How to Comfort a Cat About to Die: 13 Steps

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How to Comfort a Cat About to Die: 13 Steps
How to Comfort a Cat About to Die: 13 Steps

It is very difficult to deal with the idea of ​​losing a pet cat. Make the most of your time with the pet and make it as comfortable as possible instead of being sad about the inevitable. Strengthen your bonds with the cat and remember how special he is to you.


Part 1 of 4: Creating a Comfortable Environment

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Step 1. Minimize activities and sounds around the cat

When the end of his life is approaching, comfort is a must. Your pet will need a quiet and peaceful environment, free from clutter and noisy activities. If you have other pets, it's a good idea to restrict their access to the pussy.

  • Take the cat house to an area of ​​the house that is preferably not used a lot.
  • If the change is too sudden for the cat, adapt the habits of other residents of the house to reduce activities and noise near the animal.
  • Let the cat choose where to sleep and he will likely prefer a space that brings peace and tranquility.
  • Listen to low, quiet music to increase your pet's comfort. Look for soothing sounds like birdsong and running water.
  • The everyday noises can be too much in the last days of the cat, significantly worsening his health.
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Step 2. More pad the cat's bed

In the last days of life, the animal may have great difficulty lying down comfortably as in the past, which can be remedied with extra blankets and mattresses. Overall, you'll prevent pressure sores from lying in one position for too long.

  • The cat may soil the bed from lack of bladder control or from being unable to walk to the litter box, so choose a material that is easy to clean.
  • Foam beds, while comfortable, can be difficult to clean.
  • Check the bed often to find the debris as soon as possible and clean it.
  • The extra materials also help to warm the pussy. Older cats have difficulty maintaining body temperature.
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Step 3. Adjust the room lighting to increase the cat's comfort

During the day, open the curtains enough so that diffused natural light enters the house. When the sun goes down, turn on a soft light in the house.

  • Leave a soft light on at night for the cat. He will probably feel more comfortable this way than in the dark.
  • Consult vendors at home improvement stores to find cat-friendly lighting options.
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Step 4. Facilitate the cat's needs

As the end of his life approaches, so does the difficulty in getting up and walking. The distances the animal used to travel to get to the feed or the litter box may be too much now. Minimize the cat's discomfort by moving the litter box and feed and water bowls closer to the cat's rest area.

  • Sometimes, not even closeness can be enough. Set up a sling with a towel or blanket to help the cat stand up.
  • Keep his favorite toys nearby.

Part 2 of 4: Feeding the Cat

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Step 1. Serve tasty food

Early in your kitten's life, you probably limited the amount of delicious snacks for her kitten to maintain a healthy diet. Now that the end is near, why not please him? Pamper your pussy with tuna of all kinds.

  • Meat-based baby food, like turkey, are tasty options. As pussies cannot eat onions, check the ingredients in the baby food before serving it.
  • The "gourmet" cat foods are also delicious options that are sure to please your pussy.
  • No matter what food is served, the important thing is that it has a strong, pleasant odor, as the cat will probably not have much of an appetite at the end of its life. Pleasant aromas may encourage you to eat a little.
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Step 2. Make foods easy to eat

In addition to losing its appetite, the cat may not have the physical strength to chew properly and needs simple chewing food. When buying dry feed, soften it with a little water.

  • You can also knead or grind the feed.
  • If you opted for baby food, mix it with a little water to soften it.
  • Heat the cat's food to make it more appetizing and easier to feed.
  • If you're not sure what foods your cat can eat, talk to a trusted veterinarian.
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Step 3. Serve the cat with fresh water

In the final stages of life, the animal may not want to drink as much water, mainly due to the body's inability to let you know that it is "thirsty", causing it not to realize that it needs to hydrate. Keeping your cat hydrated is essential for her comfort.

  • Instead of cold water, prefer warmer water.
  • If the cat is weak or in too much pain to drink water from the bowl, help him by supporting his head in the proper position.
  • The cat may not want to open its mouth on its own to drink water. In this case, serve the liquid with an eyedropper: support his head, position the dropper close to the bottom teeth on the inside of the cheek. As soon as the cat opens its mouth, press the dropper to release the water.

Part 3 of 4: Dealing With Cat Problems

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Step 1. Identify the cat's health problems

Even though he's at the end of his life, you still need to treat his health problems, right? Lack of care can make the cat more uncomfortable and shorten its lifespan. Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to discuss the cat's condition and possible options.

If your cat has a terminal illness, such as chronic kidney failure or cancer, make a plan with your veterinarian to minimize the animal's discomfort

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Step 2. Decrease the cat's pain

Depending on the disease, the pussy can suffer a lot. When he is dying, the ideal is to do what you can to relieve the pain; follow the veterinarian's recommendations for how to care for the animal.

  • At this stage in a cat's life, medications are meant to make him more comfortable, not to get him back.
  • Try a "pill syringe" if the cat can't open its mouth of its own accord. Insert the syringe into the cat's mouth as you would the dropper and press the plunger to release the pill into the cat's throat. To encourage the pussy to swallow the medicine, pour a few drops of water with the dropper afterwards.
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Step 3. Control the cat's bowel movements and urination problems

Illness, pain and weakness make the cat unable to reach the litter box in time. If the pussy has difficulty controlling her bladder, ask the veterinarian for a prescription.

  • Some cats also have difficulty controlling their bowels.
  • Keep an eye on the cat for signs of urine or feces. Clean the genital and rectal area of ​​the pussy to prevent skin irritation using a soft cloth and warm water.
  • There are also disposable diapers for cats. If you can't find it in the pet shop near your home, look it up on the internet.
  • Diapering a cat can be awkward and challenging at first. Talk to a veterinarian to get some tips.

Part 4 of 4: Preparing for the Cat's Death

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Step 1. Discuss euthanasia with your veterinarian

As much as you're trying hard to comfort the cat, you also need to prepare for the reality of his death. This is far from easy, but it is necessary. A frank conversation with the veterinarian will help you handle the difficult preparation.

  • Euthanasia is a painless way to end a pussy's life. In the process, the veterinarian administers an overdose of anesthetic medication. After a few seconds, the cat becomes unconscious and stops breathing in peace.
  • Don't feel shame or guilt at the thought of sacrifice. Many owners suffer from the idea of ​​letting their pets sleep forever.
  • Your veterinarian can help you organize your emotions and answer your questions about euthanasia.
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Step 2. Know the best time for euthanasia

After discussing the matter with the veterinarian, it's up to you to decide the best time to let the animal stop suffering. Check out some of the clinical signs that the cat is really suffering, such as: hiding, sleeping more and withdrawing from human contact (or getting too sticky).

  • Ask yourself, "Am I leaving my cat alive for me or for him?" The answer will help you decide when the time is right to put euthanasia into practice.
  • If the cat is suffering, regardless of your efforts to comfort it, it may be time to use euthanasia.
  • Make a plan for when the "time" comes. The vet should help you put everything down on paper so you know when it's time to sacrifice. The written plan:

    • Will use the veterinarian's knowledge of the animal's disease progression to alert you to symptoms that indicate pain and suffering.
    • It will eliminate arguments between family members and other people who "own" the cat.
    • It will help you make important decisions, which is very difficult when you have emotions involved. Set up the plan at a neutral time to take the emotions out of focus.
  • Also try observing or keeping a written record of the cat's daily activities. Noticing that he has more bad days than good ones, it's time to consider euthanasia.
  • After making the difficult decision to euthanize the pussy, call your veterinarian and make an appointment. Delaying the process will only make it more difficult, in addition to prolonging the animal's discomfort.
  • Some veterinarians perform the procedure in the pet's home; if this is not the case with your veterinarian, schedule the sacrifice at a quiet time at the clinic (usually morning or evening).
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Step 3. Plan what you will do with the cat's remains

Opting for a sacrifice is hard enough, but you still need to think about what you'll do with the cat after euthanasia. The main options are burial and cremation. Don't feel pressured, just make the choice you're most comfortable with.

The veterinarian can provide information about burial and cremation services available in the area


  • As difficult as it is to think about the death of a pet, focus on making the pet as happy and comfortable as possible. Focus on the positive side to comfort the animal as much as possible.
  • To comfort the animal in the last days, you need to see its death as a natural part of life. Give your pussy a dignified death.
  • The cat will enjoy the comfort of human interaction. Spend a lot of time with him, even if he is unable to play like he used to. Embrace it (carefully) to minimize pain and discomfort.
  • As the cat will not be able to take care of its own hygiene, help it by cleaning its eyes, ears, mouth, genitalia and anus with a soft cloth dampened in warm water. Brush it with a soft bristle brush.
  • After the cat's death, allow yourself to mourn for a while. Reach out to people who can comfort you during this time.
  • The veterinarian can certainly refer you to a psych professional who will help you deal with the cat's death.


  • Cats are great at disguising pain. Your pet may struggle to pretend it is not in pain.
  • The cat may stop eating and drinking completely depending on how sick it is. No matter how hard you try to hydrate and nourish it. It's important to know that the smell of food can make you sick.
  • The cat's condition may deteriorate faster than you expect. Keep your veterinarian's contact information close at hand in case your pet's condition suddenly worsens.

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