Skip to comments.I just put my cat down
Posted on 04/04/2009 6:26:36 PM PDT by Califreak
She was very sick. I don't know if I did the right thing.
I'm pro-life, but I feel like such a hypocrite.
If your cat was very sick, honey, you did the right thing, I promise. And I’m proud of you...that’s a hard, hard thing to do.
It was very hard.
She laid her little head in my hand until the bitter end.
I did the same with my Labrador retriever when he was 13-1/2 years.
Ending the life of a beloved pet is one of the most difficult things to do but is sometimes necessary to end its suffering.
I’m very sorry for your loss, but rest assured, you did the right and humane thing. It’s never easy being the human, but we owe our pet friends our compassionate care.
Please visit the forum at http://petloss.com/ It will help.
I lost a much loved cat not long ago very unexpectedly, and it helped me. Be well.
The same with my Sparky.
Your cat knows that it was very much loved.
You did the right thing.
Not inconsistent with pro-life beliefs at all.
When my kid first adopted a dog from the shelter, I told him, you will have to kill it one day.
That is what men do- they kill the animals when it needs to be done.
my condolences - remember - we are given dominion over the animals.....people are a different story altogether. Nothing hypocritical about it - Im struck by your empathy in the face of pain...and Im sure your memories are rich as are mine
You did good and your love for your cat shows.
It may be hard now, but in time you’ll know you did the right thing.
You did the right thing. A pet always looks to you. I know it’s hard to put a pet you love to sleep, but it’s selfish to make him suffer.
I can empathize...it hurts like heck! You have my sympathy.
Putting a suffering animal down is humane. It doesn’t make you a pro-life hypocrite. When it’s your turn to cross over I’m sure the cat will be waiting for you to say thanks.
I share your pain, having put two beloved furgirls into the ground within the last year. But the day comes, always, when we have to make that tough choice.
One online vet wrote that pets never seem to die when they need to, leaving the decision to us.
I believe God takes pets into heaven to wait for us.
Don’t beat yourself up. You did the right thing.
I feel your pain. Been through the death of my dog.
He was sick in many ways but not enough to do that
although I would have somehow done it, had he gotten real bad.
Stay strong and know you did right.
The old boy had cancer. Even through I know I was doing the right thing, it hurt like the dickens. I cried like a baby.
Ya did the right thing my FRiend.
Regarding the life issue, even my priest who is a BIG dog lover put one of his own dog down after it was diagnosed with kidney failure.
I’m so sorry. But if you can’t relieve the suffering of a pet, it’s the best thing to do. I have a bird and some days he’s the thing that makes me smile the hardest.
Here’s “Rainbow Bridge” for you.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
I’m so sorry for your loss of your little friend and family member. I’m glad you were there with her, comforting her. I’m sure it was so very hard. Please post a picture of her for us here if you can, ok?
It was an act of LOVE. You may not believe this, but it is true.
Letting go of a pet is extremely difficult.
Concentrate on the good positive moments you've had with your cat. That's the way your cat would want to be remembered.
Yours is one of the nicest sentiments I seen posted on this site in the ten years I have been around.
Wasn’t she so very lucky to have someone who loved her that much??!! You aren’t a hypocrite...you were compassionate, it hurt you MUCH MORE than it hurt her.
I once read that the mourning on the loss of a loved-one is the shadow of all the love they gave while alive, so focus not on the shadow, but the memory of that love.
We’ve had to do the same with two much loved dogs. We buried both of them in our back yard....and planted rose bushes on their graves. It hurt us, but we made sure that they didn’t hurt anymore. You did the right thing. At some point, suffering has to end.
You gave your kitty all the love she could ever need while she lived and even as her life ended. That is all that matters.
Very sorry about your cat.
The loss of a much loved pet is very hard.
I am so sorry but you did the right thing. I too am pro-life but do not want an animal to suffer needlessly. God bless you.
My cat has melanoma and I'll be in your shoes in another month or two.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I remember the first time I had to put one of my pets down, a cat, the vet shared with me that in his opinion, keeping a suffering animal alive was selfish on our part and that he thought it more humane of us to give them rest from their suffering.
He told me the clue to when to put them to sleep should be when the animal cannot enjoying it’s life because of suffering. Of course we don’t know everything but they are put here for us to take care of and seeing their end comes with as little suffering as possible is one of our responsibilities when we decide to care for them in the first place.
It’s hard enough without feeling the added guilt but I’m sure all of us who have over the years had to do this for our animals can say it is never easy.
I’m sure you and your vet came to the right conclusion for your cat. It’s so very hard and very sad but better to have cared for them to the end.
Godspeed in your healing.
I'm dreading the inevitability of the day you just went through. Thank God for the memories and the time you were allowed to spend with your friend, a completely innocent and unconditionally loving being.
I think at most times I much prefer their company to that of most Human Beings I know or have heard about.
I know how you feel. I had a Calico cat for ten years that ended up with cancer. I had no choice but to put him down. My Wife drove us to the clinic while I held him in my arms and hugged him the whole way there. I told him just how grateful I was to have had him as a pet and what he had meant to me and my family.
When we got to the clinic, I hugged him one more time, told him I loved him and gave him to my Wife to take inside.
It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, so I know what you are going through. You did the right and humane thing.
Four years ago we had to put down our Jonathan. He was a big beautiful Norwegian Forest cat. He was such a sweet loving guy.
He started to bleed from the bowel. We did all we could, but he was so sick and had wasted.
I still cry for him, but we did the right thing.
Okay, now I am crying. So I know how you feel.
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I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I had to put my favorite cat to sleep 3 years ago, and I still miss the little guy. Rest assured you did the right thing. She isn’t suffering anymore.
Cat lovers (and dog lovers) know when it is time. I had to put down two cats (Simon and Samantha) in a span of 10 months and they were two of the toughest days of my life.
I saw it in their eyes and I knew it - down to the hour - when I had to make that trip to the vet.
I’ll never forget Simon and Samantha, but I know that I did all I could and have no regrets. They made my life better and I did all I could to make their’s better as well. It is a partnership.
I now have two cats that I love like there is no tomorrow. Canoe and Lilly. The cycle starts all over again.
When my cat goes, I’ve decided to give him a full-on Viking funeral. I’ll put his body on a wooden palette, soak it in diesel, strike a match and send it floating in the L.A. Harbor. I’ll probably get arrested for it.
She asked if I wanted to be in the room while they put 101 down.
They brought in a blanket and 101 laid down, me right next to him.
I talked with him the whole time, the sedative made him sleepy and he just put his head on my knee.
After it was over the vet told me I could remain in the room as long as I needed.
Several days later I got a sympathy card from the vet and the staff.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I had to do the same thing with my beloved kitty 2 years ago. It was, by far, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I still miss him so much. I’m sure you did the right thing. It’s obvious you loved your cat very much.
I am so sorry for your loss and share it with you. I had to put my precious cat down four days ago. He, too, had gotten so sick and was actively dying. But my guilt is compounded by the fact that I couldn’t go with my husband to the vet because I was so upset I could barely breathe. I wasn’t there for the little guy when he took his last breath. Oh, I hope he forgives me for that.
We all go through it.
Don't even feel as though you betrayed the pro-life cause. The big difference is that your cat is still an animal. We love our pets, but we've got to remember the distinction between human and animals. Unfortunately in this day and age the distinction is too often blurred.
God Bless, and hang in there.
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That is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. My heart goes out to you.
The fact that you are having those feelings indicates how much you loved your pet.
I did the same thing. I was just in such pain.
I’m so sorry about your little furbaby. He/She was much loved, but I believe that when we get to Heaven, God will give our little furbabies back to us. Sometimes doing the hardest thing shows the most love for our pets.
My kitty baby is very sick right now and I dread that final day. Take heart...you will always love her and she knows you loved her. Read the Rainbow Bridge poem, it’s touching and so beautiful.
Take care. MMJ
Your friend was very much alive. Life is not chemicals and molecules, life is a dimension more which uses molecules and chemicals. Life is not stuck in the time frame we counts. Your little friend was alive and will always be alive. But your friend is no longer using the chemicals and molecules to express its self. And be assured, each of our beloved friends is a self and God gives the self and the self does not persih when the body stops. Sorrow not even as them who have no hope, for we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The Lord the giver of LIFE doesn't waste that which has love and is loved.
Animals are not afraid of death. But they are usually afraid of pain. Think about that when you start thinking you did wrong to your pet.
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