Putting your Pet down... When is the time?

Reply Sat 23 Nov, 2019 07:30 pm
As if to give me hope, after 24 hours refusing food or snacks, Joe took some of both today. The vet gave me this quality of life survey/scale that helps you try to objectively (yeah, right)quantify when your cat is suffering too much.

Anything below 21 points is still worth living. 21 or over is not.
Joe only scores about 13 right now.

I don’t know which would be worse- holding on to him for too long, or letting him go before he needs me to.

Thanks you guys. It helps that some of you have been through this.
Reply Sat 23 Nov, 2019 08:05 pm
FWIW snood, when it was Simi's time, I don't know how to explain it, but she told me.

I know all the people here who love their pets can understand that we looked in each others eyes, and something changed in them as she met my gaze, and she told me "I don't want to do this anymore."

She didn't look at me like that any time before in her long life. Wasn't pain or anything, just, "I'm done."

Stood up, called the our vet who is 3 blocks from us, and we went in. They made it a very special and comfortable experience for her.
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Reply Sat 23 Nov, 2019 08:27 pm
I hate it when anybody's pet gets put down. To me the pets are family.
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Reply Sat 23 Nov, 2019 09:50 pm
I might not be right, but if Joe is showing interest in food I'd hang on to him a little longer. Keep each other company a little while longer.
Reply Sat 23 Nov, 2019 10:49 pm
Yeah, I am leaning that way now, GB. He has nibbled at his dish a couple times and taken some treats, too. I’ll stick with him awhile longer. I’ll watch close for things like him deciding he’s through eating for a longer period, or he starts showing signs of serious discomfort/pain like hiding from me or recoiling from being petted.
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