Post # 1
Most likely, it’s lung cancer. I had to take her to the emergency vet last night; I could tell she was really having a hard time just laying around. She looked like she was in so much pain.
I don’t know what to do. Who am I to decide to euthanize her? I’m not God. Why should I have the decision to put her down? At the same time, I hate to see her suffer– but it isn’t about me and what I can tolerate.
Help. I do not know how much more I can handle. Life is just chucking an entire sack of lemons at me, and I feel so broken.
Post # 3
*hugs* I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. I can’t imagine having to make this decision about my furkid. I don’t have any advice but just wanted to give you virtual hugs.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry sweetie, we just had to put down our dog because she had cancer. As hard as it was to have to make the decision to put her down, it was harder to watch her suffer. Sending you big hugs and I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.
Post # 5
@StuporDuck: (hugs) I undersand what you mean about you not being God, but you don’t want to see your cat suffer. It’s hard to accept losing a pet already. Honestly, as hard as it would be for me, I would have to my dog euthanized. I would cry and worry about her being in so much pain and not having any control over it. I really wish I knew what else to say. How long did the vet say your cat had left?
Post # 6
I’m so sorry. Euthanizing a pet is seriously one of the hardest decisions. We obviously don’t want to do it and want them in our lives as long as possible, but we don’t want them to suffer either, and since we don’t know exactly what they are feeling or how much pain they are in, it’s like we always have to make the decision with incomplete information. You can only do what you feel is right in your heart. Virtual hugs!
Post # 7
I’m so sorry. I don’t have any advice either way but am sending you prayers that you’re able to find peace with either decision.
Post # 8
Cancer is a terrible thing when it comes to pets and unfortunately there is no way to cure it.
No, you’re not God and no, it’s not about how much you can tolerate, but it’s up to you and your vet how much your cat will have to tolerate. Euthanasia is the toughest decision a pet owner makes, but believe me when sometimes it is for the best. If the pet is suffering and in constant pain, then IMO, the owner IS making it about themselves and being selfish by letting the pet live and suffer because they don’t want to make that decision and want Fluffy around as long as possible.
Good luck and my thoughts are with you and your kitty.
Post # 9
I adopted a cat last year, and it turned out that he had stomach cancer, and it was spreading to his lungs. He had had it for a while before we got him, and he was suffering. I decided to keep him comfortable for as long as possible, and that allowed me time to come to terms with the situation. After about 1-2 months he fell very ill. His blood sugar soared, he just sat in front of his water looking miserable and not drinking, he even slept in his litter box. It was then that I knew it was time. He was so miserable. A few days before he was fine and dandy, but I just couldn’t put him through it any longer. I had to put my feelings aside for a moment and think of how he was feeling. It hurt pretty bad putting him to sleep, but at least he’s not suffering. <3
Post # 10
I am so sorry to hear this! I lost my cat yesterday, suddenly. It is so hard..I miss him so much. I pray for only the best for you.
Post # 11
@StuporDuck: I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. One day my cat stopped eating and I took him to the vet. They did an ultrasound and he had pancreatic cancer and there was nothing I could do. I ultimately decided it would be better to let him peacefully fall asleep than slowly starve and be in pain. I got to say my goodbyes to him and was there when he left us. It is a very difficult thing to go through.
Post # 12
Oh dear, I am so sorry. It’s the kind of news every pet lover dreads getting. The only advice I can give is that I think you can trust yourself to know when the right time is. You know your pet better than anyone else, and you will know when the illness takes over, and your pet no longer has a good quality of life. Do what you can to keep her comfortable. This might sound weird, but if you aren’t the type of person who has a lot of photos of your pet, it might be a good idea to take a few now. My mom’s cat had a lung tumor, and, although she was distraught and told me it was unnecessary, I took a few pictures of him a week or so before he was euthanized and gave them to her a month or so after. She is SO happy she has the pics now that she has grieved. Other than that, lots of hugs to you. Know that I am biased, as I firmly believe that well timed euthanasia is an act of love, sparing an innocent being what I see as unneccessary pain and suffering.
Post # 13
@StuporDuck: I am so sorry to hear about your cat. The only downside to having a pet is that they don’t live as long as we do. Deciding when it’s time to let go is a really hard decision and never easy. *hugs*
My cat was a few weeks shy of 18 years old when she was put to sleep at the end of Feb (about 2 months ago). About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with a rare disease and at the time the vet said she had 6 months-1 year. I went through different medications for her and I think she was comfortable until about the last 4-5 days of her life. I knew she had been loosing weight and had gone completely blind at the end, but when she stopped purring when I’d pick her up~I knew she really wasn’t there anymore. The best you can do is to keep your cat comfortable, she’ll tell you when it’s time.
Post # 14
I’m so, so sorry lady. This is horribly sad news. I cannot imagine the thought of losing a furry family member (it actually makes my eyes get all watery thinking about it). *HUGS*
Post # 15
I’m really sorry to hear about your cat. 🙁
When my pet was struggling in pain and finally died in my arms a few months ago, I can tell you that it sure would have been easier on her if I’d had the option to “put her down”. Alas, it was very late on a weekend and she was a tiny wee thing (a hamster).
Post # 16
Well, I was able to take Hippie home this evening. They found fluid on her lungs, and they were able to drain them. She is a much happier cat today, albeit still sluggish and laying about. But she’s not coughing like she had been last night.
The vet I spoke to today said there are slim possibilities that her illness is not cancer, but instead an infectious virus or bacteria. The virus (FIP) is a terminal one. If a bacteria, it could perhaps be treated, but since there is fluid surrounding the lungs, they would have to essentially put a shunt on her and constantly drain / administer antibiotics right into the lung area.
Poor girl. She’s purring up a storm when I pet her, and snuggling as much as ever. We have another vet appointment on Monday to get a comparison x-ray, and hoping for a favorable cellular analysis of the lung fluid. This is a slim shot, but it’s something.