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Should I have my cat pts?(10 Posts)
I know some people are going to think I'm a right bitch, but I just want a simple poll
My cat is 18. He's been around since ds1 was a tot, he's been healthy and happy and had the run of the garden. He has never been kept in, he hates the vet (gets really distressed). The last time we were there he went berserk, got really upset and took days to calm down. At the time she wanted to take blood tests, watch him for liver problems, operate on some growths he had in his ears (he is now stone deaf), but he was so upset we never went back.
He has suddenly stopped eating and has very loose poos, with blood in them .
dh wants to take him to the vet and have him treated. I want to be nice to him, let him stay around until he seems distressed, and then ask the vet to put him down. I don't want him prodded, or operated on, or even shoved into a cat basket and made to wait in a waiting room. I want him left alone.
Which of us is being unreasonable?
Cats are the masters at hiding pain or dicomfort - if he's 18, has stopped eating and is having bloody diarrhoea then the odds are that he's feeling pretty awful for some reason and is covering up, as they do. You need to get treatment for him directly.
Have you thought of asking for a home vet visit? Most practices will do that although it's more expensive than a standard practice appointment. In any case, why not phone the practice first thing to discuss?
I don't know a vet that will do that here (Ireland).
I know he's probably in pain. That's the problem.
The main reason I don't want to ask the vet is that I know she will say "bring him down and we will treat him". But I can't bring myself to force him into a basket. Though come to think of it I'll have to do that to get him put to sleep.
I would just rather he fell asleep and didn't wake up. I just feel he's had a great life, I would like it to just end peacefully.
He's always been awful with the vet, in fact we have done all the worming/flea treatment etc ourselves because it upset him so much going there.
I wonder if the vet would give you the cat equivalent of a valium to give to the cat before you put him into the basket. This would maybe make it less traumatic.
If he's in great pain, I wonder if you could give a day or two or steroid (10mg daily, one 5mg morning and one 5mg night) to make him feel less rotten. Then give the sedative to put into the basket and bring to the vets. When I had my cat pts, the vet offered an injection of sedative before anaesthetic if needed.
Just thoughts. I don't know what order would be appropriate, or even if any are suitable.
If you do pts, you can stroke him and talk gently to him while the injection is being given.
Sorry to hear about your cat.
Our vet in Ireland will do home visits, so it might be worth asking around? They will certainly come to the house to put an animal to sleep, I know a few people they've done that for. It's a small rural practice.
It does sound like the poor old fella needs looking at, so although I totally sympathise with you I think your DH is right & he needs to be seen.
At the grand old age of 18 I wouldn't be inclined to allow too much intervention, just non-invasive treatment to manage his symptoms & stop him being in pain.
The vet would be able to give you a good idea of whether to pts or not.
It's a horrible decision to have to make & I feel for you.
From his symptoms and his age, I'd also suspect he's in pain - considerable discomfort at the very least. Your responsibility now is to ensure that the pain is stopped as best you can. I doubt his end would be 'peaceful' if you didn't help in some way.
Birds' suggestion that the vet might agree to give you some appropriate meds for him before vetting has merit in the circumstances - although it would mean that an examination would be more difficult I would have thought.
Why not phone the vet to discuss?
I think you are all right. I will pass it on to dh to deal with.
Our vet is lovely, but will want to treat much more aggressively than I want to.
He was grand until a few days ago - it was Wednesday when ds pointed out he wasn't eating, and only today I noticed the bloody poo. And he's currently asleep on my knee.
It's a hard time for you all. They become so much part of our lives.
If you don't want to be in a busy waiting room, get the first appointment of the day (or even ask if they can do a little earlier). Be early as well.
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