How To Euthanize A Cat At Home | Mobile Services Or Other Options

I wish having to say a final goodbye to your pet wasn’t something we all have to go through at some point.

It’s painful.

The idea of having to part ways with the furry guy or gal is truly heartbreaking.

But what’s even worse is imagining how much your pet may be suffering during his or her final days. That’s one of the reasons why euthanizing a cat at home has grown popular over the past few years.

Kitty owners seem to prefer this method over euthanasia at the vet’s office and truth be told, there are some advantages to it.

Most cats don’t like car rides, whereas others even dread seeing the doctor.

And let’s face it, the last thing we want is to bring even more stress and pain in our pets’ last moments on this planet. Choosing to euthanize your cat at home is sometimes a more humane way of saying goodbye than visiting the veterinarian.

Should You Euthanize Your Cat At Home?

The first and most important question you should be asking yourself is not “how to do it”, but rather “are you ready to do it?”.

Are you willing to dwell in the same halls in which your kitty has passed away? Will you be able to live in the same house or apartment afterwards? Will the rest of the people residing in your household be up to the idea of euthanizing the cat at home? Or will this option bring only further grief?

If you’re absolutely positive this is the best decision, you should be aware that witnessing your pet pass away under your roof isn’t something you can un-see and forget.

How To Euthanize Your Cat At Home

There are two main ways to put your cat to sleep at home – either call a vet for mobile services or opt for an alternative “homemade” method. Needless to say, the safest and most humane option is the first one.

Mobile Services

Even if your own vet doesn’t offer mobile services for euthanizing pets, many other reputable veterinarians do. Calling for a mobile service basically means that the doc (and possibly their assistant) will come to your house or apartment and professionally euthanize your pet in the familiar home environment.

Vets bring all of the necessary medical equipment and they’ll help you with the documents and the transportation of the deceased animal’s body, regardless of whether you’ve chosen cremation or burial.

A mobile service appointment usually lasts for about half an hour or so. Similarly to euthanasia at the vet clinic, home appointments also require consent forms and other paperwork. Euthanizing your cat at home ensures you won’t have to deal with the consequences of the loss out in public. Meaning, you won’t have to drive back from the hospital (and potentially get into an accident) or grieve in front of other people.

On top of these advantages, you can be 100% sure that the procedure will be carried out professionally.

Euthanizing a cat at home is a bit more expensive than putting the kitty to sleep at the vet’s office. And some possible complications may occur (poor home lighting, an unstable home table for the procedure, etc. will be problematic), which is why some vets will be against your request for home appointments.

Other Alternatives

Due to the higher costs of mobile appointments and the unwillingness of some pet parents to trust a vet they haven’t known for years, some cat owners opt for alternative methods.

These methods include homemade substitutes to the euthanasia injection. The solution, which puts your kitty to sleep, isn’t sold in pet supply stores. You need to be a qualified professional in order to get it. As such, the alternative options are extremely risky and inhumane acts of putting a cat to sleep with things like gas, painkillers, an overdose of sleeping pills and so on.

Needless to say, all of these alternatives can go wrong. By not choosing the services of a professional, you’ll only increase your dying pet’s suffering instead of quickly putting it out of its misery.

I highly recommend you stick to professional mobile services instead of such homemade alternatives. Prepare your home and your relatives, make the kitty’s final days as comfortable and soothing as possible, and familiarize yourself with the vet who will be carrying out the procedure.

Additionally, you can opt out of putting your cat to sleep and simply allow it to pass away naturally. Even this option will be better than the dangerous and inhumane alternatives of trying to euthanize the poor furball on your own.

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Emily Parker

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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