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I am very sorry for this difficult time you are experiencing. I think you have stated the most important aspect of making this decision - and the one thing I always tell my clients to consider - and that is the pets quality of life. Their quality of life is what it's all about. This can be hard for us because we want to go with our heart and not our mind but we must do what is right for our pets. And when it comes to decisions such as this, the quality of life is the key to the answer.
I would also ask - what are her treatment options? Will they enhance her quality of life? Will the treatment relieve her of pain or discomfort she may have? If so, you may have other options
She has lived many years and I'm sure she has fulfilled your life with companionship and love. She has given you love and memories that will never die - they will forever be with you.
If you chose to humanely euthanize her, today is not going to be easy - and tomorrow will be even harder - I won't try and convince you it won't be. The day will come sooner or later - and what you will have to endure will not change.
I pray you maintain the strength, courage and faith that is needed during this time. I'm here for you if you need to discuss further....
No one can tell you if you are making the right decision - that is for you to decide. However I have done the same - asking people their opinion. I think it is a way for us to justify what we already know or hope someone has a treatment or cure not yet explored.
It's times like you witnessed last night - KC acting better - that only adds to the difficulty. But as you said, is this only temporary and your description of 'lonely and lost' tells me you are seeing the whole picture.
If your daughter is younger and/or you need help discussing this with her, I recommend websites: http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/grief-children.html
That's right - at the rainbow bridge, http://rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm there is nothing but joy and health.
If you decide to go ahead with this, hang on to your faith. Don't be afraid to grieve or show your emotions. They are 'kids in fur' and their loss is real. Reach out if you must. And be with her when it's time - allow her to be with those that love her so much so she finds comfort and peace - and trust.
I don't know how much you know about the procedure and I think it is best to know before hand. Most veterinarians will give a sedative before the final injection is given. Ask if this is done, and if not, feel free to request sedation. She will be relaxed - and this will help not only her but you also. For some people, this is also provides them with time to say their goodbyes. When you are ready, the injection is simply an overdose of barbituates - the injection is given into a vein and it will quickly stop the heart and breathing muscles. It is very fast. People are scared or have heard stories about the after effects once the injection is given. I have been in your position too many times than I care to remember (working in animal shelters/vet hospitals) and there is nothing to fear. You may hear a gasp or two of breath or sounds, but PLEASE know your pet is already passed, and these are only muscle spasms. The vet will dispose of the body unless you have plans for a burial or cremation. If so, bring along a blanket or something to carry her body back home. Or if you chose cremation, the veterinarian should be able to keep her until an outside crematory service stops by or the vet office may do this themselves.
I hope you don't mind the details - I only want to help and feel you will be better off knowing this information. I wish someone would have done so the first time I had to go through this. I think I was more afraid of the unknown than anything else!
I'm am deeply sorry for your cat's condition. My prayers and thoughts are with her, you and your family.
You may wish to review the following site which offers deeper, spiritual, insight addressing your concerns.....and a loving way to help your cat:
Click the link below:
Blessing The Bridge
My very best to you and your cat. I will say special prayers for your cat - My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Peace, Love & Happiness,
The Mystic Wave