While cats are certainly more independent then dogs, they nevertheless become
an integral part of the family. They also tend to live longer than dogs
and therefore often have been part of a family for a long time when the time
comes to have to consider euthenasia.
There are many reasons why one might consider euthenasing a cat, including old age
and debility, a terminal or longstanding disease, financial constraints that preclude expensive treatments,
an inability to re-home the pet if you are moving etc etc.
Once you have made the decision, then try to organise the day so that things go as smoothly
1) Make an appointment with your vet at a time when the waiting room is unlikely to
2) Settle all bills before the time so that you do not need to hang around once
the procedure has been carried out.
3) Decide beforehand how your pet's body will be disposed of. Options might include
home burial, general cremation or cremation with the ashes returned to you.
4) Decide beforehand if you want to be present during the procedure. If you do want to be present
then it is best that you understand the procedure and what it entails so that you
can prepare yourself.
for more details about what to expect.
can be an emotionally stressful event, but this can be greatly reduced if one understands that the decision to take this route has been made in the best interests of your pet.