Our cats mean the world to us and their lifelong companionship is hard to let go. Yet, when old age, illness, or a chronic condition begin to take a toll on your cat’s quality of life, it may be time to consider cat euthanasia. You can rely on The Cat Doctor to help you with this difficult decision. We will help assess your cat’s quality of life, their options for treatment and comfort care, as well as the euthanasia process.
Call us at (713) 522-8362 to learn more about your cat's options and what the best plan moving forward is for you and your cat.
Quality of Life
Your cat’s quality of life depends on their level of pain, mobility, and mental acuity, among other elements of their health. As their owner, you are the best one to assess their quality of life since you know them better than anyone else. Yet, we know that it can be hard to give an objective opinion, which is why we’re here to help. Here are some things to watch out for that could indicate your pet’s quality of life is deteriorating:
- Increased irritability or significant change in your pet’s behavior that affects their relationship with you, other pets, and the rest of your family
- Pain that does not seem to decrease even with medication
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased grooming
- Changes in ability to urinate or defecate
- Depression, no interest in play
- Mobility is difficult and avoided
- Has more bad days than good
If one or more of these strikes a chord with you about your pet’s current condition, we can discuss some options for comfort care so you can meet your pet’s basic needs and maintain their happiness. However, if the comfort care is ineffective or too time-consuming with little effect, it may be time to consider cat euthanasia.
Comfort Care Options
Depending on your cat’s condition, palliative or hospice care could help them to lead a high quality of life despite any illness. Palliative care is that which is given while treatments are still underway, while hospice care is given after treatments have been stopped. Both are meant to ease your pet’s pain and discomfort and may include pain medications, dietary supplements, and interaction with you to keep them mentally stimulated. If these options are not relieving enough of their pain, cat euthanasia can put them at peace.
What to Expect with Cat Euthanasia
When you bring them into our clinic for a euthanasia procedure, we will set you up in a private room where you can say your final goodbyes. You will be able to stay with your cat throughout the whole process. We administer a sedative before every euthanasia to keep them calm and relaxed. Then, when you are ready, we administer the euthanasia. You can hold your cat in your lap or step outside if you would prefer not to be present. The euthanasia acts slowly and gently, and your cat feels no pain.
If you are considering cat euthanasia, you don’t have to make the decision alone. Call The Cat Doctor at (713) 522-8362 and we can walk you through your pet’s options and what the best choice is for them. If you are interested in a home euthanasia, we can refer you to another trusted service, just ask.