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Buster
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posted 09-28-2003 08:28 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Our 17 year old Siamese is on his last legs. Lost a lot of weight, not eating last 3 days, little water or milk. He does not seem in pain, he pures when we pet him. He is a great cat, and is very close to my 10 year opld daughter. How can we make him more comfortable? Any food we can feed him that he might eat. Vet says he's just getting old, and we understand. Should we put him to sleep. We prefer not to, as long as he appears to be in no pain.

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Cat
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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 09-28-2003 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Putting a loved animal to sleep is a very personal decision. My only advice is to consider if your kitty is in any pain (which you said you don't think he is) when making your decision. If you decide to not put him to sleep then make him comfortable by giving him an overabundance of love and attention. Offer him his favourite foods or try soft foods like baby food or tuna.

My thoughts are with you, your kitty and your family.

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charmedagain
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posted 09-28-2003 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmedagain     Edit/Delete Message
hi i am sorry to hear about your situation i agree with cat everyone has there own way of deciding what is best for there cat, since your cat is not in pain like cat says try soft foods that will be easier to digest and light on his stomach if needed try giving him a few drops of water from a syringe or a eye dropper thats been sterilised in hot boiling water before using, this will just keep him hydrated, whatever you decide to do everyone on auspets thoughts are with you and your family xxxxxxxxxxx

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vanderlleef
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posted 09-28-2003 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanderlleef     Edit/Delete Message
Hi,
I am so sorry about your cat. I had an elderly cat who lost her battle with cancer last year. I have a friend who is a vet tech, and she talked me into treating the cat (chemo) to see if she responded. She told me that my cat was doing ok (for a terminal cat) and that you can always tell when they just don't want to live anymore.

It was a hard road, helping her with her treatments and everything that followed, but she never appeared to be suffering, so I just couldn't put her to sleep. She grew weaker and weaker, and the last night she couldn't even stand anymore. She put her paw on my husband's nose, almost as if she was telling him it would be ok. I decided that I would bring her in the next day.

She slept on my stomach all night, and in the morning, she struggled with all her energy to get off me so she wouldn't pee on me (she could only make it to the edge of the bed, though). And then she started coughing. I picked her up and ran to the car to bring her in right there. I couldn't see her suffer. But she died in my arms. My friend was right, I knew when it was time.

I am so sorry for this hard decision that you have to make. I'm sure you'll make the right one for her. I wish you both well.

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Daisy'smom
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From:Hanford, CA USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 09-29-2003 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daisy'smom     Edit/Delete Message
Cats also purr when they are in pain, just so you know. (sorry) You could try chicken broth or juice from the tuna can. I just lost my 16 yr old baby last week, I am very sorry for what you have to go through. It is so hard, I put off putting my baby to sleep and I feel bad for it now. She was in pain in the end, and had a major seizure. The doctor euthanized her, though she was already pretty much dead. I didn't want her to die like that, but hopefully your's will go peacefully.

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