Putting Your Pet to Sleep

Sleeping gray cat

What can I say about Leo, mi amore? He is the best bad cat ever. That’s not to be confused with the best cat ever. There is a very important distinction.

The best cat ever might not tip over their litter box, kick all the litter into the space between the washer and dryer, then crap in the empty box.

The best cat ever might not tear the shower caddy off the wall and eat ¾ of a bar of oatmeal soap and throw up bubbles for two days.

The best cat ever might not knock over a $30 canister of leg wax , step in it, become adhered to the carpet, and then howl like a crazy person at 4 o’clock in the morning, not because he is stuck, but because he was planning on getting stuck in the cords to the blinds like some horrifying cat-marionette and wasn’t planning on getting stuck to the carpet till next week.

But the best bad cat ever totally would.

Leo the cat
Leo, the best bad cat ever

Leo, the bunny king, the pleasure pig, the bad little cat man… he cracks me up every single day.

I say that Leo is the best bad cat ever because he is still alive in my heart. I should say that Leo was the best bad cat ever. He died this week.

My heart aches. My home feels strange and empty. I keep going to feed him and have to stifle calling for him. Creatures of habit and all…

I have to believe there is a lesson of great value to learn with all heartaches, with all pains. And as blurry-eyed, as I am, I want to do the most loving thing I can for you and yours. And for me, because I am really writing this one for myself.

I felt so guilty putting my beloved bad kitty down. There was the pressure from the vet and an entire lack of support to be found anywhere, not in real life, not online. So today, I wanted to give you something I didn’t get:

Today, I am giving you permission to put your pet to sleep.

Here are five obstacles you may be trying to overcome:

1. You can’t afford it

There is no guilt like the one that comes from not having the money to take care of something that you love. If you can not afford to provide your pet with a life-saving treatment, you can’t afford it. In a perfect world, we would all have unlimited resources but we don’t.

I always advocate adopting a shelter pet because you extend their life to more than what they would have had, and that is something you can feel good about long after they are gone.

2. You can afford it… technically

Strangely, this can be even more stressful. My close friends lost their cat about 6 months ago and seeing what they went through, and what they put their cat through because they could just barely afford treatment, was such a lesson.

Their 12-year-old cat, “Murphy,” had lost consciousness one morning and after a trip to the emergency vet and was diagnosed with a softball-sized tumor pressing on his lung.

The vet told them the cat had to go into surgery, which he had a sixty percent chance of surviving.

Four days of labored breathing later, Murphy underwent surgery. True to his namesake, everything that could go wrong went wrong. He suffered intense complications. Hours after the operation, the hospital informed my friends that he would have to undergo another surgery at an out of state facility the following week. He would need to be kept in the hospital until then.

One long car drive and two lethargic weeks later, Murphy was again found unconscious. My friends rushed him back to the vet and were informed that there had been complications from his second surgery and he would need to return to the out-of-state hospital. There, they discovered he would have to have another surgery.

In the end, Murphy underwent five surgeries, four out-of-state trips, and $18,000 in medical treatment. He spent the last six months of his life on the road,  in a cage, in the hospital. He was repeatedly stuck with needles, pumped full of IV fluids, catheterized, and put under anesthesia. He died the way he had lived the previous six months: painfully and in a strange place.

Just because you can afford it, doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it.

3. They would be in extended pain

Leo had oral cancer. I could have had all of his teeth and part of his jaw removed. I could have started him on chemo.

But Leo was a creature who lived in the moment. He was the ultimate hedonist of the animal kingdom. He couldn’t understand that a lot of pain and discomfort might make him live longer. He would only know that he was in pain. Would subjecting him to months of discomfort for a small chance at a slightly longer life really be for him, or would it be for me?

4. They are old

There is a huge societal pressure to keep our pets alive as long as possible. It is so easy to project our own fears of death, our own sense of what life means, and our own desires and goals onto our pets.

Leo was old and he wasn’t hanging in there waiting to see his grandchild being born. He wasn’t trying to finish that book he promised himself he would write.  Although I am sure if he were to write one, it would be a cookbook called The Delicacies of Crickets, Grasshoppers, and Large Pieces of Scrap Fabric.

He was a happy agent of chaos. He was a powerful, old beast and I couldn’t take that away from him. What I could do was not project my goals and desires onto him. He had a beautiful life filled with anarchy and it was over.

5. You can do right by them

We got him high on catnip and snuggled his beautiful, evil little face as the vet put him to sleep in the comfort of his own bed.

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Some might be horrified that we didn’t do everything in our power to prolong the life of our cat. But in my heart, I know I did right by him.

I wanted to give you the permission that I didn’t get.

I give you the permission to love your pets enough to put them to sleep.


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126 thoughts on “Putting Your Pet to Sleep

  1. I didn’t read the title right… and I’m just laughing at the shenanigans… then the whole he died thing hit me. I’m so, so sorry. I know if either of my kitties passed, I would be devastated for a long time. Huge hugs from afar!

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  2. Tears streaming down my face. It’s been a year and I still tear up every single time I think of my boy, Biscuit.
    You probably don’t want to read this now, but I talk about going through this same terrible, heart-breaking process in “The last fight”. Thank you for writing this. It really does feel like you are killing someone you love with all of your heart and soul. Of course we find excuses to put it off longer than we should. But the reality is, like most scenarios involving love, we are doing more harm by refusing to let go.
    My heart hurts for you. There is still a gaping hole in my life without him. I’ll be thinking of you and Leo, sending lots of love.
    The Last Fight: https://wordpress.com/post/nataliebreazeale.wordpress.com/1672

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so difficult and it’s a huge struggle when it comes to the choice of putting one down or prolonging their life. It’s our job as pet parents to do right by our furry loved ones, even when that means putting an end to their pain and letting them go with dignity. Thank you for this post. Again, so sorry you had to let go of your kitty.

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  4. You are the best person ever for writing this. I don’t have a cat because I go to play groups to be shunned and ignored but I actually teared up for your little monster here. All great points but number 2 is *extremely* on point. All the hugs to you, shooting a t shirt cannon full of scrap fabric up to kitty heaven and shutting in all the empty boxes for you my love ❤❤

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  5. I had Loki, she was my ‘naughty’ kitty and the best at it! Beautiful black coat with green eyes. She died within a week after she stopped eating, the hubby and I let her go at her own speed. My ‘fancy’ little dog Lilo was 12 and diagnosed with cancer, they wanted to take her entire right leg. I said no, she was ‘fancy’ and it would’ve crushed her spirit. When cancer got really bad, we put her to sleep, my husband held her and I placed my hand by her nose so she could smell me. Then she slept peacefully forever. I would like to give my permission too. Please let your animal live their life and make it joyful, safe, and warm. Then let them go when they need to. You will know when, they tell you. (Sorry for the ramble.) Be well Leo, you are free!~Kim

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  6. I personally think it’s a privilege to be able to put an end to your pet’s suffering. When I had my old cat put to sleep, I knew it wasn’t a day too soon or a day too late and was totally at peace with my decision. Didn’t make it any less fucking hard, but it made the grieving process easier. I’d also read the poem ‘A Pet’s Plea’ just before and it helped confirm I was doing the right thing. This is a beautiful post. What a lovely tribute to your Leo that you are passing forward your experience and advice. These pesky small animals leave such big holes in our lives when they’re gone. How marvellous you found each other, shared that life, and always smile at the thought of him whenever you see a bar of oatmeal soap 😉

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  7. You did the right thing, I grant you in return, in case you still need that. I am in complete lock-step with your decision and would make the same one every time (my wife lets me).

    We put our own cat down just a few weeks ago. She was the last of 4 we had since (about) 2001. She was sick and listless for the last few weeks, but she was tough and lingered on. It was heart-wrenching to see my wife say goodbye.

    I always tell her the same thing: we love these animals with all our hearts but we must know, when we get them, that we will outlast them. We must prepare ourselves for that. That isn’t easy.

    I am very sorry for your loss, DG, but very happy for the time you had with Leo. It sound like Leo was the feline version of my Ludo. Best bad animals ever. 🙂

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  8. Sending you hugs through the ether. What a wonderful very bad cat. A true companion and member of the family. I’m so sorry for your loss, but grateful that you got to spend so many years cleaning up after his misadventures.

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  9. Oh babe, SO sorry for your loss. You definitely did the right thing. I think it’s eminently sensible to measure quality of life. I think as responsible pet owners it’s the right thing to do. After my first cat died I found myself in the same situation, seeing him out of the corner of my eye or thinking he was sitting next to me. Generally with my two cats now, if it’s quiet they’re either asleep or up to something, so I’d call out occasionally. You don’t realise what a presence they have in your house til they’re gone. Hugs luv, really.

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  10. So sorry to hear about your loss. I know the pain of losing a pet or family pet, and it is always so hard as they are apart of the family and are very loved. It is never easy to make that decision, but I feel you made the right one. I agree that some people keep their pets alive for far too long in far worse circumatances. For them to live in pain, suffering for the last bit of their lives instead of letting them go peacefully after living a good life is because you can’t let go is very selfish. Humans have to come to accept as great as medical technology has been and sometimes yes we can prolong animal lives, humans will most likely always outlive their pets. For a dog to turn 12, that is considered a life span and that even depends. Most full breds life span is even less. It is not uncommon for a dog to have to be put down 9-10. Cats I am not as sure about but it is not as long as our now life spans. Some of that we can have humans to thank for and all our fucked up breeding for looks etc. In a way maybe it is even our fault. The whole pet thing I am so indifferent about, which is why I agree get a pet from a shelter. Like in Ontario Canada I know they are trying to hault the golden retriever breed because of how many problems it is now leading too. Dogs of this breed become very sick with allergies or hip problems at a very early age and it is all because they are over bred. Yay for humans. xD I agreed with all your points, just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you should do it. It is one thing to see if the first round of meds and surgery will truly help the animal recover to live a bit longer, it is different to put them through pain and agony and more rounds of treatments for your own self reasons as they suffer. Even humans are beginning to get rights and say in when we get to die and if we don’t want to suffer etc, (not entirely but some places are giving patients permission to sign off on their life etc) so why force animals to suffer?

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  11. Your sweet, villainous Leo thanks you for a peaceful end. I truly believe that putting our pets to sleep can often be the most loving thing that we can do for them. You’re so right that people often project their desires into the decision and that isn’t always beneficial for the pet. I’m sorry that you’re going through this rough time. I’m sending you my belated support.

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  12. I am so sorry. I have had to do this four times in my life and it has sucked every single time. You are 100% correct though, it’s the loving thing to do when it’s time. I believe when we put our babies to sleep we are actually setting them free to return to a blissful state of energy, youth and unlimited great health. He’ll be waiting to thank you one day. I love your writing and this blog is such an important one. ❤ Thank you!

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  13. So sorry for your loss. It’s so hard losing a pet, especially when you have to be the one to make that decision. I lost my cat, Nooch, back in November. He was old and was losing a battle with an upper respiratory infection. The decision to put him down was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. In the end, I know it was the right thing though. Your kitty will always be with you. He was lucky to have you. *hugs*

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  14. Thank you for this beautiful post, I am completely with you. I had to have my beautiful Alice put to sleep last September and it was so difficult.

    I knew in my heart that it was the right time and its what she would have wanted, but oh my gosh it was so hard to do it.

    I was lucky, she was 22 and had had an good and happy life. The circumstances at the vets meant that I hot time with her whilst I made my decision and then time with her after she had passed away. I didn’t want to leave her, it felt like she was all alone in the room and I just didn’t want to go.

    I worried about when her time came that I wouldn’t be as heartbroken as when my first cat passed, but oh my gosh my heart just broke into pieces.

    She was my beautiful naughty princess and I loved her so much.

    The universe kindly sent me 2 more cats a month later. I was afraid of getting cats again as I was afraid of the heartbreak. But they came bounding into my life and brought the love back in.

    Big hugs to you and your beautiful bad cat. He’s having a whale of a time over that rainbow Bridge.

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  15. I’m so sorry that you didn’t have support for this. I think you did the right thing, and it’s something I’ve had to do a few times myself over the last 30 years. It never gets easier, but you have to consider quality of life. You could have had the surgery, but Leo wouldn’t have understood why he was then in so much pain, and probably not able to eat. Sending you hugs and condolences.

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  16. I gave fish tank with more than 50 small fish. Unfortunately, too many had frozen dead when we were away for a few days.
    People tell me “it are only fish, stop complaining””.
    To me they are more than that and i am sad!
    I am sorry to hear about Leo ☹️

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  17. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve lost several dogs and a cat growing up, and my parents never opted for expensive treatments to prolong a long life. They said exactly what you said, we make decisions based on what’s best for our pets, not for our own feelings. Every pet owner needs to hear it and take it to heart. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy.

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  18. Well now I’m crying. Thank you for writing this post. I cannot tell you how much it means to me and how much I relate. About 5 years ago, while going through a terrible and violent breakup, I left my cat at my house with my ex until I found a place to live, and she got attacked by his dog. I rushed into the ER and was faced with the most difficult decision I had ever had to make.

    The dog had bit her in multiple places that attacked her spine. She would need multiple spine surgeries with a 10percent chance of success. Most likely she would have to have to drag herself around with her back legs on rollers for the rest of her life, IF she survived. Minimum cost was $10,000. She was only TWO years old.

    I blamed myself. If only I hadn’t put my own safety first and left her at the house. She’d be ok. I couldn’t afford $10,000 but then my sister offered to give me the money. Still, it just didn’t feel right. My cat, Cece was a rescue and she had been abused and was already terrified of EVERYTHING. She seriously only liked me. So to force this little kitty to have a miserable life of being paralyzed and scared just did not seem right. And when I was in the room putting her down I almost couldn’t bare it. She looked at me. And I felt I had failed her.

    It’s taken me a very long time to move past that. I can’t even say I’m over it cuz here I am balling right at this moment. But I know without a doubt that I made the right decision. To force an animal to go through that just so I don’t feel guilty isn’t cool. They are meant to run and jump and play.

    And in the end it wasn’t my fault. Life happens whether it’s an accident or a tumor. And we just need to do what’s best for our furry friends.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Leo sounds freaking awesome!! I know it will take some time but I know in time you’ll love again. I have my little Logan now abd cherish the shit out of him. And, besides, now Cece and Leo are playing in the big sandbox of catnip in the sky.

    All my love to you, girl. 😘😘😘😘

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  19. I’m so sorry. We had to put down our rescue dog, Tiger, back in November. We only had him a few months but everyone loved him. He had a tumor on his leg that ruptured. The decision is so hard. 💔💔💔

    Tiger was the best dog ever.

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  20. First off I’m sorry for the lost of your fur baby. I put my cat down back in December, he was 14 and I had him since he was a kitten, so I totally understand how hard it is. Im surprised by your lack of support. When my cat got really sick my vet was amazing saying I understand if you can’t do further testing to understand what is truly going on. She told me she knows he had a good life. I couldn’t afford to do more and at 14 it didn’t make sense to do more. I thought this was just a normal thing that vets were honest and supportive like my friends and family. I’m so sorry you had a different experience where you felt you weren’t supported. In the end all that matters is there life. And if he wasn’t happy anymore or was sick that’s all you can do. Is love him as much as he loved you and make the best decision you can! Hugs

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  21. And I’m tearing… For you, for Leo, for me, for my Britty. I had to make that call 12 years ago, it still tugs on my heart. Mostly because he was my best friend and I miss him. A friend at the time pretty much said what you did and it was the right decision, but it’s so damn hard to say it’s okay to end the life of your best friend. Sending you hugs ❤️

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  22. I’m sorry this happened but you are right, it is in your pet’s best interest. We had to put my dog down suddenly when I was in college. His heart was failing causing his lungs to fill with fluid. All he cared about was that we were all there with him. His tail wagged until he died.

    Sometimes all you can do for them is to be there in the end.

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  23. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious cat. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet. They really are a huge part of the family. We lost one of our cats to cancer a few years ago. It was horrible, but I tried so hard to keep her comfortable. The day before her appointment to be put to sleep, she passed away peacefully at home. But the night before her passing was so sad. She kept crying with pain and I would comfort her the best I could. I remember kneeling down beside her begging for her to just be taken so she wouldn’t suffer anymore. That was the first prayer ever that was answered. We were selfish by not putting her to sleep long before she died. I know it’s hard but I do wish you healing from your loss.

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  24. I’m so sorry….please know I would hug you as long as you want if I could. (….and reading that, allow me to make it clear I’m not some internet creeping weirdo)
    We lost our Dera dog in 2014. I was a 3 day thing, but in the end she went so quickly as soon as the vet pushed the meds we knew it was the right choice. but I miss her all the time and I kept her ashes for when I’m ready to plant a tree.
    Our fur babies are family too. You have my deepest sympathies.

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  25. Fuck! Sorry! so very sorry! I hope you believe all of the words you have written because they are true! I don’t know if you’re into the whole tattoo thing ( I’m kind of a junkie) there are places that will tattoo his ashes into a print of his paw…again this doesn’t fix it, and I’m really really sorry. HUGS!!!!

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  26. This is such a wonderful post. My dog, Rosa, is only 3 years old, but I cannot even think of her getting old and dying. I would, however, prefer to live without her than watching her suffer at all so I definitely agree with you. I’m sorry about your kitty 😔❤️

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  27. What a truly beautiful, yet heartbreaking, post. Like one of the other commenters, I was laughing at his antics and then nearly burst into tears when I read Leo was gone. You have expressed so much of what I feel in this post. I have a dog and three cats that I adore. I recently spent about two grand to have my Sid’s surgery. But it wasn’t anything like cancer. It was one surgery and now he’s good to go for life. I don’t know what I would do without the four of them. And I do not look forward to when the time comes. It’ll be easier, now though, because I’ll never forget this post.

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  28. So sorry you had to put your kitty to sleep. 😢 I had to do the same for my dog and several years since then I still feel guilty for letting him go. I was in the situation of technically being able to afford the meds needed to continue managing his condition but I did not feel fully equipped to do it for the rest of his natural life without getting incredibly stressed about it on a daily basis. Having had to make that choice to end his life when I could have kept him alive, the lingering sadness from that is why I kind of made a silent vow to myself to never have a four legged friend again.

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    1. Nat, I was going to put this in the post actually. I wanted to say that providing around the clock medical care for an animal may not be something you can or want to do, and that’s ok

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      1. You’re right, the burden of that was not something I could handle. Even if I didn’t still feel bad about the choice I made, it does make me think twice about if I hypothetically had another pet and if I would be mature and responsible enough to not only provide a fulfilling life for the animal but also make a tough call if it ever came to that.

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  29. so sorry for your loss. we put down one of my childhood cats when he was very sick and it was such a hard thing to do but sometimes is the best thing to do. losing a fur baby is the worst. lots of good memories stay with you though, and knowing that you gave them a wonderful life brings a lot of comfort.

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  30. Another amazing post and also timely since my sister just had her cat put down, too. I am very sorry for your loss, but encouraged to learn we share the same philosophy. I had a friend say to me, “When your dear pet, your family member can no longer enjoy the quality of life they deserve, they look to you to make the tough decision.” So true. Brilliant piece. Leo would be so happy he’d tangle himself in your toilet paper then jump in the full tub and wonder why the paper wouldn’t come off and shake it all over the house. Love this cat. Through you.

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    1. Thank you honey. I have always thought people should be able to have assisted suicide when they are in pain and dying, after this week, I am sure of it


  31. Had to do that last February, he was 11 and the best male cat I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Still I do not feel guilty, the vet told me “today or tomorrow, not at the end of the week” – so it was kind of urgent to relieve him of the pain.
    It IS the right thing to do, even if it feels wrong and hurts.

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      1. Well, I have already had a year to get used to an appartment without my black and white friend. His little dark tortoise companion is still around, which lessens the blow a bit.
        Your pain is far more acute and I know exactly how you feel …

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  32. I am so sorry for your loss. Leo sounds like he was quite the character, and it’s clear he lived a great life.

    I’ve had to put down a few pets in my day… including a young pet rat. As much as I know it was always the best thing to do, it was heart-wrenching. My condolences.

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  33. I am a huge advocate for euthanasia, when it comes to illness we treat our animals with more care and compassion than we do our humans. Nobody should have to suffer the pain and often humiliation that comes with illness. So kudos to you for making a choice that was right for Leo.
    We sometimes keep our pets alive thinking it is the right thing to do but honestly right for who? The pet is in pain, suffering and there is no longer any quality of life and in these circumstances the beloved pet is being kept alive for the owner, not the pet….It is a selfish trait that many do not recognize…
    I am so sorry for your loss, it hurts to lose a pet, sadly the loss of my Bella was so intense I cannot bring myself to have another pet again.

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    1. “when it comes to illness we treat our animals with more care and compassion than we do our humans. Nobody should have to suffer the pain and often humiliation that comes with illness. So kudos to you for making a choice that was right for Leo.” Couldn’t agree with you more! When my friend had to make the decision for her dog we had this exact conversation.

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  34. I am so very sorry for your loss. I was unable to read all of the comments because it was just too sad to bear, but I want to say to all the commenters, I’m sorry for your loss, too. ❤ I know this feeling of losing a beloved pet, the agony of having to make that decision, and the guilt that plagues a person's thoughts for days, if not weeks, afterward. I lost my best cat friend Fuzz last February. He was 18 1/2 years old. He had kidney disease and then he got hit with a respiratory virus that just kicked his ass and he was just too weak to fight. That was a tough decision for me to make. Then this January, my Korn, was miserable also with kidney disease. I just couldn't bear to watch him go downhill any further. He was 15 1/2 years old. I have one more 15 1/2 year old and I will sadly have to make that decision for her soon. It's not time yet, but I do not look forward to that heartbreak either. Thank you so very much for this post. You made the best arguments for euthanasia, and it helped me know that what I did was the best thing for my furbabies. Again, so sorry for your loss. ❤ Hugs.

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  35. In my life, I have had to put down 3 dear cats. One, with feline leukemia before the vaccine when I was like 12, one in college, who amazingly had heartworms (they only see like 5 cases a year), and one just after my husband and I married who had polycystic kidney disease. Only with the last one did I feel like there was any care for her dying. A lot of times it is very robotic. With terminal diseases, you know the time will come, yet when it actually comes, there usually isn’t much comfort, which is sad, because they should leave their life the way they lived it – full of love. I too have an awesome bad cat now, Jim, who likes to play with toddler toys that make noise at 3am (especially the Leap Frog ones that all sing), and then walk up the middle of your body, strategically stepping in the bladder area so you’ll get up and go to the bathroom, and maybe play with him. I get him off of the counters more times per day, and off of the toddler’s high chair more times per day, than I prefer to count, but somehow these creatures push their way into our hearts, no matter how bad or mischievous they are. I am truly sorry for your loss of Leo. My heart goes out to you.

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  36. As the Queen (Elizabeth II) said, grief is the price we pay for love. Better our grief than our pets’ suffering because we can’t bring ourselves to let them go.
    I have tried to make it easier for my future self by setting a bar for how much we’ll spend on treatment for our cats before making the decision to put them to sleep. Part of what makes that decision easier is knowing that there are humans in this world who don’t get the quality of health-care which is available to animals in countries like mine.
    So instead of stretching my cat’s life out through pain and suffering, I will let them go and make a donation to a charity that provides health-care for humans. It’s never a painless decision, but the sting is eased by knowing it’s the right decision.
    I wish you all the best for a healthy grieving process.

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  37. Big hugs to you…. It’s never easy, even when you know it’s the right thing. I remember my dad taking our dogs to the vet to have them put to sleep when I was university. They were 3 of the 5 reason you listed here. It was a sad few days without them. Leo will live on in your thoughts and memories…

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  38. I would like to add my condolences to you. As others have said, I’ve had to do this as well and I worked as a vet tech for years and helped others do this. It is true care and compassion and I agree with another commenter that often our pets are luckier than we are, as they can die with dignity and care. Thanks for sharing this with your pet loving readers.

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