Euthanasia is the act of inducing a quick, painless death for an animal that is suffering from an incurable or untreatable condition. Many pet owners who are faced with such a situation may be curious about how much it would cost to euthanize a cat.
How much does it cost to euthanize a cat?
Cat euthanasia at the vet costs between $150 and $300. This can vary depending on the weight of your cat, as well as its location.
Good options for euthanasia include having the veterinarian come to your home or taking your cat to a mobile vet clinic.
You can have an in-home euthanasia performed when you don’t want your cat to have to endure the stress of traveling to an office. You can also have this done if your cat is very ill and getting it into a carrier would be too much for it.
This procedure involves the vet coming to you with sufficient equipment and supplies to perform the euthanasia. The cost is typically between $400 and $600 or more.
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The average cost to put a cat down at PetSmart Banfield starts at $150, depending on your cat’s weight. The cost increases when you add a cremation or private burial.
To find out the exact cost for your cat, call your local veterinarian.
Can I put my cat to sleep at home?
If your beloved cat is terminally ill, and there’s no hope for recovery, you may be faced with making the decision to put her down. It can be hard to think of taking your pet to a stranger in an unfamiliar setting, and that’s when many people start wondering if they can have the procedure done in their own home.
The answer depends on where you live. In most states and countries, it’s illegal for you to perform euthanasia on your own pet. Only a licensed veterinarian can legally do it because they have the training to administer the drugs safely and humanely. Most veterinarians are also more experienced with euthanasia procedures than pet owners, so they can do it without causing your pet any pain or discomfort.
If you are having trouble getting your cat in the car, or if she has become very frail, some vets will come to your home and administer the injection in your living room.
There are also some hospice programs where volunteers will come into your home and provide end-of-life care for your pet. They can then administer the final injection when you’re ready to say goodbye.
The procedure should be discussed with your veterinarian in advance so you know what will happen during the process and what options are available afterward. For example, if you want your pet’s body buried or cremated, discuss this ahead of time so that proper arrangements can be made.
The benefits of having your cat euthanized at home include:
- Your cat is in a familiar, comfortable environment.
- It allows your cat to remain in his/her favorite spot up until the very end.
- It lessens the stress associated with traveling to the veterinary hospital.
- It provides you with the opportunity for privacy for you and your family during this difficult time.
- You can keep the experience as “low-key” as possible for any other pets that may be in the house.
When is it time to euthanize a cat?
While it can be difficult to make the decision, putting your pet down may be the best option when his quality of life is poor and his pain cannot be managed. When you are making this decision, consider consulting with your veterinarian about your pet’s prognosis and what you can expect in the future.
The following are signs that your cat is suffering and his quality of life has deteriorated to the point where euthanasia should be considered:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a day despite treatment
- Persistent anorexia lasting more than a few days
- Lack of interest in interaction; no desire to play, eat, drink, or socialize
- Difficulty breathing or open-mouth breathing
- Persistent restlessness or lethargy lasting more than a few days despite treatment
- Persistent pain that cannot be controlled with medication
Is it too soon to put my cat to sleep?
The decision is never easy, but it can be made easier if you discuss all the options with your vet.
The first thing to consider is whether treatment will improve the quality of life of your cat. Does your pet have a condition that can be treated, such as an infection or cancer, or is it an illness that is untreatable?
Does treatment for the illness mean hospitalization and repeated procedures, or can it be done at home? Is there a chance of recovery?
If you do not want to risk treatment, what is the alternative? Painkillers might only give temporary relief and when they stop working your cat will still be in pain.
Also, consider whether your cat is still enjoying life. Is she eating well, grooming herself, and enjoying the attention? Or does she seem unhappy or depressed?
Does a cat feel pain when euthanized?
The process of euthanasia is designed to be as pain-free as possible, it is unlikely that your cat will feel anything but a moment of pressure at the site of the injection. If you are concerned about your cat’s discomfort, speak with your veterinarian about sedatives or tranquilizers that can be given before the euthanasia drug is administered.
The euthanasia drug itself is an overdose of barbiturates, which are sedatives and anesthetics. The vet will use a strong dose of these drugs to stop your cat’s heart and breathing. Your cat will lose consciousness within a few seconds and will die very quickly afterward. She won’t feel any pain because the drugs work so fast.
The process doesn’t hurt at all, but it can be emotionally hard for people to watch.
Can a cat wake up after euthanasia?
If you’re thinking about putting a cat down, you might be concerned that the cat will come back to life. It’s a valid concern.
In every case of a cat who came back to life after having undergone euthanasia, some were brought back through an error by the veterinarian performing the procedure.
How do I cope with putting my cat down?
It is normal to experience feelings of grief and sadness when losing our pets. However, there are ways in which you can cope with the loss of your cat and memorialize them.
First, it is important to seek support from friends and family. Sharing your feelings of sadness and loss will help you cope during this difficult time.
You may want to consider making a scrapbook or photo album in honor of your pet, which will also be comforting for you. You might also consider planting a tree in memory of your cat or donating to an animal charity or shelter in their name. These actions can be a great way to honor and remember all the good times that you have shared together.
If you find that you are still struggling with your feelings of grief, please reach out to a professional counselor who specializes in pet loss and bereavement. They will be able to help you grieve and remember your cat in a healthy way.