Your Cat's Euthanasia

Cat resting head on paws, close-up

It's never easy to say goodbye to your kitty partner. Your cat will most likely die before you, and you may have to make the difficult decision to assist him or her in dying. Many people find death to be a tough subject, yet avoiding it isn't good for you or your cat.

Cats, especially indoor cats, are increasingly having longer lives than in previous years. Many cats acquire chronic health conditions that may be treated at home, such as injecting fluids under the skin, thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine. Treatments at home may appear challenging at first, but the personnel at your veterinarian's clinic can typically teach you how to do them so you feel more comfortable. Some cancer treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy, are not available at home, are costly, and have significant risks and adverse effects.

Plan Ahead for the Euthanasia Decision

When we're sick, we tend to jump into crisis mode, and our thinking isn't as clear as it is when we're not, so preparing ahead is essential. "If this were ME in my cat's condition, how much treatment would I want?" is one question that some have found helpful in making these judgments. You may discover that each of your creatures has its own set of boundaries.

It's critical to select a with whom you have a positive relationship. People who do frequently find it beneficial to listen to their veterinarian's benefits and disadvantages. Most veterinarians will tell their clients the truth about this.

Considering the Cost Factor

When you look at their invoices, veterinarians don't make as much money as you may imagine, and they have their own costs to pay, both commercial and personal, therefore only a handful are able to treat your animal at a low cost or for free. You can only give your animal so much therapy before it gets too much for you to manage.

Quality of Life is an Important Issue

If you believe your cat is suffering and has little prospect of recovering a reasonable quality of life, it's time to discuss euthanasia with your veterinarian. If a therapy gives your cat less than a 50% chance of regaining a high quality of life, consult your veterinarian to see if the treatment is truly in the cat's best interests. The loving thing to do is to let your animal go once a respectable degree of quality of life has passed.

The Euthanization Process

Your veterinarian will administer a tranquilizer shot to your cat before transporting him or her to the treatment area to get an IV. Your cat will then be given to you, and when you're ready, your veterinarian will administer an injection that will halt your cat's heartbeat and breathing, allowing him to pass away gently. Following that, your veterinarian will ask whether you want to spend time with the corpse. Many individuals are perplexed, if not outraged, when their eyes do not close or that they make some final movements after death; this is natural.

Some people choose to have a veterinarian come to their house so that their cat can die in familiar surroundings.

Handling the Remains

Another issue that you should think about long before the time comes is what you'll want to do with your cat's body.

If you wish to bury it on your land, check your local regulations first, as this is forbidden in many areas. Some cities provide pet cemeteries, and you may find out about the costs and services available so you can make an informed decision.

Some people prefer to have the body cremated and returned to them. Many companies sell beautiful urns that are made specifically to store pet ashes.

Some may make a donation to an animal charity in their cat's name so that an animal who is still on the earth can benefit.

There are also "virtual cemeteries" on the web, such as that some people find comforting.

Take Time for Yourself

Once your cat is dead and you have dealt with the body, it's important to take care of yourself.

If your friends don't understand your connection, consider finding a chat line where you can interact with others who do. One may be found on the Rainbows Bridge website, while others can be found on the internet. You might wish to prepare a "Memory Book" and fill it with images, poetry, prayers, cards, and other souvenirs so that you can remember this time in the future. There are no specific guidelines for creating one other than that it should be meaningful to you.

Making a Memory Book may be quite therapeutic. Some folks may want to purchase an inspiring candle for this reason and have a special prayer or "good-bye" ceremony instead. Any ritual that benefits you is beneficial.

There are also numerous books on the subject of dealing with pet loss that you may read for consolation and suggestions. No one likes to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but knowing that when the time came, you were able to do the most caring thing possible brings immense comfort.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.