We just PTS one of our geriatric cats on Monday. I had a little stash of torb-val syrup on hand and gave that to her Sunday and Monday morning. She had been in renal failure for more than a year but somewhere between Friday night and Saturday morning it looks like she had a stroke. It looked like she was paralyzed on one side of her body. On Saturday she was still drinking water but not eating, on Sunday she did not want water either.
I was surprised she was still with us Monday morning, actually raising her head when I came to check on her. She was still present in her body but just barely. I'm sure that it was time to help her to the bridge. I have no idea how stressful a "natural" death might have been for her. We almost PTS last fall but then some antibiotics and fluids rallied her and she had 6 or 8 really good months, frail though she was. Last fall would have been much too soon but I worry that Sunday would have been better than Monday to PTS. It was a matter of vet availability and cost. Hate it when decisions have to be made on that basis. --- On Thu, 8/13/09, MaryChristine <twelvehousec...@gmail.com> wrote: > From: MaryChristine <twelvehousec...@gmail.com> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Difficult decision > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 5:01 PM > i don't know about klonopin, but i DO > know that valium can have a > paradoxical effect in cats, and make them very agitated, > which is clearly > NOT the intended effect. i've worried about that ever since > i heard a number > of folks, including vets, mention it..... > > i would think, tho, that if you've got a good relationship > with your vet, > and a cat near time, they might be willing to prescribe > something to help? > > in my experience, and i hope this doesn't sound too scary > or morbid, when > they reach the point of having trouble breathing, they > don't really seem to > be "there" any longer. it's as if they have already left, > their spirits, as > least, and all that's left is their no-longer-needed body. > i find that i can > really tell when "they" are not present, and have gone > on--i always tell > them about the wonderful cloak room at the bridge where > they get to pick out > a brand-new body, in whatever color or breed or pattern > they'd like, that > they don't need to worry about leaving the old body behind, > that it served > them well, but there's a new, healthy one waiting... i see > the last shudders > and gasps as just the last wisps of their souls slipping > out of the dwelling > that's no longer necessary for that part of their journey, > not as something > they are consciously suffering through. > > -- > Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors! > Maybe That'll Make The Difference.... > > MaryChristine > Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue > (www.purebredcats.org) > Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team) > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org