Reader Question: My 15-year-old male cat has kidney disease, is doing fairly well on just Science Diet k/d food. Our vet keeps wanting to take more extreme measures, which she says may cause him discomfort and upset, and will not guarantee a longer life. Do I need to feel guilty for just letting him go quietly? I love him too much to torture him for no positive results. ~Susan
Kim's Response: Dear Susan, You have to decide what it is you want for you cat. Do you want him to be comfortable, or do you want to prolong his life? If you just want him to be comfortable, then you need to tell your vet that you are not going to provide any further treatment but let him go when he is ready. If your vet pressures you, then you might consider changing to a different vet.
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Disclaimer: Kim Meyer shares insights derived from animal communication. Any advice she offers is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care or basic dog obedience training.