We are sorry you have found yourself in the position where you are considering euthanasia for your beloved cat.
Together with you, our hospice vets will make sure these last moments are the best they can be by taking into consideration all aspects of your cat’s personality and their condition. If you are at a stage where you need support with the process of decision making, please reach out to us. We also have the following information which can offer guidance and support;
What does a visit for a cat euthanasia at home involve?
Every bond is different so please be as open and upfront as you want to be about your wishes. We know this is a difficult time, and we are here to help and support. Below is a guide to what happens when we visit:
When you book your visit, we send you relevant information to your email address. Please read it carefully and ask us any questions you might have. The vet will let you know when they are on the way to you and arrive in a car or a van (some with a discrete logo) and will wear branded clothing.
Within your booking information link is a pdf file called door sign. This allows you to print and attach the do not disturb on your own porch.
Please don’t move your cat on our behalf, we will go wherever we need to go to keep them comfortable and in familiar surroundings. We do advise to keep doors and windows closed as some cats who are in the last phase of life can feel the need to hide away in the bushes which might prevent them getting the care they need whilst suffering.
The vet will go through the procedure with you and answer any questions you might have. Your input is vital because you know your cat best. Your knowledge will help in making things as peaceful as possible for everyone involved.
When all questions are answered and a plan is made, the vet will start with sedating your cat, to make them sleepy and comfortable. This will provide relief to a cat that may be having some pain and ensure your cat will pass as peaceful as possible.
When the vet has established your cat is in deep sedation, they will check in with you whether you feel ready or whether you would like a bit longer alone with your cat whilst he/she is at peace.
If you are comfortable the vet will continue with the euthanasia injection. Your cat might have a tremble or a last breath at the time of passing.
With monitoring your cat’s heart, the vet will confirm the passing and again ask you if you would like some privacy with your beloved cat.
At the end of the euthanasia visit, your hospice vet can either transport your pet away for cremation or assist you in arranging a collection by crematorium staff directly. Our vets can help you decide on the best aftercare options for your situation. We would encourage and help you to consider your preferences regarding cremation or burial in advance if possible. The decision-making can feel overwhelming when you are already grieving. Please read more information about aftercare here.