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How to comfort a dying cat
One of the most distressing things to witness as a pet owner is when a loved animal is suffering a death or an injury, whether this be an accident, disease or illness. There are many different ways to help your cat when he or she is going through this, and it is important to ensure that you do everything you can for your cat.
In some circumstances, your cat may not recognise the signs of pain or discomfort, so how can you tell? Some signs to look out for include any of the following:
Laying down more
Laying down more often than usual
Not being interested in food, and or wanting to spend more time hiding or cowering in a dark and quiet area
Loss of appetite or weight loss
The inability to urinate, or the cat losing his or her natural instinct and ability to wee
The appearance of the tummy and stomach being soft and mushy, and or feeling bloated
A cat may also vocalise, by making a rasping or low groaning sound
There is some good news when it comes to the death of a pet – the body is usually fairly easy to recognise in death, and you can usually tell the approximate time of death by looking at the body. Your cat will also usually have a peaceful end if it is suffering peacefully in their sleep.
There are a few ways to help your cat if you believe that they are suffering, and it is important to get to the vet as soon as possible. You should be prepared to spend money, and the more money you can spend on your cat and the vet, the better. However, you should also consider getting some extra money for food, as many vets will charge a fee for their advice and services.
The following is a short guide to some ways to comfort your cat if they are dying or in pain, as well as a list of symptoms to watch out for.
Comfort and soothing for your cat
The most obvious and the quickest way to soothe your cat is to stroke him or her. As much as possible, this can be done whilst your cat is sleeping, but if this is not possible, then a lap for your cat is a great alternative. It may help if you place a favourite blanket or pillow over your cat and place this in front of you, and this should provide a safe and secure area for your cat to enjoy.
Another thing that can be comforting to your cat is using a laser light therapy machine. If you have never heard of it, then I suggest that you look it up on Google. This machine emits an extremely low level of red or blue light which is soothing for your cat, and can provide some relief for your cat when they are in pain.
The third way to soothe your cat is to make a special bed for your cat in a warm area such as a blanket or duvet placed in front of a heater. Many cat owners have this for their cat’s bed and this is a great way to get your cat to feel safe and secure. You can also place a favourite blanket or pillow over the bed to provide your cat with a feeling of safety and security.
Your cat will not feel comforted if you are sitting on your lap and not stroking him or her, and you need to do this as much as you can. You can also place a favourite toy or blanket over your cat and over his or her head to provide comfort.
How to recognise if your cat is dying
If your cat is showing the following signs, then this is a good sign that they may be suffering. If you can get to your vet in time, they may be able to give them some pain relief before your cat dies, but if you do not see your vet, then your cat may die within a short period of time.
The following are some of the most important signs to watch out for:
Losing the ability to eat
Losing the ability to walk
The loss of interest in the litter tray
The inability to urinate
Your cat may have to make small efforts to wee and this may become less frequent
The inability to use the litter tray
The appearance of the belly becoming hard and not feeling soft and mushy like it normally does
The inability to use the litter tray
It is normal for a cat to suffer with different symptoms during his or her dying process, but some cats seem to get weaker and weaker when they are dying and become more sluggish. Your cat may also start to suffer more and more symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty breathing and being uninterested in food. Some cats will also start to experience more pain in their last days as their organs start to fail. It is normal for cats to suffer in their final days, but if you can get to the vet quickly then they may be able to make your cat more comfortable.
Watch out for the following symptoms:
The death of one or more of your cat’s organs. If a cat has a heart problem or other illness, this is normal and there is nothing that you can do to make your cat better or heal them. However, it is important to check your cat’s heart regularly with your vet, so that you know if they are in trouble and can provide them with the right medicine if necessary.
How to comfort your cat
One of the most common questions I get is about how to comfort your cat in their dying, and this is a difficult thing to answer. I am going to try and give a few ideas for your cat, but it will be different for each individual cat. It is very important to make sure that you only try and provide some comfort if your cat is really suffering and if they are already near the end of their life. I also know that this is a hard topic, but there is no easy answer to this question.
The most important thing is to comfort your cat with food, so that they can enjoy one final meal. If you can make a special meal for your cat, then it is worth doing this. Some cats