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Jackson Galaxy provides advice on when to euthanize your cat — 11 Comments

  1. Letting go of my beloved ‘Storm’ on the 10th of this month had my body racking with sobs…1. because even though she couldnt breathe very good and was sneezing consistently she was still eating.2. even though she was terminal with nasal cancer watching her go down my stairs from my bedroom she was fast and never stumbled and because of that I questioned myself,did I do the right thing even though she didnt act like she was in pain,she resisted the sedative as they tried to shave the fur off her leg where they would insert the needle to for her final injection,to day I still question myself and I’m reaffirmed by many that I did do the right thing so and even though deep down I did do right by her it’s the memory that keeps me doubting myself,the photo is her moments after I said my final goodbye and ye can see the cancer mass on the right side of her face,I hate cancer,it stole my baby from me,oh gawd I’m sobbing again.

  2. Better three days early than even three minutes too late.

    Humaneness often requires humans to put their ego in a locked cupboard, a big shame for many cats that many humans are incapable of doing that.

    • A nice saying that Jane: Better three days early than even three minutes too late. My first time I was late but I was unable to make a good judgment. I am better now.

  3. Michael, I don’t know about you, but believe in Life after Death. This is why I am so distraught that Shrimptaro, my Shrimp, did not have meby his side. We were solid company by each other’s side for do many years.

  4. Well, it must be “fun” to be you. My best friend Shrimp was “euthanized,” or so I can only imagine, by a veterinarian who only charged me thirty [30] dollars for a tooth cleaning. My best friend recommended her. My usual veterinarian, Dr. Becky Arnold, here in Lincoln, Nebraska, charges way more than I could afford for Shrimptaro. $600. It’s just a number to me now.

    • Dr. Becky Dillon said that Shrimp died of a “heartache.”. Dr. Dillon had every opportunity to call, before she chose to put my Shrimp Ina state of death. I was not able to be with him, so that he and I could look into each other’s eyes. . Thanks’f or allowing me to say this, Michael.

  5. In many us states individual is where the animals are arranged in a grid in the oven with a chart marking each pet. sometimes fire bricks are put between them. If you want a true individual cremation it is also called a witnessed cremation and most places offer that service and so do some human funeral homes now. Be prepared when the oven opens. It’s not a pile of ashes but large pieces of ash that looked very much like Kitten. When he touched them it collapsed it was highly emotional. Make sure to get paw prints in the clay and on paper and they are happy to get you come fur. I advise anyone to get all the keepsakes as you can’t go back and decide to later.

    • Thanks ME. I did individual cremations but I did not see the ashes removed from the oven but I witnessed my cat being placed in it. It is very tough. These memories never leave me and are as sharp today as if it happened yesterday.

      • It was beyond difficult and my husband was not even able to make it to the car to accompany me. I have no regrets. It was a final act of respect. These are difficult days we are at the three year mark of her murder per DVM. The only thing that could have made it worse was losing her remains. I believe you posted a article about a pet cemetery losing it’s lease. While it’s big business both burial and cremation of your pets are largely unregulated as long as the unclaimed ashes are disposed of correctly. If you want to know that what you get back are your animals remains the only real option is to be there. I was allowed to witness the whole process from the time she was put our for my goodbye until her ashes were put in the urn.

  6. I suggest that you discuss with your SO or your own reflection how you want to handle this when the time comes.
    We treated Kitten like she was just at a visit to the doctor and no one got emotional or cried. Until after. The last thing you want to do is make them afraid or more afraid with your behavior. It also could mean an adrenaline rush making the animal harder to just hold and comfort. It’s 100% about them not you.

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