Euthanizing a Cat at Home

There comes the time when your cat's life starts changing with age, illness or a severe injury taking their toll. The humane way would be to euthanize your pet, and we all know that putting a cat to sleep is one of the hardest decisions to make regarding your furry friend.

Halton Veterinary House Call Services helps you by providing the most compassionate home pet euthanasia services in the Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Brampton, Guelph, Georgetown, Hamilton, Mississauga and Greater Toronto Areas.

Sometimes it's difficult to say for sure when the time has come to euthanize a cat, though in most of cases there are some factors that may help draw the line. Resilience is one of the main peculiarities specific for 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 be always considered as a sign of comfort as cats may still purr even in extremes of pain. What you should really 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
  • Walking
  • Interest in playing
  • Arising from laying position
  • Using litter box
  • Showing 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 a doctor. Together with a specialist you can make a reasonable assessment of your cat’s condition and treatment, starting from pills and up to euthanasia.

Going to the vet’s is quite a stressful experience for most cats. Which is why a humane euthanasia at home is a great alternative to the cold lights and hustle of the veterinary clinic. 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 own manner. Whether on a favorite sofa, in a garden or under a favorite old tree, this is where beloved feline pets and their loved family should spend their last moments together.

If you are considering a home euthanasia for your cat, you can call us at 905-876-7766 or fill out our Contact form.