My 18 yr old cat's belly got distended and firm about 6 weeks ago, and has continued to grow. I took her to the vet and was surprised that she had no guess as to what it might be.
She's had kidney disease which I've been managing with IV and other meds for the last 6 months or so, and have assumed it's only a matter of time.
At points in the past she's howled a great deal, and I've given her pain meds in addition to courses of antibiotics, etc, which sometimes seemed to help and others not.
I can't afford any more tests or treatments--I've already got a few thousand in debt from her and my other cat, who died of kidney disease at 17 last year, so am not going to do x-rays or other tests, and just palliative care at this point.
She's stopped howling, and is now barely eating--a few teaspoons a day--which I assume to be a sign of nearing the end (famotidine and mirtazepine have no effect at this point).
I've assumed that, since she's not howling, she's not in pain, but could I be wrong? I don't want her to suffer, so will euthanize her if she's suffering, but if not, would prefer to keep her at home until the end (which I've done with my two other cats).
Also, any ideas about what the hell could be swelling her belly so much?
Thanks for sharing your experience.