cardi as a barn cat from a students apartment complex. She was semi feral and about 8 months old at the time, but quickly bonded with us as a barn cat. When she was about two, she was attacked by a dog, hurt her hind in, and came inside full time (while getting vet care). She is now 6 and has seemed okay, with some mild stiffness and muscle atrophy in her hind end. I have come to adore this cat, she is my shadow and best buddy in the house.
Took her to the vet today for suspected urinary issue (figured uti or stone) and found out a lot more.
She has a significant heart murmur and enlarged heart. The X-ray showed a decent sized bladder stone. There is no bacteria in her urine, so no infection yet. The vet can’t tell if the stone is the calcium kind or the kind that can dissolve with diet (my brain can’t remember names now). But thinks surgery would be incredibly risky due to the heart issue and found out her bloodwork shows diabetes (that’s new too).
Not only did we find the stone, heart murmur, and diabetes, she also saw her hip on the X-ray and said it is completely trashed. Vet suspects she is in significant pain based on the image and would suggest an extensive hip surgery to help, but again, surgery is not really an option.
So basically our options are to try a diet for about 10 days and recheck to see if the stone is dissolving. If we do that, we are still left with a painful hip and diabetes. There is a 50/50 shot on the type of stone, so the outlook on it dissolving is meh.
The other option is to let her go now, before things get worse.
I cannot make this the million dollar cat. I adore her and want the best for her, but absolutely do not want her suffering. Would you try the food given the other issues? Is that just selfishly prolonging the inevitable?
Thanks for any advise or opinions… I just want to do right for this sweet girl.