View Full Version : Hard decision-euthanasia/my old cat?
I have a seal point Siamese, she is at least 13 years old. Recentlt she has started to act weirdly, going to the toilet in her bed and not bothering to wash etc.She still eats loads (despite her almost total lack of teeth!) I took her to the vet, who took blood and tested it for various things, but said she may just be 'senile' and suffering from her age. The vet said she would think it reasonable to have her put to sleep, now or when I feel it is appropriate, but the blood tests will check for anything clinical. They came back clear, so it's basically deciding at what point to have her put to sleep.
Tonight I have just discovered another load of pee/poo in her bed, and that is just wrong for a cat to be doing-they're usually very fastidious.
What on earth do I do? Keep her alive because I don't want to lose her? She isn't actually ill as such, but clearly she is not right. Is having her PTS the kindest thing?
:higgies: Lazymummy. What a horrible decision to have to make. My pets are both still relatively young, so I don't really have any advice to offer as such. At least she is not suffering, so you don't have to rush any decision. However, I would agree that something is definately not right if she is messing her bed. 13 is old for a cat, I think if she was mine I would probably follow the vet's advice.
I hope this doesn't sound to harsh but I think the time has come to have her PTS ... and that is the kindest thing you can do for her.
We have 2 cats and I hope that I can still think this way when their time comes. I hate to think of them suffering just because I want to hang on to them a bit longer.
Big hugs. This must be a very sad time for you :hug:
The question I would ask is 'Is she suffering/in pain?'
If she's suffering then having her PTS would probably be the best thing. If not, and it's just the inconvenience of having to clear up after her more then I'd say no.
:hug: I appreciate how hard a decision this must be to make, and I really do sympathise. xxx
Aw LM, I'm so sorry that it's come to this and that you have to make such a horrible decision. You are right though, cats are very clean creatures and there's deff something wrong for her to be soiling her own bed. If you think she is in pain then I would totally support your decision to have her put to sleep, it is the kindest thing to do at the end. Big :higgies: to you hun,
Poor you, and poor kitty. I think its time to have her PTS :hug: After all, Cats a SUCH clean creatures, she cant be happy having accidents in her bed etc, and that must make her feel quite sad. If you are happy to carry on cleaning up, and she isnt in pain as such, then maybe you could wait it out, but I really do believe in being able to chose a time to go with dignity, and obvioulsy to end misery or suffering and I think this may be it.
Sorry if my post offends anyone, thats not my intention, just sharing my view.
I keep editing my post, as every time I read it it doesnt quite sound how I want.
:oops: I think that if she is going senile, that will be hard on her, as well as you, and this seems like the start of a downward slope (Sorry, that sounds harsh) and if you can do the humane thing, then I think that would be justified and right. On the other hand, nursing her through would be just as "right". I am not helping the matter am I ? - If it were me, I honestly think I would have her PTS as hard as it is for you. :hug:
I think its time to let her go hon:hug: By cats standards she is very old surely she must be miserable going to the toilet in her bed which as you said yourself, is not something cats will do unless they are very stressed or just not able to get up and go to the toilet in their litter tray. I think to save you and her any heartache I would have her put to sleep now before it gets worse. Sorry if I've upset you but I think its best for both of you at this stage.
Big hugs to you, I have two cats myself and love them so much. I hope this helps you make the right decision for both of you:hug:
I'm sorry to say I agree with everyone else, it probably is time for her to go. It's the hardest decision you'll ever have to make, I know because I've been there, but it's the kindest thing you can do for your pet, especially if she seems unhappy.
Don't feel guilty about it - if you cat could talk she would probably thank you.
You have my deepest sympathy, I know it's really hard. We're here if you need us.
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