Home Cat Euthanasia
There comes a time when your cat’s life starts changing. It could be due to age, illness, or a severe injury that is taking its toll. In these instances, euthanizing your cat can be the most humane option. We know that putting a cat to sleep can be one of the hardest decisions to make for your furry friend.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know with certainty when the time has come to euthanize a cat. However, there are some factors that can help you determine the right 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 their suffering and pain for a long time and waste away gradually. Cats can stay away from food or water and be able to survive for a month or two until they become severely dehydrated and look like “skin and bones.” Dogs cannot survive without food for that long.
Cats do not necessarily show pain by crying or yowling. Similarly, purring can’t always be considered a sign of comfort, as cats may still purr even if they are in extreme pain. It is important to assess your cat’s quality of life. Your cat could be in pain if they lose their appetite or are unwilling to play or 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 lying down position
- Changes to how they use the litter box
- Changes to how they show affection
Persistent inability to eat, vomiting, difficulty breathing, discomfort/distress, sitting or lying in an abnormal position, and crying when they move are strong indicators that they need help. Together with your regular veterinarian, you can assess your cat’s condition and consider next your steps.
Going to the vet 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, friends, and other pets can be nearby to offer help and support. You will be able to say goodbye in your own way, whether that is on a favourite sofa, in a garden, or under a favourite tree.
Halton Veterinary House Call Services provides home cat euthanasia for the residents of Acton, Ancaster, Brampton, Burlington, Dundas, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Stoney Creek, and Waterdown.
If you are considering home euthanasia for your cat, please contact 905-876-7766 (please no texting).
He gets so stressed when we go to the vet clinic, we really want it done at our home.