Peaceful & Compassionate Euthanasia for Cats
Our Upper West Side Veterinarians Assess Your Cat’s Quality of Life & Advise When to Say Goodbye
The decision to euthanize is often the most difficult decision a cat owner must make. Sadly, most cats do not peacefully pass away from old age in the comfort of their own home. Cat owners must strike the delicate balance between waiting too long and risking their cat being in discomfort or deciding too soon and wondering if they’ve deprived themselves and their cat of even a day or two more of a comfortable life. At Manhattan Cat Specialists, we understand the concerns and emotions our clients experience when faced with this difficult decision, and our veterinarians and technicians can help guide you in assessing your cat’s quality of life. We offer gentle, compassionate euthanasia in our office.
To speak with a veterinarian about putting your cat to sleep, call (917) 242-4235.
How to Decide When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
At our Upper West Side clinic, our veterinarians are here to aid you in determining when your cat’s quality of life is such that it would be best to euthanize.
Some signs that help our veterinarians conclude it is time to put your cat to sleep include:
- Your cat has labored breathing or persistent coughing
- You cat appears to be in chronic pain that can no longer be controlled with medication
- Your cat is frequently vomiting or has diarrhea that results in dehydration or noticeable weight loss
- Your cat is unable to walk or stand without assistance
- Your cat is lethargic and uninterested in eating treats, playing with toys, or getting pets
- Your cat is incontinent
- Your cat has stopped eating and needs to be force fed
The Euthanasia Process
At Manhattan Cat Specialists, we understand that making the decision to put your cat to sleep is stressful, especially if you’re unsure of what the euthanasia process consists of.
When you bring your cat to our hospital to say goodbye, our veterinarians will:
- Explain the procedure to you in detail and answer all questions you might have
- Allow you some time to say goodbye to your beloved feline friend
- Place your cat in a comfortable position on the examination table
- Properly hold your cat so that the process goes smoothly and quickly
- Possibly place an IV catheter to prevent vein rupture and a slower process
- Possibly give your cat an injection of an anesthetic or sedative to keep it still for the rest of the procedure
- Inject a large dose of sodium pentobarbital in your cat’s front or rear leg, which will make your cat unconscious and stop his or her heartbeat
- Listen to your cat’s heart with a stethoscope to confirm it has stopped
- Confirm with you that your cat has passed and ask if you would like any final moments with him or her
For more information about our compassionate and peaceful euthanasia process, call (917) 242-4235.
We provide the latest in medicine with an emphasis on sound laboratory and imaging diagnostics, pain minimizing, and discomfort alleviation.
Extensive Feline Exams
We recommend that every feline get examined twice a year, not just when health problems arise. We want your cat's health to be top of mind year long.
Custom Health Plans
Our doctors develop tailored health plans for every stage of your cat's 9 lives.
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