I live in my parent's house while they are in the Middle East. With that house comes two cats, one of which is 17 or 18 years old. As I see it, looking after those cats is the least that I can do in exchange for the support that they are giving me.
But you can probably tell form the title that all is not right here. That old cat is, well old. She is slow, I believe deaf, has thyroid issues...and not longer seems able to use the litter box. Every day that I come home from my long commute to the city I find a few places where she has "done the buissness" and I have to take care of it. I recently brought her in to the vet and found out that she had an infection which cost us over 200 dollars to deal with. With all of this in mind I am deeply conflicted. On the one hand, this is an old cat and she is probably not long for this world anyway. I no longer feel that I can have people over due to the embarrassment of having a house that can sometimes be quite nasty (not that I tend to have much company as it is). I also don't like feeling that my own home is so far out of my control.
On the other hand, this is a responsibility which is pretty small compared to what my parents are doing for me, so I don't feel that I have much right to take part in the decision about whether to put her down or not. She doesn't SEEM to be suffering at all, though she does seem tired and sluggish. Ultimately, this is the kind of decision that I tend to avoid when possible, and one of the reasons that I personally never want my own pets.
Now my parents know about the issues that she has been having and its quite possible (and even likely) that they are going to make a call in the next few days, but I'm not really sure if I should be taking a stand on the issue or waiting for them to deal with it. I'm really tired of picking up crap, but I'm pretty sure that they are tired of paying for me to go to university. And I don't really want to be responsible for this situation.
Does anybody have any advice for me in this situation? I am feeling rather lost.
EDIT: There seems to be come confusion, so to clarify: I'm not going to put down my mom's cat until she tells me to. I'm just wondering if I should even be part of the decision. If it actually came down to me, I would never put down the cat because I don't think I could be responsible for killing anything more significant than a fly. I should also clarify that this non-litterbox use may or may not be part of larger medical issues...