TLDR: I misdiagnosed what was hurting in my cat and I fear me waiting to take him to the emergency vet will be why he dies. Hey guys, It's been a tough few days, and I just wanted to vent, and get your opinion, and just use words I guess. I hope this makes any kind of sense. On Monday, my 3 1/2 year old cat started yelping. I went to him to figure out what was wrong and he snapped at me whenever I reached toward his back leg to pick him up. He would also kind of start to lift his hind leg up, but wouldn't lick it to bathe himself either, so I figured something was wrong. But I also didn't believe it was anything serious enough to warrant taking him to the emergency vet (and I factored in the difference in cost here), so I scheduled an appointment with his primary vet for Thursday morning at 8:30. The next day I could tell he was lethargic. I tried my best to google his symptoms and they told me he likely had a urinary tract infection. I moved his appointment up to the next morning the vet had available, 8:30 on a Wednesday. I get home from work late Tuesday night and I see he's still not better. I lay with him on the couch to monitor him. Then he gets up and throws up blood. I rush him to the emergency vet. It turns out he had a bladder blockage and kidney damage, and they doubt he will make it. He's been at the emergency vet for two days now, but his scenario hasn't improved much. I'm likely going to have him euthanized on Friday. Shady is the first cat I've ever owned. And he was amazing. I feel like such an ******* for not taking him sooner. If I knew how bad it was I would've dropped everything and gone immediately. In the future I will with any pet I own. I just can't shake the feeling that my own ignorance caused his death. He was just fine a few days before. And he falls sometimes. How could I be so dumb? Was I being selfish? I've cried a lot the last couple of days. I can't shake the feeling that it's my fault. I love him so much. And I let him down. How do you shake the guilt?