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I am sorry to hear about Charlie.
My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
If you take him to a vet, they will first do an exam of him and possibly give him some supplemental fluids in case he is dehydrated.
If something is found, such as a tumor, or other serious problem, euthanasia may be suggested.
Since he is so old, it is likely that whatever is wrong with him is serious, or fatal. But that can't be determined for certain until he is examined.
Another alternative would be to have a veterinarian make a housecall. Most areas have house call veterinarians.
He does not appear to be in pain, although he doesn't move about easily. Would I be cruel in refusing euthanasia Because I feel he is old and going to go in the not too distant future anyway and I would rather he went in his own bed than on a table with a needle.
No, you would not be cruel. I respect everyone's wishes in these situation.s
Also, although he has had a drink this morning, how long can he be expected to live without sustanance?
Cats are amazingly tough. I have seen them go a week or even more without eating. If he stops drinking, it may be shorter.
I have often been brought cats for euthanasia where the owner just could not stand watching them any longer. They come in so dehydrated at that point it is amazing they are still alive.
I have never had an animal 'put to sleep' (I have had cats that died in RTA's) I wou
It is entirely your choice how to proceed.
I do not know what RTA's are.
I completely respect others' wishes when it comes to the final days of a cat's life.
I thought he had just thought it was 'time o go'. Do cats do this when they are very old? (Sorry Road Traffic Accicents).
Accidents ( bad typing)
You never really die just because you are old. Something fails, like the kidneys or the heart.
We call them HBC's, hit by cars.
If it is a failing organ, and he stops eating, he will die, but you should be prepared for it to take many days or even longer.
I was kinda hoping for a reply as to the right thing to do, but I guess it is just down to my decision. I shall have to speak to my own vet. I hope she respects my wishes as you say you do. Thank you anyway.
If you want to know what I would do, I would do euthanasia rather than prolong his suffering. Dying of not eating and dehydration is not an easy or quick death. But, I completely honor everyone
Everyone's wishes at this time.
It is your cat, and your decision. I can only tell you that I would "put him to sleep", but what I would do is not what you have to do.
It does have to be your decision.
No veterinarian should tell you that you "have" to put him down.
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