Have to put my cat down. Never had to do this before…

posted 3 months ago in Emotional
Post # 16
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301 posts
Helper bee

I’m so sorry bee that is heartbreaking. My beloved Snowie who I was gifted when I was 11 suddenly stopped eating and was doing everything very slowly. The vet said it was kidney failure and there was nothing to be done. I couldn’t watch him be in pain anymore so I booked a vet to come to our house the following day and put him down, so he didn’t have to suffer anymore and so that he could go peacefully, surrounded by love and in a place he knew as home. Sadly, that time did not come because that very night our Snowie left us. 

I tried to just focus on the fact that he had such a wonderful life filled with fun, adventure and love and that instead of suffering any longer he went in peace. This happened 4 years ago and I will still sob when I think about it. He will forever live in your heart. Cherish your last moments ❤️

Post # 17
Hostess
8816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

No advice as I thankfully haven’t had to do this yet, but my eldest cat is 15 and showing signs of ageing so I know one day I will likely have to make the same decision. I just wanted to say my thoughts are with you. 

Post # 19
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869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m so so sorry, Bee. It’s such a hard decision.

I had to say goodbye to my Doxie the day before my wedding. He had been declining for a while and he stopped eating. This dog LOVED food, and I knew it was time. In some ways, I think he was telling me as my family was in town and everyone got a chance to say goodbye.

One thing that I told myself: Better to be one day too soon than one day too late.

Lots of hugs to you, Bee.

Post # 20
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1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Hugs! I was in the room when we had to put down my childhood dog when I was 16. It was important to me that she wasn’t alone and wondering where her family was. My mom thought it was too hard and didn’t stay in the room, and she regrets it so much. 

Post # 21
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1819 posts
Buzzing bee

milksteak :  We just had to do this with our cat. He was 15. A few things we did. I brought his favorite blanket because I wanted him to have the smell of home when it happened since he would be in a place he wasnt familiar with. I had his favorite toy. Luckily it made chirp noises. Darling Husband and I also stayed with him. Before taking him that night I spoiled him with all of his favorite treats. Beef Jerky and food with gravy cause he loved the gravy. The entire process I just sat there and pet him and talked. They gave him two shots. One that would just make him very mellow where he just laid there and his tongue was sticking out and then the last one to stop his heart. I wont lie, it was the hardest things I have ever done but I am happy to know that he went with both of us by his side, talking to him, petting him and having him surrounded by the smells of home. Darling Husband thought I was silly for taking the toy and blanket with us. On the way home, he thanked me. He said he would have never thought of it. The moment isnt about you, its about the animal. Nothing against anyone who cant be in the room. However, imagine how that poor animal feels. They are in a room that they dont know about with someone they dont know. Yes, you will cry and be upset… but have their last moments be wiht you because you were their entire life. Have their last moments be remembered that way.

Post # 22
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355 posts
Helper bee

My Sunny was 16 when the time came. It was heartbreaking, but I knew I was the only person she wanted to be with.  I had her since she was 8 weeks old, and she had eyes only for me.  The vet was amazing – we were in a room with a couch so I could sit and cuddle her in her blanket to the end.  It was very peaceful for her, and she left this world knowing she was warm and loved.  I was hysterical, and the vet stayed and hugged me until I was calm enough to leave.  

You will be glad you did because you performed the final act of love for your baby.

Post # 23
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 I’m so so sorry you have to do this. As a profound cat lover I know how much a part of us they are and I so so dread the day I have to make this decision for my kitties. Sending so much love to you at such a hard time. I am crying just reading this. Let yourself feel your feelings and surround yourself with animal lovers who will deeply understand your loss. 

Post # 28
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828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

milksteak :  it’s ok that you can’t have the vet come to your home. Just bring a nice blanket from home to wrap him in to keep him comfortable. I was a crying mess for days before and after too. It’s ok, and yes, the vet will expect it. They know how difficult it is. I was very anxious about it as well. It’s normal to feel sad, anxious, etc and to even second guess your decision. However, I think your kitty has let you k ow it’s time, as did mine, or you wouldn’t have madw the appointment. Do you have anyone to go with you? 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

milksteak :  oh he’s adorable. I’m glad your husband will be with you. I’m so sorry. Your pic makes me cry because it reminds me of my sweet boy that I miss every day.

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