I have two littermates who are 19. One has been declining a bit more - at his prime he was around 12 lbs, he is down to 7.75. He doesn’t eat as much. But generally he is bright and happy.
His appetite has gone down the last two days and he started sleeping under the bed which is unusual. I took him into the vet to get diagnostics done. Generally I see these as helping know when it is time to say goodbye because I don’t plan to treat anything - so it’s more is he hiding it and things are worse than it seems.
But man the vet makes me feel so guilty. He has high blood pressure and she wants him on meds. He is very agreeable but I travel a lot and don’t want a pet sitter worrying about it. She said it is “very treatable” and made me feel bad for not wanting to treat it. But if we treat everything we find he could be on 3-4 daily meds and subcue fluids and that’s not what I want.
So am I a monster for not treating things I know about? Or is it ok to say I know, I’m aware, and this is information to help know when to say goodbye but it’s ok to not treat?
Why can’t these situations be easier or more clear?