How To Put a Cat to Sleep At Home

What we are going to talk about today is something that some cat parents evade for most of the time until they are faced with the situation itself. It is quite a serious and, may I say depressing matter to talk about. At some point, we have to make the decision, or know how to put a cat to sleep at home.

Today, let us join one another in knowing the things we have to know about the moment when our cats are about to go back to the cat heaven where they truly belong.


What do we mean by putting a cat to sleep?

“Putting a cat to sleep” is actually a euphemism for cat euthanasia. Cat euthanasia refers to ending the life of your cat, void of any pain and agony. This is very much similar to the concept of euthanasia in humans. Usually, it is quick and you are ensured that your cat will no longer feel any pain.

Cat euthanasia is usually suggested by vets who upon diagnosis see no more chance for a cat to live. It would still be upon the decision of cat parents whether or not they would accept this suggestion. Some cat parents opt to go for this decision especially if they see how much pain their cat could be in.

Quick and easy

We are talking of a quick and painless procedure here. Euthanasia begins when the vet has administered the pre-anesthetic sedative – this is a drug that will help your cat relax a bit more. After the sedative has been administered, the vet will proceed to inject an overdose of anesthesia solution. This will cause the cat to become unconscious and eventually lead to cardiac arrest.

But how do we really know?

Saying goodbye to our beloved cats will be really difficult since we have spent almost our whole lives with them. They are not simply pets, but they are family. It is really a tough decision.

There are a lot of questions floating in our minds, I know. Is it going to be the right decision? Well, to answer that question – choosing to put our cats to sleep cannot be categorized as right or wrong. Euthanasia is only put on the table when there is really not even the slightest tinge of hope for our cats. The vet will not bring up euthanasia if a cat can become healthy again, if a cat can be cured, or if a cat is clearly healthy.

It is a choice between a prolonged life in agony and pain or death, but all the pain will be gone. We are to weigh two things: first is your cat’s quality of life given its conditions, and second is your cat’s pain threshold.

We can make the whole thing more comfortable for our cats

Cats are highly sensitive creatures. More or less they can feel the vibrations and the tension in the air because of what is going to happen to them. They may feel distressed and anxious about the whole process. Forcing them to go in their carrier will only aggravate the situation. This is why it is important for us to learn how to put a cat to sleep at home

Prepare a nice quiet room where the procedure will happen. Make sure to keep away anything that will cause stress and discomfort to your cat

Bring in its favorite cat toys, cat tree, or cat bed

Make your cat feel that everything is in place and nothing unusual will happen

Talk to your cat, reassuring them that everything will be alright. You can also opt to say your goodbyes. Just make everything memorable for your cat

Beforehand, make sure that you have made the necessary arrangements on what to do with your cat’s body after the procedure.

Manage your loss

It is undeniable that this whole thing can be very painful for us cat parents. But as they always say, there is always a rainbow after the rain. You can opt for counseling if you feel there is a need to. You can also look into having a new cat in the house, there are a lot of friendly cat breeds out there that can surely help you move on! You just need to also embrace them with an open heart!

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Bottom line is, we should make every moment worthwhile with our last ones. Goodbyes are painful but as long as we make every day unforgettable, saying goodbye can one way or another become more bearable. 

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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