I’m 28 years old and I got a cat when I was 14 years old. He’s attached to me, so naturally when I moved out of my mom’s house, I took him with me (I moved out of my mom’s house 8 years ago). The thing is, I have a few disabilities that make it hard to be independent (I can’t drive due to cerebral palsy and I’m hard of hearing and frankly I have severe bouts of anxiety), and because of the disabilities I can only work a limited amount of hours so I’m struggling financially too.
My cat has always been underweight (not SUPER underweight, just underweight) and he’s had a few common problems that cats have, but lately he seems to be getting more sick due to dietary issues. People think it’s because he’s getting old, but 15 isn’t THAT old for a cat. It’s “getting there” but it’s not old enough to be developing normal age-related health issues yet.
The point is, he’s been throwing up at least once a week, for the past while, and he’s more frequently getting diarrhea. And the thing is he rarely uses his litter box for pooping anyway. Unfortunately, I’ve tried to many things to get him to use his litter box and they just don’t seem to work, so I’ve just gotten used to that. But the fact that he’s now having diarrhea makes it worse. It’s very difficult for me in my situation to conveniently be able to “experiment” with new diets for him (it cost a lot of money just to get human grade food, and if he doesn’t like the first new food, I’m supposed to keep trying new foods until he finds one that he likes… but… that adds up). And the vet costs money too, and it’s a ways away from my apartment (and as mentioned, I can’t drive).
When I first moved out of my mom’s house, it seemed like a no-brainer that he would come with me (he’s really shy and skittish around anyone but me), and I’ve heard stories of cats just dying shortly after being separated from a human they’ve been attached to for so long. But I’m just not sure how effective I can be taking care of him at certain times. So I really don’t know what to do.