Hi everyone, new to the forum but I’m trying to get a little advice for my elderly cat Kitty, who is 18 and five months. She has multiple health issues. Thyroid (under control with medication), and her main problem is some undiagnosed neurological issue that causes either back leg to flail as if she’s scratching, but she never reaches her ears. I know, you’re thinking an early issue. Well, about two years ago there was an infection but it was cleared up. No leg waving for two days then it was back. The vet thinks possibly inner ear issue or neurological but a CT scan is more than we could afford and the bet said the treatment would be the same. She’s currently on gabopentane. I’ve probably spelt that wrong. She’s very skinny but eats a lot. Thyroid level at last check was good, so were kidneys. Her mobility is poor but she still gets about, just about. Anyway, I digress but wanted to give an idea of her health. The latest problem is she has mostly stopped grooming effectively and in recent days has taken to weeing on the floor, although she does have time to go out if she needs to. As a result she’s getting pretty dirty and I gave her a nominal wash tonight but have some non water shampoo to try tomorrow. I tried putting a litter tray in last night and she immediately began to eat the litter ♂️. Obviously that wasn’t a good idea, so took that away and put newspaper in the tray. She’s now using it as a bed ♂️♂️♂️ I’m guessing there’s some dementia issues going on. She’s fairly content on sunny days and spends hours outside sleeping on a step, coming in for food occasionally. Wet days she hates and always seems at a loss as to what to do as her routine is disrupted. Another oddity is when indoors she now spends most of her time in the kitchen, if sleeping, just laying on the lino. She has the fun of the house and any number of comfy spots if she wanted them, but mostly chooses to stay in the kitchen. I’m under pressure from others in the house to take the final step, but I’m not ready. If she had stopped eating or was clearly terminal or list mobility completely of course I would, but I don’t feel it’s justified for a bit of pee on the floor. We wouldnt do that to an elderly human member of the family so why should we do it with a pet that’s been with us 18 years? Can anyone suggest a form of litter that she wouldn’t try to eat and any tips on how to encourage her to use the tray? Until now she has gone outside and has always been a clean cat. Also, any advice on cleaning and ways to keep her clean? Does it matter how often you use the ‘no water cat bath’ stuff? I assume it shouldn’t be that often? I’m willing to do what it takes but caring for such an elderly cat is new to me and obviously I want to make her remaining time as comfortable as possible but at the same time keep the rest of the household happy. Sorry for the first post essay!