Should I put my cat to sleep?
my cat is approx 17 years old, she is tortishelle in colour, despite her deafness which she has had from kittenhood she has managed to have a long healthy and happy life.
Recently her eyes have become clouded over and we feel her sight has deteriorated as she is constantly bumping into things, she has also started walking round in circles constantly over the past couple of months.She has also began to howl loudly on occassions, she sleeps most of the day (enjoys the sunshine --now from a cushion in the front room window) my husband has suggested we get her put to sleep as her quality of life is poor, i`m not convinced, what do you think?if i felt she was suffering i would not hesitate,but i`m not sure.
Answer from Kate
All the things you have described from the howling and the walking around in circles etc are all signs of old age and are common symptoms. Please see my page here about senior cat problems.
However making the decision about your cats quality of life is something only you as their friend and owner can tell. However this is my opinion. i have always said that as long as my cat is not in pain, can eat and drink and can still enjoy a tickle i would not put them to sleep. once those things change then thats the time to consider helping them. Also having a good vet who will give you an honest opinion on the cats health is always a god send too. My vet has helped me in the past to make the decision when the time came.
however from you cats situation as I say only you can make the final decision, never an easy one, but you will know when the time is right.
I have another page about cat euthanasia which you may also find of further interest here.
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