hopefully this site will be able to help you to buy a lot more quality
time for your cat, eventually your precious cat is going to have to leave
This can be a
very difficult thing with which to come to terms.
find the idea of losing their cat too distressing to even contemplate; I
know when Tanya was ill, I would try to read books on this topic but I
would end up in floods of tears, so I do sympathise.
But if at all
possible, you must try to give some thought to these matters while your
cat is still alive; because if you wait until the moment is upon you, you
will probably not be able to think clearly and may make decisions which
you later come to regret.
helps you consider some things in advance, when you are more emotionally
capable of making the decision.
provides information on making the decision, what to expect at the end,
and how to cope with your loss.
The Final Hours
Because it can be so terribly hard to know when
the time has come, particularly with a CKD cat who will probably be having
good days and bad days, I have created this page. It describes the symptoms which you may see in the final stages of CKD,
and discusses whether to choose euthanasia.
It also explains what happens during euthanasia,
and has information about resting place options.
This page explains more about what to expect, and gives tips on how to
cope and where to find support. It also discusses how to help other family
members, including other cats, and whether to get another cat.
"I have felt perpetual
gratitude to heaven for having given me, in you, a source of so much pure
and unmixed happiness."
Links on this page last checked: 27 April 2012
TREATING YOUR CAT WITHOUT VETERINARY ADVICE CAN BE
tried very hard to ensure that the information provided in this website is
accurate, but I am NOT a vet, just an ordinary person who has lived
through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes
only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any cat. Before
trying any of the treatments described herein, you MUST consult a
qualified veterinarian and obtain professional advice on the correct
regimen for your cat and his or her particular requirements; and you
should only use any treatments described here with the full knowledge and
approval of your vet. No responsibility can be accepted.
If your cat
appears to be in pain or distress, do not waste time on the internet,
contact your vet immediately.
This site was
created using Microsoft software, and therefore it is best viewed in
Internet Explorer. I know it doesn't always display too well in other
browsers, but I'm not an IT expert so I'm afraid I don't know how to
change that. I would love it to display perfectly everywhere, but my focus
is on making the information available. I am trying to teach myself to use
another type of software, in the hope that using it will enable the site to
display better in the future.
You may print
out one copy of each section of this site for your own information and/or
one copy to give to your vet (though it is almost 1000 pages long, so it is
probably cheaper and it is definitely easier to buy the book version!), but this site may not otherwise be
reproduced or reprinted, on the internet or elsewhere, without the
permission of the site owner, who can be contacted via the