question about not eating at the end of life
I hope I can verbalize my question so it can be understood. I believe my 19 year old cat is almost at the end of her life and she has stopped eating; this is the third day since she ate. I took her to the vet to have subcutaneous (sp?) fluids today on my vet's advice, just as a last ditch effort to restart her appetite. I'm not planning to do anything invasive to extend her life. I've had it in my mind that if the fluids don't help and she isn't eating today or tomorrow, I will make the appointment to have her put down. After all, I thought, I don't want her to starve to death.
However, she seems very peaceful and does not appear to be in any pain. I remember when my mom was dying of cancer and not eating, the hospice worker said that at the end of life, people cease to need food and don't feel hungry like the rest of us would. I am now wondering if that is true and if it is the same with animals? I would prefer to let Snowball die a natural death as long as she isn't suffering. Does anyone know anything about this? Like all pet owners, I so wish for them to die peacefully in their sleep. Unfortunately, I know that is rare.