(Closed) My old lady..

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Awww….your post made me cry.  


I”m so sad for you.


I know (that some vets) will come to your home for this type of thing.  It may be worthwhile to make a few calls.  You might find one who is willing.



Post # 4
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@lia22:  There are vets that will come to your home & put your animal down. My SO just had to put down her 16 year old cat as well (I think the cat was 16…at least 15). I’m so sorry you’re going through this, I know how hard it is (my dog was put down when I was 17 & it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through)…if you don’t want to do that, you could ask the vet for a med that will calm the cat down or maybe make her really sleepy so she doesn’t get anxious and scared during the car ride.

I think you’ll be able to tell the difference in your baby when it’s time. You said she’s happy & purring now even though she’s a little off, I think you’ll be able to tell when she’s in pain & tired of it. For now just love her to pieces for as long as you have.

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lia22:  Are her back legs/feet cold?  Is she vocalizing at all?

Post # 6
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I had to put my 17 year old cat down a couple years ago. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I cry just thinking about her. All I can say is just watch her. One day I looked at her and I knew it was time. Sometimes I worry that I waited to long and I think about her last days. :'(

Post # 7
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There are many vets that will come to your home, and even your vet may be willing to even if they dont typically do house calls.  If not find out if they will give you a presciption to pick up ahead of time to calm down/take the edge off the trip.  

I worked at a vets office for many years, the most loving thing you can do for your pet is not letting them suffer, in my opinion.  Its always hard, luckily your cat has a great owner:)

Post # 8
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I am sooo sorry you’re going through this 🙁

I know how you feel. My dog had cancer that spread to his bones and walking was painful for him. He would yelp, limp- it was heartbreaking. I couldn’t bear the thought of putting him to sleep, but at the same time I didn’t want him to suffer. Luckily I didn’t have to make the decision, he ending up passing away in his sleep.

You will know when it’s time. Towards the end, my dog didn’t move as much, he would wait by the couch or bed for me to pick him up. I knew he was in pain. You’ll know.

Sending lots of hugs your way 🙁

Post # 11
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

aw sweetheart, im so sorry you have to go through this.

You’ll know when it’s time, she’s still purring and seems happy, thats fine.

Post # 12
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m so sorry. This is a time I am dreading as my cats get older and older. My oldest is only 6, but I’ve lost my 2 childhood cats now.


Definitely call your vet and talk about someone coming to your home when it is time. It can absolutely be done that way, and that way your cat will not experience any discomfort or fear.

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@lia22:  Ugh I’m so so so so sorry. I teared up reading this and couldn’t decide what to say. I know nothing anyone says makes it better, because I know what you’re going through. It’s so incredibly hard but you are doing the right thing for her. The way you talk about her I’m sure she felt so incredibly loved and lucky to be with you, and I’m sure she will keep feeling that until the end. Just be there for her and hold her so she’s in a happy safe place with you as her last memory. 

She is gorgeous by the way. And I’m so sorry 🙁 

Post # 15
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I woke up in the night thinking about your poor old lady. I hope I’m not too late posting this. Have you tried glucosamine sulfate? 

it’s an over-the-counter medication that a lot of older people take for arthritis, but you can dose it down for cats and dogs too. It’s not very expensive, and if she’s otherwise in good health it might make her comfortable again getting around the house for a while. 

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