In-Home Cat Euthanasia Near Me

Saying goodbye to a cherished cat is heart-wrenching. We understand that this is a very difficult time and our goal is to make the process of in-home euthanasia as gentle and respectful as possible for both you and your beloved cat.

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Learn more about the euthanasia process

What is cat euthanasia?

Cat euthanasia is a compassionate choice made by cat owners and their veterinarians when a beloved cat is suffering from a serious illness, injury, or terminal condition. The process involves administering medication to help the cat feel relaxed and calm, followed by a dose of anesthetic drugs that leads to a painless and peaceful passing. This decision is never easy, but it is made with the cat's best interests in mind, to relieve their suffering and provide a dignified and peaceful end to their life. The goal of in-home cat euthanasia is to show love and care for the cat, even in their final moments.

How will I know it's time?

Saying farewell to your beloved cat is never easy, and it can be one of the most difficult decisions you face. As your feline companion ages, or when they experience unexpected injury or terminal illness, they rely on you to spare them from unnecessary suffering. Deciding when it's the right time to say goodbye can be emotionally challenging, as no one wants to do it too early or too late. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the best time to let go. Read more about how to know when it's time here.

What will happen during an at-home cat euthanasia procedure?

  • At-home cat euthanasia procedure usually begins with the administration of a sedative to help your cat relax and feel at ease. The sedative can be given by injection or orally, depending on your cat's condition and the veterinarian’s medical judgment.
  • Once your cat is sedated, the veterinarian will administer the euthanasia solution (a large dose of anesthesia), which will tell the brain that the respirations and heart can stop.. This process is painless and typically very quick.. Your cat will not feel any anxiety, discomfort or pain; nor will they be conscious of their body responding to the medications. The veterinarian will monitor your cat’s vital signs to ensure a peaceful and dignified passing.
  • After your cat has passed, the veterinarian will prepare your cat for transport to the crematorium if this is the body care option you have chosen. Should you need a few more minutes with your beloved feline friend just let your veterinarian know and they will give you privacy. If you will be handling your cat’s aftercare on your own the veterinarian will leave once they have confirmed the passing of your cat.
During the procedure your cat may show the following signs:
  • Occasionally involuntary muscle movements may occur especially in the limbs or face. These may look like twitching similar to when your cat is dreaming.
  • Depending on your cat’s condition and the specific cocktail of medications your veterinarian deems appropriate, your cat may salivate or in rare cases, they may vomit.
  • Once your cat has passed, their muscles will relax and possible loss of bladder or bowel control may occur.
  • It is natural for the eyes to remain open during and after the process; again this is due to the muscles relaxing.
  • Deep reflexive breathing or gasping may occur depending on your pet’s condition; and should not be taken as signs of distress. These are possible physiologic responses, not conscious efforts to gain air.
  • When present, these signs are natural responses of the body to the process of transitioning. Seeing these responses may be difficult for you but your cat is not conscious of these changes, nor are they actively trying to move or resist the process.

What should I expect if I schedule a cat euthanasia appointment?

  • While appropriate in a hospital setting, we understand that scrubs are not necessary nor comforting in the home environment. As such, your veterinarian will come dressed in comfortable yet professional clothing and carrying a bag or case with the necessary items such as medications and a stethoscope.
  • The veterinarian will be sensitive to your family’s needs and pacing for the one hour appointment. Although the sedation and euthanasia process can be quick, typically 15 minutes, your veterinarian will give you the opportunity to pause between steps or and proceed when both you and your cat are ready.
  • The veterinarian will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have, and after the procedure, you will be given time with your cat before the visit is concluded.
  • If you have decided to handle the aftercare of the cat's body your veterinarian will take their leave at this time. If you wish the veterinarian to facilitate cremation for your cat, they will prepare and transport the body with honor, respect, and dignity.

What happens after the in-home cat euthanasia?

The decision to choose euthanasia is a difficult one for cat owners; our goal is to make the process as peaceful and dignified as possible for both you and your beloved cat. You can be present throughout the procedure and can take as much time as you need with your cat after they have passed.

Your veterinarian’s aim is to provide comfort and they will answer any questions you may have about the process. They can handleaftercare arrangements, including cremation services, so you can focus on self-care and care of your loved ones after your cat crosses the rainbow bridge.

If you choose to have your veterinarian tend to your cat’s aftercare, rest assured that they will handle your cat's remains with the same honor and care as if it were their own.

What will happen to my cat’s body?

It is recommended to make aftercare decisions before the day of the euthanasia to reduce stress. Your veterinarian can provide several options for aftercare, which can be altered during your veterinarian’s visit if needed. CodaPet offers you several after care options, listed here. However, we find that making decisions beforehand can reduce stress on the actual day of the procedure.

What can I do ahead of time to prepare for at-home Euthanasia?

We understand that saying goodbye to your beloved cat is a very difficult and an emotional part of their journey. It's important to us that the experience is as comfortable and peaceful as possible for both you and your cat. Our network of veterinarians is here to support you in any way we can and will encourage you to create the atmosphere that best honors your cat, whether it be a favorite spot such as a sunlit window seat or a cozy bed near a fireplace. You are welcome to play music, light candles, or have the tv on for sounds of a familiar show. We are here to honor your wishes and make this transition as meaningful and dignified as possible for you and your cat.

Deciding on body care is a necessary step in planning for cat euthanasia. The most common options include burial at a pet cemetery or at home (depending on local regulations and restrictions for your area), or opting for cremation services with or without the return of ashes in an urn.

Facing your pet’s passing

It takes courage and love to consider euthanasia for your beloved cat. It is important to educate yourself about the process and understand when it might be the right time for your cat. If you arewondering how to know when the time is right, read more here.

It is also important to take care of yourself during this difficult time so do not hesitate to seek support during the grieving process. Grief begins when the loss is imminent and affects daily routines, it is a natural part of honoring and finding healing from the loss of a loved one. Read more about grief.

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Dr. Jackson was very patient and caring. It was very nice to have my dog go to doggy heaven in the comfort of my home for my dog and well as for me. It was peaceful and thank Dr. Jackson for her kindness.

Jane M

Apr 17, 2024

Dr. Danelle Jackson is extremely caring and very professional. Home euthanasia is very supportive and far less stressful on any member of my family.

Craig J

Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Sarah was wonderful We appreciate the time she spent with us during the difficult situation of loosing our pet. She made sure our pet was relaxed and that we were ready for the final process. Thankful for her compassion.

Mary R

Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Goranova was incredibly kind and compassionate with the loss of our beloved bulldog. She sympathetically explained the euthanasia process, and was very patient with us as we made the difficult decision to let her go. She made an incredibly painful and emotional situation easier. I cant imagine another way to say goodbye.

Emily B

Apr 16, 2024

She was extremely comforting throughout the entire process, I knew she cared even though we’d never met before that moment.

Christy L

Apr 13, 2024

Dr. Gonnering was very kind, and took time to explain everything to our family prior to the procedure. She was great with our other two dogs, who were busy trying to get into her medical bag to look for treats. When the time came, she treated our Rose with tenderness and dignity. It was a difficult day, but being able to let our girl pass at home, in her favorite spot and with her favorite people, made it feel a little less overwhelming.

Julie R

Apr 13, 2024

When the time came to say goodbye to our sweet husky, we knew we wanted to do it at home. This proved to be the best case scenario for this heartbreaking experience. Dr. Kirsten Stukey was so kind and compassionate. She gave us all the time we needed and ensured that our dog was fast asleep before performing the final procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Stukey’s at home service when this sad time comes.

Alex A.

Apr 12, 2024

IMO Dr Bonnie is the best choice for end of care needs. Informative, compassionate and skillful. Premium care.

pearl l

Apr 12, 2024

I was in that horrible position of determining if it was time to euthanize one of my heart dogs that was 17 years old. I made an online appointment choosing Dr. Clem based on her profile. I was so blessed by choosing her. She was calm, quiet and communicated easily. There were 5 other dogs, my mother and my spouse present and she handled this with grace and compassion. I can not explain in words how phenomenal Dr. Clem was and when I was ready she sedated my baby Jr Onion and as I held him in my arms and whispered in his ear how much I loved him, she gave the euthanasia solution. It was a peaceful passing and I will never forget her compassion. Thank you Dr Clem.

Kerri B.

Apr 11, 2024

This was one of the hardest things we have had to face. But Dr. Hemmer was absolutely a god-send for this experience. She was kind and caring and lead us through everything with empathy. We were so sad and heart-broken but each step was explained and she gave us our time and don’t rush anything. We feel so fortunate to have had Dr. Hemmer with us through this. I would highly recommend these services for anyone facing this hard decision.

Beth Welke

Apr 11, 2024

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