Making a decision about whether or when the time is right for euthanasia is one of the hardest things a cat guardian will ever go through. Unlike human medicine, veterinary medicine is fortunate to be able to legally offer the option of gently ending suffering when there seems to be no hope for recovery. However, making this decision for a beloved cat can be agonizing.
There are so many factors that come into play: quality of life, fear of losing a beloved cat, a cat guardian’s prior experience with illness and death, be it of a pet or human. In a recent article on Answers.com, I tried to provide some guidelines to help cat guardians make this difficult decision.
Have you had to make the euthanasia decision? What has helped you during the decision process?