|Purred: Fri Feb 20, '09 8:50pm PST |
|I think it depends on the condition the cat is in.
It's like a person. My step father was on his deathbed for months on end. His wife (not my mother; he and my mother were divorced) was told that even if he did survive, he would never be able to do anything on his own again. Not even use the bathroom. He probably would've been in a lot of pain; emotionally and physically. And only emotionally if his mind ever recovered enough to realize what was going on. She didn't want him to live like that; none of us did; so, she had them pull the plug. After all, why would anyone wanna live like that when they're only in their 30's? If I had to live like that, I'd want the plug pulled on me.
It's a matter of knowing when to "pull the plug", however. Some people jump on the "Put the cat/dog to sleep!" wagon when the cat or dog is simply old and not in any kind of pain yet. For example, Chance (my dog) is aging. He's going deaf, showing signs of going slightly blind, he has arthritis... however, other than that, he's not in anything that I would call pain. His arthritis bugs him in the morning... but, so does my moms... I'm not gonna put her to sleep, right? He can't hear when I call him for dinner... but, my mom can't hear when I call her for help. I'm not gonna put her down, right? Yet, still, someone on Dogster suggested I put him to sleep. I was appalled. He's not as sick as a dog or cat SHOULD be when they get put down.
To me, putting a pet to sleep should be something that you just KNOW you have to do. If the pet is ready to go and can't go naturally... you'll know. He'll let you know. I don't think you should do it just because your cat or dog is getting old, however.
Your grandparents or parents are getting old... are you gonna put them to sleep just because they can't hear like they used to?
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