When to decide to euthanise a pet is one of the hardest and heartbreaking questions pet parents will face. But it's not a decision that you have to make alone. In fact, it's one of the most common questions we help our clients to answer. If you are struggling with choosing when to put your cat down then we hope this page will help you to make a decision.
Roundwood Pet Hospice are here to help make sure that your pet’s final days are lived well, and when the time comes to say goodbye, your cat enjoys a loving and painless transition into death.
Nothing completely removes the pain of saying goodbye but there is much we can do to make sure your cat can live well, right up to the end. Your cherished memories can be preserved knowing you made the right decisions at the right time.
If you would like to speak with one of our specially trained hospice team then please call us or complete an appointment request form today.
How will I know when it's the right time to put my cat down?
Three signs that the time to say goodbye is close at hand
Is my cat eating well?
As cats age and approach the end, they may reduce their food intake or skip a meal. If this pattern is increasing and becomes a frequent occurrence then it can be a sign of pain and nausea.
So if your cat is having many days where he is off his food, then it's certainly time to get some advice. It's also a great idea to keep a diary of your cat's eating and drinking habits - simply adding a green tick or red cross on days where he eats or skips a meal can helps to keep track as the days and weeks slide by.
Has my cat's behaviour changed?
Look for signs of a change of attitude or mood with your cat. Does your cat still regularly groom his fur? Does he walk his regular route around the house or garden?
If your cat seems confused, wanders, or gets very vocal at night, then he may be struggling with a version of cat dementia.
It's important to keep a record of these behaviours - no matter how small a detail - and let us know.
Is my cat able to move to eat, play and poop?
Mobility issues are one of the biggest challenges cats (and their owners) face as they age. Is your cat showing signs of stiffness or struggling to get onto surfaces as well as before? Are they more anxious or aggressive than usual and don’t want to be handled or bothered? You may find that your cat, who was house trained, is now pooping or peeing outside the litter box, or ever going in odd places around the home.
Cats will often hide themselves away when in pain or discomfort.
Booking an appointment
Whether you are a pet owner looking for some reassurance or advice, or a vet looking to refer a client to our service, the first port of call is to get in touch. You can do that by calling us directly or by using our booking form. Simply click either button below to call a Care Coordinator or complete the booking request form. One of our friendly team will be available to take your call or respond to your request when made during our regular opening hours. (If you complete the form, we will call you back within 30 minutes when we are open or within 30 minutes when we re-open the following day.)
"I have only just now sown the forget-me-nots you very kindly gave after you were so kind in helping poor, elderly Stephen at his end. I started planting the terrace here at the beginning of lockdown, and now Stephen’s seeds will flower under a gorgeous fig that has been growing all spring and summer. My real thanks goes to you and the team in walking me through Stephen’s last months. You all made a very difficult time very much easier. I have rarely come across so much compassion and understanding. I have recommended you and the team to every pet owner I know. Very many thanks again."
- Horatia, London