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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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My cat is 19

I got two cats before I was married or had kids. These were my first animals that I got myself as an adult (I grew up with family cats, never my own). They were with me through thick and thin! Pookie lived to 19 before kidney failure took her. Putting her down was very traumatic. She screamed and cried and turned and looked at me, it seemed like it lasted forever, and felt like I betrayed her. Now 2 years later my Brownie, who is 19, is not doing well. I took her to vet and blood panel revealed a kidney infection, so another test was ordered to determine if the antibiotic she was prescribing was the right one. It was, but she is not any better. We are feeding her with eye dropper and she is so weak she can't stand, but she is still bright eyed and affectionate and responsive. I took her to vet again and he wanted to put her down that day. My kids begged me to let her come home, so that's what I did. She doesn't seem to be in pain and just sleeps and eats and drinks what we give her. My wish is for her to go peacefully on her own. I feel like she isn't ready to go yet.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 09:27 PM
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I'm sorry about what happened with your other cat, but it's not normal. That's not what usually happens.


I'm a firm believer in NOT letting cats go on their own. I don't believe it's "peaceful" at all. When Cinderella no longer wanted to eat, it was time. I would have only been keeping her around for myself and I refused to make her eat just for me. She went very peacefully, in my arms, in a garden at my vet's office.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 11:14 PM
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Cats are experts at hiding discomfort. Unless they're in agony they usually show little signs of distress. Saying goodbye is never fun, but it's poor Brownie's time. I'm always of the opinion that it's a more loving act to put them out of their misery than to let them suffer too long because the family can't bring themselves to let go. Unfortunately, there is rarely a case when a cat goes peacefully on its own, despite the outward appearances that they seem to be okay.

Euthanasia is virtually painless for the cat. She is a lucky cat to live that long! I hope Turbo makes it that far. Good luck. Be strong and do what's right for Brownie.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2017, 08:55 PM
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If and when you make the decision and you are concerned about the same situation happening at the vets, ask the vet for a tranquilizer before you bring her in. Say your goodbyes before you give it to her. Allow enough time for it to work. That should help eliminate her stress.
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Depending on where you live, is at-home euthanization an option? In addition to providing closure for you and your friend it can be instructive for your children.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 12:34 PM
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Karen, I'm so sorry you're having to go through saying good bye again soon. 19 is a good long life. my sweet Angel passed at 15 1/2 with CKD. and I did have a vet come to the house to help her along on that very sad day. I wanted to her to maintain some dignity and I think she did. she was absolutely beautiful that day and it was very peaceful. I hope the answer comes to you on the timing. when it does, definitely have them sedate her first before the 2nd shot. it's just too sudden without it.

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