- Nov 26, 2010
I found out recently my 14-year-old cat has megaesophagus (or that's what the vet is suggesting - they didn't know for sure). This seems to be a rare condition in cats. I have to ask....is this a death sentence for my poor cat? She's racked up quite a bill already and surgery for both the esophageal problem and a lung mass that was found recently would be no lower than $5000. I've already spent about $2000 on other various tests.I don't mean to make it sound like I'm putting a price on my cat's life, but I have no job and I can't afford such expensive bills. I've been using student loan money to pay for her current care.I don't even know yet if I want to have the lung mass removed since it doesn't seem to be causing any issues (and to be honest, I would draw the line at chemo if it turned out to be cancer). But my short term concern is getting food in her belly. I've been feeding her very watered-down wet food, and the vet sent me home with a few cans of Hill's Science Diet A/D and told me to water it down a lot, feed her for about 1 minute, then hold her upright for about 15 minutes. This worked earlier today, but not the second time.Basically, I do not want for my cat to suffer two surgeries - one of which is invasive - with the possibility that she may not wake up from the anesthesia. I want her to live, but I don't know if the surgery would do more harm than good. I don't want her to starve either - I'm definitely willing to feed her a liquid diet, but sometimes even diluted food does not stay down.Anyone who knows more about nourishing a cat with this condition, can you offer any guidance? Is it possible to get a cat to live a bit longer with a proper diet? What can I do to help keep her fed and control the regurgitation? And, upsetting as it is, should I consider putting my cat down? Aside from the vomiting, Kitty is still very much alert, moves around, cleans herself, etc. She's not at full power, but she still has spirit, which is why I don't want to think about euthanasia unless she's beyond help. But I also don't want her to suffer and waste away.