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finchmeister08
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Have any of you ever refused to "put down" a family pet that probably needed it?

Long story short, my wife's brother passed away shortly after we met 6 years ago due to a accidental OD. he had a cat that my wife took responsibility of and has been with us ever since. he's dad some kidney issues that resulted in about 14 kidney stones trapped in his bladder (all at one time) and surgery being need to remove them about 2 years ago.

well, now he has total/terminal kidney failure, and is at a point where the vet suggests putting him to sleep. my wife is completely distraught because the cat is only about halfway through his life expectancy (7 yrs or so), and it's the last thing she has of her brother and she's not so sure she can handle losing it. she knew this day would come, but not so unexpectedly.

she's worried about whether or not she's doing the right thing and if we should let nature take it's course.


Proximo
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I would imagine he’s suffering or in pain if he has kidney failure. If that’s the case she needs to put him down


TigerOnTheMountain
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Once the quality of life for an animal has very clearly gone down hill, I would argue it’s more cruel to force the animal to continue living in such a miserable state.


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Kramer26
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Ask her if her brother would want the cat to suffer.


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Vamos Brandonos
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You need to get a syringe of something that will put the cat down and use it.

The cat has postponed your wife's grievance of her brother. It's time she handled that.


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unclejhim
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I would imagine he’s suffering or in pain if he has kidney failure. If that’s the case she needs to put him down



This is the correct and only answer.


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jkylejohnson
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No but we tried to have the family dog put down about a year ago and the dumbass vet refused saying “he still has too much life in his eyes”. They then went on to charge us out the arse for all sorts of medicine and he died on the couch two days later. It was awful.

Sorry for your situation. I’d suggest to put the cat down if y’all think it’s time.
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kciDAtaE
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She is doing it for herself and not the cat. As long as she releases that, let her do what she wants. But the cat will suffer for her own comfort.


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HubbaBubba
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Sounds like this is about you, and you don't want to pay for $750 in surgery for a member of your family.

That said, cats with kidney problems will pee all over your house. Put them down if they start that because they'll never stop.


finchmeister08
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Sounds like this is about you, and you don't want to pay for $750 in surgery for a member of your family.


it doesn't have anything to do with me. what $750 surgery are you talking about?


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Have any of you ever refused to "put down" a family pet
No but I've "put down" a few that needed it.

Country boys WILL survive.


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Turf Taint
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Been there more than once

Every time we just knew

And every time it was right and peaceful

Does not make it easy. I respect that. But take comfort in the peaceful end. Very.

Best thoughts...


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Lithium
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It is a very difficult thing to do. But hurts so much to lose them but you fave to think what's better for them and be unselfish and do what is best. Good Luck


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tiger91
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Can you get a second opinion for another vet? Our cat had kidney/ureter issues and it required surgery. We changed his food at the Rec of our vet and kitty is still her 7 years later.



Yewkindewit
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They then went on to charge us out the arse for all sorts of medicine and he died on the couch two days later.


Same here for a cat that was obviously on her way out. $674 dollars and 3 days later we are digging a hole in the backyard.


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rickyh
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A couple months back my sister called and she told me that her little dog needed to be put down because it was suffering. I went to get the dog and I asked her how much are you willing to pay the vet? She said a hundred dollars if it cost that much. I told her I would do it for free. Then I checked the dog out and I couldn't find anything wrong with it. I told her she was losing her mind. The dog is fine and don't call anyone else. It's been a couple of months and the dog is still doing fine. In my life I had to put a couple down. I always hated doing it but I couldn't watch something that I cared about suffer.


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finchmeister08
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Can you get a second opinion for another vet? Our cat had kidney/ureter issues and it required surgery. We changed his food at the Rec of our vet and kitty is still her 7 years later.



i'm sure we could. we had blood work done wednesday and got the results back yesterday that there's too many toxins in his blood and that it's related to kidney failure. apparently, the toxins were so high that it was a given that the kidney were definitely not working.

my wife said it's gonna be almost $300 for the euthanization and a cremation package.


Vamos Brandonos
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cremation package.


For a cat.

frick this gay earth.


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shutterspeed
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You haven't mentioned how much, if any, pain the animal is.

Personally, I prefer to have my animals pass away in their familiar home setting--naturally if at all possible and painless.


finchmeister08
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You haven't mentioned how much, if any, pain the animal is.


i can't really tell. he still walks around like normal. can still jump on the bed/couch like normal. the kitchen counter is a bit of a challenge. he really just lounges around the house more than he used to.

he doesn't let us pet him like he used to. it has to be the gentlest touch for him to accept it.


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