I posted a thread a while back about baby aspirin and cats...well, my oldest kitty Pita was diagnosed with the early stages of renal failure, and she is really arthritic...and she's been having terrible trouble walking and she will cry if you touch her hips. The past week or so she has gone downhill. She isnt eating unless we bring it to her and she will only use the litterbox of we put her in it. She is starting to drink lots of water (if we bring it to her) and she's constantly licking her lips (kinda smacking her lips actually)She sleeps non stop. This afternoon we placed her in the litter box and she layed down it in and went to sleep! And she's not cleaning herself. (she was the cleanest cat in town prior) She's showing all the symptoms we told the vet she didnt have 2 weeks ago! Shes in pain terribly and its breaking my heart. I was out of town for 3 days and came back today and she is 100% worse than when I left her on Friday. So I called the vet and she thinks there may be another underlying problem, perhaps tumors pressing on her spine, etc. She's almost 13, which to me isnt that old. But she is obviously suffering. Pita is my daughter Nicoles cat, she's had her since she was a kitten and she was from a ferral litter. (the WORST kitten ever, what a terror!). We're moving to Arizona on the 30th, and our new house is 3 stories, LOTS of stairs. Stairs she wont be able to climb. Soooo.... Nicole made the decision today to have her put to sleep. Which I know wasnt easy for her, because she wanted to drain her savings to pay for anything she could to make her better. My vet told her she would be putting off the inevitable. And she made the right decision. Nicole is off Tuesday, so she's taking her in then. This is the hardest decision she has ever made and while I'm very proud of her, my heart is breaking. She's gonna have her cremated so she can have her ashes. This is the first time since my dog died in my arms years ago that I have had to go thru this.