For the last month, my cat Smoky (age 15) has not been well. She confined herself to the computer room and hasn't been eating that much. We've had to force her to eat. Additionally, she hasn't been very social.
Normally she is a very affectionate kitty who loves to sit in a lap and purr as loudly as she can. She'll even voice her enthusiasm by 'talking' to you as she is petted. The cat is the most affectionate animal I have ever seen - more affectionate than dogs even. However, now she doesn't purr that much. She'll purr softly and occasionally meow but it's barely above a whisper. She doesn't try to climb on a lap, she'll walk closer but that's it.
Lately, she can't find the strength to walk. She's become so frail...
Today, I discovered a troubling thing about Smoky. She isn't cleaning herself. I found a chunk of dried shit on her ass. Smoky, as most cats was obsessive with cleaning herself.
I don't think she is happy anymore. I'm not sure if she is in pain, but I can see that she is ashamed. I don't think it's fair to let her suffer like this, so tonight I'm going to talk to my parents about putting her to sleep. She deserves to die with some dignity.