Euthanizing a Cat at Home
There comes a time when your cat's life starts changing. It could be due to age, illness or a severe injury is taking its toll. The humane way would be to euthanize your pet, but we all know that putting a cat to sleep is one of the hardest decisions to make regarding your furry friend.
Sometimes it's difficult to say for sure when the time has come to euthanize a cat, though in most cases there are some factors that can help you determine the time. The reason it may be difficult to decide is that resilience is one of the main traits specific to cats. Unlike dogs, cats can conceal and suffer their pain for a long time, wasting away very gradually. Cats can stay away from food or water and be able to survive for a month or two until they become dehydrated and start looking literally like “skin and bones.” Dogs cannot survive without food that long.
Cats do not necessarily show pain by crying or yowling. At the same time, purring can't always be considered as a sign of comfort as cats may still purr even in extremes of pain. What you should do first is to assess your cat’s quality of life. Your cat could suffer from pain if there has been a loss of appetite, unwillingness to play or just to move around. You should pay attention to the following aspects of your cat’s life:
- Eating and drinking
- Interest in playing
- How they arise from the laying position
- Changes to how they use the litter box
- Changes to how they show affection
Persistent inability to eat, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, discomfort or distress, sitting or lying in an abnormal position, crying when changing positions are really strong calls for help. Together with a veterinarian, you can make a reasonable assessment of your cat’s condition and treatment.
Going to the vet’s is quite a stressful experience for most cats. For this reason, humane euthanasia at home is a great alternative. Your home gives you the ability to choose a comfortable and familiar setting where you and your cat can be as relaxed as possible. Moreover, your family, your friends and other pets can be nearby when you need help and support. They may also want to say goodbye in their way, whether on a favorite sofa, in a garden or under a favorite old tree.
If you are considering home euthanasia for your cat, call or text Dr. Rosen at 905-876-7766 or fill out our Contact form.