I am taking care of my neighbor's cats (there are several) while they leave town for a few days. The oldest cat is not sick, to my knowledge, but is very old. Usually when I enter the house, the cat jumps off the couch to greet me; however, when I went today (the first of three days I will take care of them) this cat was sitting on a chair he usually does not sit on and would only lift its head to look at me with hazy eyes.
He did not come down from the chair for his food, so I put it near him on the chair, and he ate a little bit but soon curled up again to sleep. Quite honestly, I know a dying animal when I see one, and I have a feeling this one might not make it through the time he is in my care.
If the cat does die, what should I do with it? I assume I should put it in a box and isolate it from the other cats, but should I freeze it or something (that sounds so weird, but I've done it with smaller animals, and I'm not very well-versed on cats)? I don't want to leave the body out with the other cats around, as I don't know how they will react (i.e. will they try to move it, eat it or something).
The cat was alive when I left the house a little while ago, and maybe the cat was just having a tired/listless day or something. I don't know for sure that he is dying but it seems that way. The owner did not mention any problems with the cat when we spoke yesterday. I just want to be prepared in case I encounter such a situation, which actually seems quite likely.
Thank you if you read all the way through this, I know it's long