How do you know when it's time?
Samantha has gotten very old. She hasn't seen in a couple of years (which was fine....she still knew her way around the home perfectly)! But, I fear...I know...that she is failing. She still drinks a little water, but she has not eaten literally since April. She showed some interest in the smell and taste of food until early May, but no longer has any interest in food. She has lost a frightening amount of weight.
My dilemma - I don't know if she's suffering. She just pretty much stays in her "nest" these days. Of course, her doting father gets her out of the cage about every two minutes, but, frankly, she's usually impatient and just wants to get back to her nest. She hasn't urinated or otherwise gone to the bathroom in a couple of months, either...I just don't know what the answer is. I realize that her soul has just outlived her body. But, at the same time, I'm terrified that, if I put her to sleep, it's premature.....if she's not suffering, I don't want her life to end....
I guess that's what my question boils down to.....is there a way to tell if she's suffering? How do you know when your little friend is ready to move on?