February 1, 2005 3:11 PM Subscribe
How do you know when to put your pet to sleep? [+]
posted by quadog to pets & animals (25 answers total)
I have a 15 year old cat. She went completely blind a few months ago. She has formed the habit of climbing up on furniture and getting trapped. I suspect she is too afraid to jump back down since she can't gauge how far away the floor is. On three recent occasions she has pissed or shat on the furniture. Last night I found that she had pissed on the bed.
At this point, I have lost my patience and am considering putting her down. I'm concerned that perhaps I should be doing more to help her. Other than the blindness, she is fairly healthy. This is the first animal I've had since adulthood and I've never had to make the decision to put a pet to sleep. I want my decision to be motivated by a rational reason - not simply out of annoyance or inconvenience. Any thoughts on what is the right thing to do?