advertisement
Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2010-02-17

Old man cat - when to call it quits

Dear CV

I wrote a while ago about our old boy who has been getting stomatitis more often. We had him at the vets last Sat (for the third time in 3 weeks), and he was given painkillers, more corticosteroids, plus antibiotics which I am injecting sc daily for 5 days. He still has a good appetite, to tell the truth he seems to be incredibly hungry all the time. He struggles to eat his pellets and it causes bleeding in his mouth, which is probably why he is so hungry. We feed him about 2 Hills AD tins, or 4 fancy Feast tins. He can' t groom himself, so gave him a bath on Sun. The fur on his front paws have been plucked out. Needless to say the poor chap isn' t looking too good. How does one decide that he doesn' t have quality of life anymore? Ie, when does one make the call to have him euthanized?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageCyberVet

Dear Racoon

When you feel this quality of life sucks.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

2
Our users say:
Posted by: Cybervet | 2010-02-18

Dear Racoon

When you feel this quality of life sucks.

Reply to Cybervet
Posted by: Chill | 2010-02-17

The answer is: when life has become a burden, with little or no prospect of improvement.

Now the next question will be: how does one know that?

Apart from your instincts and knowledge of the animal, your best course of action would be a frank discussion with your vet. He' ll probably have seen this before, and will have a good idea what the prognosis is likely to be.

Whatever you decide: best of luck.

Reply to Chill

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement