I need advice on that final trip to the vet.
May 29, 2010 10:06 AM Subscribe
Our poor cat is slowly dying. When it's time to go to the vet for the last time, what do I do?
posted by pdb to Pets & Animals (38 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We have a 17 year old cat whose kidneys are failing, and who is generally starting to just shut down. He's not in any pain at this point that we can see, and he's still fairly mobile but not nearly as much as he used to be. The vet has said that within the next 6-9 months he'll probably get to the point where he will be in enough pain that we'll need to decide when it's time to end his pain.
My wife has had this cat since he was three weeks old, and has already informed me that she will be unable to take the cat to the vet when it's time, which I completely understand. So I have been asked to both make that call when I feel it's necessary, and to take him to the vet once I do.
I'm OK with this - well, OK is a strong word but I'm willing to do it to save my wife that bit of heartbreak - but what I don't know is, when it does come time, how do I take a cat to the vet for the last time? Do I need to make an appointment or can I just take him in? What should I expect when I get to the vet - can I stay with the kitty? Do I want to?
I've never had pets before and I have no idea what this will be like, other than that it will suck, so I want to be as prepared as possible.