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Donating your cat’s body to science — 9 Comments

  1. My cat is terminally ill. I may have him euthanized tomorrow if he makes it through the night. The vet thinks he either has cancer or FI? . It just occured to me today that perhaps his body could be helpful for studying his disease, or whatever. I will ask the vet about this.

  2. As much as I love all cats I couldn’t bear the thought of donating our cats bodies to science, they aren’t able to give their consent to this like a person is, so it would feel wrong.
    I remember many years ago one of our late mother’s cats went in for x rays under anaesthetic as she was having fits, they found an inoperable brain tumour and phoned to say should they put her to sleep without waking her up.
    Our poor mother had the horrors thinking they might use her cat while alive instead, in an experiment, so Babz and I went to collect her body and we buried her at home. Maybe this stuck in my mind. I would say to anyone donating their cat’s body, make sure he/she was dead first!
    We don’t believe in hanging on to the ashes either, they are not ours to keep. Our late cats ashes are scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the Pet Crematorium as are our human loved ones ashes in the People’s garden of Remembrance.
    We can think of them as free, not trapped in an urn and we will be scattered and fly free also, both of us and Walt and Jo too when our turns come.

      • Anthropomorphizing or not, it’s still not right. Yes we have to consent on their behalf for things for their own good and I don’t even like doing that. It feels wrong to have the power over another living creature and be able to make decisions for them, whether good or bad. Look at declawing, no cat would consent to that. I don’t suppose they would consent to neutering either come to that. We have taken them from their wild independent lives and forced our will on them, they are no longer free spirits and that makes me sad and there’s nothing I can do about it except do my best to help all cats in any way I can.

  3. Ofcourse, I would donate if it would help save other cats.
    I know that it is a sensitive subject for many who feel that their cat’s body would be mishandled.
    I have witnessed many human autopsies where donor organs were procured. The bodies were always treated with respect.
    As hard as it may seem to accept, our beloved cats no longer reside in their bodies.
    They have gone “beyond”.
    That’s one of the reasons that I will never understand why people would keep body ashes of their cats. They’re not there. I don’t understand the thinking. Maybe, it’s just wishful…

    • I totally agree with you and your response is pragmatic and sensible. I just have this emotional illogicality associated with the process. The same happens with the ashes. I like to have them with me. They’re in living room in a casket.

      • If I was assured that my cat’s body would be used to further research into the specific cause of their death from say cancer or kidney disease, then I would have no qualms about donating their body. Perhaps that’s because I wouldn’t object to my body being used by medical science after my death.

        Dee, I feel the same way as you. For me once we’re dead our bodies are just empty vessels. The real “essence” of who we were lives on in the hearts and memories of those who loved us. The same goes for my cats.

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