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Putting an elderly cat to sleep

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Janaih Mon 14-Sep-20 11:03:01

I've got an appointment to take my ginger princess to the vet on friday. Her fur is matted, I have to puree her food and shes very slow and unsteady etc. It feel like the right time to say goodbye. I feel awful though as shes not ill ill, just frail.
I've had two other cats pts in past 6 years due to illness and I cant bear to go through that again.
Has anyone else been here with elderly cat? (19)
Hand holds very welcome!

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Toddlerteaplease Mon 14-Sep-20 11:59:27

If you feel the time is right then it is. It's absolutely true when people say you will know. It's a very peaceful and dignified way to go. It's far worse for us. But it sounds like she's had a wonderful long life with you. brewthanksthanks

Janaih Mon 14-Sep-20 12:56:51

Thanks for your reassuring words flowers

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FabulouslyFab Mon 14-Sep-20 12:58:15

So sad. But I wouldn’t do it at the vets. My Buddy cat was pts at home so she didn’t have the stress of the visit to the vets 💐

SconesJamthenCream Mon 14-Sep-20 12:59:35

I recently said bye to my ginger girl - she was nearly 18 and had gone downhill and become very frail - she did have underlying health issues but I felt like you. Thinking of you. Lots of hugs and love for her over these last days. You are being kind.

BovaryX Mon 14-Sep-20 13:02:19


So sad. But I wouldn’t do it at the vets. My Buddy cat was pts at home so she didn’t have the stress of the visit to the vets 💐

I agree with this. Both of my cats hate going to the vet. I would try to avoid having them end their lives there.

mazylou Mon 14-Sep-20 13:03:13

Better a day early than a minute too late. You’re doing the best you can for her, and you know her best. I’m sorry you’re going through this.

madcatladyforever Mon 14-Sep-20 13:30:30

Buns is 19 and also frail but nowhere near ready.
But I will know when she is and when that time comes I'll be doing the same thing OP.

Janaih Mon 14-Sep-20 15:52:38

Thanks all for your kind comments they have really helped me on a shitty day. I didnt think I'd be this upset by making the appointment.

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Ludo19 Mon 14-Sep-20 22:21:53

I had to pts my beautiful girl last January at 18 then her sister 10 months to the day in November at 19 which was so so difficult. Last year was awful, I'd had them since they were babies and the loss was awful.

You are giving her one last kindness and I know it'll be immensely painful for you. Big hugs xxx

Eekay Mon 14-Sep-20 22:24:36

I feel for you. We're coming close to this day with our old girl. It's so hard, but we have to do the right thing by our pets, as we do all through their lives.

Janaih Mon 14-Sep-20 23:29:55

Its heartbreaking isnt it. You try and prepare yourself but it's just so sad.

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SconesJamthenCream Fri 18-Sep-20 20:47:56

Thinking of you today.

JaceLancs Fri 18-Sep-20 22:28:21

Hope today was ok under circumstances
Last 2 Dcat I had to have put to sleep I stayed with and was reassured and at peace it was the best thing for them
Hugs to you xx

GreyGoose1980 Sat 19-Sep-20 08:50:16

So sorry to hear that OP. DC is 15 and I know that day will come. Hugs to you and hope you are bearing up xx

Janaih Sat 19-Sep-20 09:09:56

Thanks for thinking of me. It was very sad but a dignified and peaceful end. The vet was lovely and agreed it was the kind thing to do.
I've ordered a realistic ornament to go in the garden as a memorial. RIP Leafy.

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GreyGoose1980 Mon 21-Sep-20 20:38:04

I’m glad it was as bearable as these things ever are. The ornament is a lovely idea flowers

Sacados Mon 21-Sep-20 20:42:26

Poor old darling, you have helped her gently through this and saved her from suffering. She is lucky to have had a caring owner like you. flowers

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