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In home cat euthanasia offers a peaceful way to say goodbye to your pet

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What is in home cat euthanasia?

By Zoë Monk Content Writer

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Saying goodbye is the hardest part of being a pet owner. But when a cat reaches the end of its life, in home cat euthanasia can be a compassionate option. 

For most owners, their cat is much more than just a pet. They are cherished family members who provide comfort, love, and companionship. But when their life is nearing its end and their quality of life is declining, in-home cat euthanasia offers a peaceful and compassionate way to say goodbye to your feline friend and allows them to pass away in a comfortable and familiar environment.

Here we’ll explore how in home cat euthanasia works, what to expect and what happens afterwards.

How in-home cat euthanasia works

In home cat euthanasia involves a vet coming to your home to put your pet to sleep. Once you decide that it's time to say goodbye, the process typically begins with a phone call with your vet, who will discuss your pet's situation to ensure pet euthanasia is the right option for them. They will then explain how euthanasia at home works and arrange a date and time for them to visit. On the day, the vet will give your cat a drug that will make it lose consciousness and stop its heart. Your cat shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort, just the brief pinprick of the needle. 

What to expect with in-home cat euthanasia

Once your vet arrives at your home, they will go through the euthanasia process again with you and answer any questions you have. They will also likely ask you to sign a consent form. Once you are ready, the vet will administer a sedative to help the cat relax and alleviate any discomfort or anxiety. Afterwards, a second injection containing a euthanasia solution will be administered. It works quickly and painlessly, allowing the cat to pass away peacefully while surrounded by their loved ones.

While it is a difficult time, it’s important to keep in mind that after a pet has been put to sleep, several bodily functions can occur, which are completely normal and nothing to worry about. You may notice your cat taking a breath or twitching as different parts of its body shut down. It’s also quite common for a pet to pass faeces, urine, and/or wind after they’ve passed away.

What happens after in-home cat euthanasia

After your cat has passed away, your vet will advise you on your aftercare options. Some families choose to bury their cats in a special spot in their garden or opt for cremation services. Some vet practices offer private or communal cremation services, allowing owners to receive their cat’s ashes. Many vets will also offer resources to help families cope with the loss of a pet such as counselling services or support groups. Pet bereavement is devastating, so take the time you need to grieve for your cat.

Deciding to put your cat to sleep is undoubtedly a difficult decision. Many pet owners can struggle with feelings of doubt or guilt, wondering if they should have done more to help their pet or if they’re making the right choice. However, you also want to prioritise your cat’s well-being and consider their comfort and dignity. Pet euthanasia can provide a compassionate way for you to say goodbye to your feline friend and ensure their final moments are spent in the comfort of their loving home.

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