Would it be better to let my senior cat pass away on its own? - The Waggin' Train Veterinary Clinic
I get asked that one every now and then as well. The simple answer is, no. I can't really justify a reason for me to say that's better. I've been doing this for over 20 years and I can count maybe not on one hand, but probably on two hands, how many times an animal has died peacefully on their own at home. It just doesn't happen very often. They fight. They hang on. They just don't let go the way that we would want them to let go. So oftentimes it stinks, but we as veterinarians and sometimes you as owners have to make that hard decision for them. I encourage people to think of it not as being cruel because I, too, struggle with that. What gives me the right to do that? What gives me the power and the right to decide if an animal lives or dies? It's a weird power to yield, but I've come to realize that it's the last bit of love that we can give them. It really is. When you know that the end is there, there's nothing else you can offer and there's nothing that's going to make this animal turn around. Isn't it kinder to let them go with dignity, pain-free, in a controlled, loving setting where their owner can be right there with them, holding them, talking to them? I would like to go that way. I hope that that can be done for me one day, and I know it can't, but who wouldn't want to pass that way in that situation. So, yeah. I think it is much more feasible and humane for the animal to ease them in their passing, as opposed to drawing it out and just waiting and waiting and waiting for them to pass at home.