Hello good people. Recently I read a thread here about pets who get to a certain age and start to develop health problems. In the past 12 years my mother and I gathered 9 cats. It was just me and she in the house and the cats were great company. We gave them all the attention and care they needed. We went out of our way in that we practically turned our house into the cats' house. We understood when people wouldn't come, or complained about the smell or the cat hair around the house, but it was our choice and we really really loved the cats for many years. We still do. But things have changed in the last couple of years. First, my mother was diagnosed with cancer about 6 years ago. She has undergone multiple surgeries and chemo sessions. In the first few years she was doing fine. But the cancer has spread to other organs. Now she is again doing chemo. She has got a colostomy bag. She is in a more fragile state than in a few years ago. Second, I got married last year and now have a one-month old daughter. My wife, myself and our daughter have moved to another house, which is right in front of my mother's house. In the last couple of months my mother has been staying at her mother in the other side of town. Her house is partially abandoned. Since we are nearby, we have been going there twice or three times a day to give food to the cats, change water and clean the litter. But the cats no longer have received all the attention they were used to. Now our life has drastically changed. It's not that we are giving up our responsibility with the cats. It's just that we have so much to deal in our life first. We can't prioritize the cats anymore. After all we are human beings. As much as we love the cats, and in the past even put the cats before our own needs many times, now things are much different. We no longer have the simple life we had as just my mother and I. My mother can't stay on her own in her house and take care of the cats alone. My family and I have a little baby to care for. As much as we have been going there daily, we stay at most half an hour. So we are not aware of the cats habits etc. Yesterday one of the older cats, a ten year old female, was bleeding from the rear. It was quite a lot of blood. I only saw it because I tried to take her out of the sofa where she always stays most of the time, and the blood came down from her rear. I know this can't be something easy to cure. It will take patience, time, and most importantly, money. I'm going to take her to the vet right now to see what the options are. But I already know I won't be able to spend the money and the time that this cat may require. At this stage I don't even know she's curable anymore. I'm afraid I'll have to put her to sleep. This hurts so much, but life is tough. Just wanted to know what you guys can tell me. Thanks in advance and sorry for occasional english mistakes, I'm not a native speaker.