We have 4 pets...2 dogs, 2 cats...the cats came from a shelter....we got the first one and he was so sweet that we went back and got his brother....they both came home with snotty noses and runny eyes...the first cat's sickness went away on its own....the second cat went to the vet and got medicine but i couldn[t get it down his throat...he fought me BAD! The vet said this is common in shelter cats and it may be something they have for their lives....after a few years, it was getting worse to the point you don' want them to sit on your lap because they shoot snot out due to constant sneezing....big blobs of it....it is getting allover out house...it is like superglue and it is really hard to clean up....there areplaces on the walls that will have to be scraped to get it off the drywall.... the second cat has lost a ton of weight and is clearly failing....they are 6 years old.... i haven't takent them to the vet because we just can't afford it....and the vet had already warned me that they might have this for their lifetime.... my husband wants to have them put to sleep...he is sick of the snot and the litterbox(which i am in charge of ...yuck...and it is getting to be a bit much with the lifting and pouring of the heavy litter container and the daily sweeping of the floor and the cleaning of the concrete snot) I love the cats and they are really sweet boys....they are both very friendly....and they are happy.....they are eating, pooping, peeing, and have healthy coats....one is wasting away and is skin and bones....the other is fat cuz he is eating what theother one doesn't want.... One of the girls that works at our house, helping with my daughter with the Cerebral palsy, said that those cats would have been long gone if they were snotting allover her house! and she said they would even be spreading disease to us... Should I give in and have them put to sleep? The super skinny one is on his way out, i think....every morning I look for him because I worry he won't wake up....they both cough and weeze but the skinny one is really bad...yet he still wants to be petted and picked up and purrs and wraps himself around my legs.... I thought you all would be the PERFECT people to ask since you understand the physical demands of pets, but also the love we have for them since they are always here for us! Has anyone else had to get rid of/sell/ put to sleep/give away their pets due to FM/CFS? How long is it humane to keep them going if they are sick? I just had a thought. What if people wanted to put us to sleep since we are sick? We are a burden on our families. We have a poor quality of life.