My cat is 17 years old. I have had her since she was eight weeks old. She has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition and needs medication twice a day. Unfortunately, I travel for work often and cannot afford to pay someone to come twice a day to give her the needed medication (when I am out of town they only give it once). Also, when I am not traveling I work at home and due to her medical issues, she is loud and relentless. She has bad teeth, and I give her between 6-9 cans of food
per day, and she only licks up the gravy, begging for more within 45 minutes. Oddly enough, I also keep dry food out for her and she does eat this regularly.
The vet I have been going to is very young and seems a bit inexperienced. He often seems to suggest very expensive surgeries and tests that, if I were a millionaire, I would not hesitate to try. However, I am realistic. My cat is old. I love her very much, but to be honest, I am beginning to worry that my own memories of her will be very unpleasant due to the constant irritation and loud meowing. She is clearly unhappy, but I would not classify her as beyond getting better -- I am just not in a financial position to make it happen. Are there any (relatively) inexpensive ways to help her feel better, before making the ultimate decision to put her down? Otherwise, is it unethical to put her down if she is still able to walk, eat, use her litter box, and has her personality?