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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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My old female cat is 18plus yrs. She stopped eating and drinking

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My old female cat is 18plus yrs.
She stopped eating and drinking just over a week ago and is fading away.
She sleeps most of the time under favourite bushes in the garden or behind a chest of drawers inside.
She is pleased to see family people and gives a miaow and purrs when spoken to or stroked.
She seems happy, certainly not distressed or in pain.
Someone said she should be put down - is it unkind to just let her fade away here at home ?
Scott Nimmo :

My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

Scott Nimmo :

Over the years I have often been asked when is the right time to put a cat to sleep, there is no one easy answer for every case. But whatever condition she is suffering from at the end of the day you know Splodge best and you will know if she is suffering unduly. My experience is that if a client is asking this question then there are still good and bad points to weigh up. All you can really do is to weigh up these good and bad points, basically assess the quality of her life on a day by day basis, you know and obviously care for her so only you could make this decision.

If you as the owner feels she still happy enough and not suffering then there is no reason you should let go right now. But sooner or later a caring owner like yourself will just wake up one day, take a look at Splodge and say enough is enough. On that day follow your instincts, give your vet a call and make the arrangement to quietly put your cat to sleep, almost certainly you will be doing the right thing ...

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Hello again Sue,

Just a short note to thank you very much for the good rating, this is very much appreciated. I will get back in touch with you in a few days to check on Splodge's progress, and I should also be about for the next couple of hours so please get straight back to me if things change and you want to talk things over further.

If I can ever help you further then please contact me again via my profile LINK

Kindest regards,


Scott Nimmo The Online Vet
Hello again Sue,

I am just getting back in touch to see how Splodge is getting on.

How are things going at present?