Should I stay with my cat during euthanasia? This is entirely your choice, but we often hear that it is comforting for owners to know that they were with their pet at the end. Because of the close bond you have with your cat, they may find comfort in knowing you're there with them too.
Choosing to stay with your pet during euthanasia is best because it alleviates their stress. Having you present reduces the anxiety and fear they may experience at the end of life. The process of dying can trigger anxiety in a pet. Having their loved one near relieves some of their discomfort.
“Most veterinarians would prefer euthanasia to take place at a quiet time of day in the clinic,” Dr. Scott explains, “so that they can allow the owner to be in the room and take as much time with their cat as needed after the procedure.
They will only feel a needle prick, but some felines may be more sensitive to this than others. If your vet injects the euthanasia drug directly from a needle and syringe, again they may react slightly to the needle prick but will not experience any pain when the drug is being injected.
The euthanasia process itself does not hurt, but is similar to going under anesthesia, so your pet may feel odd as they lose consciousness, leading to odd noises or movements.
In these cases, your vet may administer an appropriate sedative to help them relax. Some vets also prefer to do this in every case, to pre-empt any problems. This sedation takes effect gradually over about ten minutes and puts cats into a light sleep. You will normally be able to hold or cuddle them during this time.
You may wish to overly spoil your pet with his or her favorite food or toy if he or she feels up to it. Other pet owners may elect to snuggle with their pets and take a final nap together before meeting with the veterinarian for the euthanasia.
Some cats experience seizures before they die. This can be convulsions accompanied by yowling noises. The cat may have several in the hours before death, may seem to not recognize their owner or understand where he is.
Physical Symptoms – Certain physical symptoms can also signal that a cat is near the end of their life. Loss of appetite, weight loss, and poor coat condition are all common signs of illness in cats, as well as difficulty breathing or laboured breathing.
All in all, even the most aloof and brooding cat will be able to pick up on your warmth and devotion. Whether they choose to admit it or not, they can sense when a person loves them (and hates them). So always make sure you're emitting good, kitty-positive vibes, and your cat will be sure to indulge in the lovefest.
Feeling guilt is a sign of just how much you cared about your pet. Guilt is our brain's way of protecting us feeling the full weight of our grief and sadness over something like loss.
Eyes will likely remain open. Rarely they close and sometimes they are in a sort of a neutral position, neither open or closed. Pet owners often ask me to close their pet's eyes. Unfortunately, even if we close the eyes, they will inevitably re-open unless a little drop of surgical glue is put under the eyelids.
In most situations, companion pets should be allowed to be present during the process of euthanasia. Furthermore, companion pets should ALWAYS be allowed to be present AFTER the ailing pet has passed on. I often tell families that companion pets' grieve uniquely, like people do.
The doctor will listen carefully to your pet's heart to ensure it has stopped before pronouncing him or her gone. After that, there is no danger of your pet waking up. This is a very common fear for pet owners.
As the solution is injected, the animal loses consciousness and within minutes the heart and lungs stop functioning. Since the pet is not conscious, they do not feel anything. Most times, the animal passes away so smoothly, that it is difficult to tell until the veterinarian listens for absence of a heartbeat.
Behaviour signs of a cat in pain
Lethargy. Decreased interest in positive things like playing, social interaction and exploring outside. Being withdrawn and hiding away. Appearing lame and experiencing increased sensitivity to touch in specific areas of their body.
Your vet can arrange for your cat to be cremated, or you may wish to take them to the pet crematorium yourself. Your cat can be part of a communal cremation after which their ashes will be scattered with others in the garden of rest.
You may find yourself admitting that my pet died, and I can't stop crying. Understand that crying for your pet is natural. It's normal, and though painful, it's part of the grieving process that's necessary for you to heal. “Most people who have bonded with a pet know the comfort and joy animals provide.
Kidney Disease: When the kidneys aren't working properly, your cat may be dehydrated. This causes them to drink more and urinate more. Common causes of kidney problems in cats can be kidney stones, a kidney infection, or even kidney failure.
And make no mistake: Witnessing the euthanasia of your beloved companion IS traumatic (though it can also help allay fears that your companion suffered). This is not a decision to be made lightly, or based on someone else's choices. Most feel that the pet's well-being is the most important consideration.
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“If you can find a Fear Free practitioner or practice that would be great. Some veterinarians may prescribe a mild tranquilizer for the pet. Some pets pick up on the emotions of their pet parents so staying as calm as possible yourself may be helpful to your pet,” said Dr.