|Purred: Thu Jan 12, '12 10:09pm PST |
|I believe the best thinking now advocates for the living cats to actually see the body AFTER he has been put down, not during, and this is one of the reasons many people choose at-home euthanasia. Certainly you can search online to see these findings. It gives them closure.
They already know that he is old, unhappy, and in pain. They want him to be relieved of it too. It is widely believed that they are not completely shocked at death, more curious than anything. Most people believe that it is more traumatic on the living cats when the sick cat is taken away and euthanized, because it just disappears. They wait, thinking it will be back, like usual. But your kitties will not think they are "next". Just love them as you are grieving. Animals accept death better than we do.
This is what I advocate, and I am a bereavement assistant for a vet. I lead people through the euthanasia process at the vet clinic once they have decided. In any case, the vet tech who does the procedure has done it before, probably many, many times, and will advise you further and lead you through it.
Stay calm, it will all be all right, and I will be purraying for your beloved baby.
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