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Is my cat in pain?

post #1 of 14
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My wonderful cat-companion and friend,Cassie, was diagnosed with failing kidneys due to a large inoperable tumor. She has had a great four weeks of eating (mostly not eating) every possible food (cat, ktten, baby and human). Three days ago she stopped eating. Yesterday she stopped drinking much. No visits to the litter box.

She is now drowsy, unstable and mostly just lying on a cool, dark corner of the bathroom. She shows no signs of pain, even when I gently pick her up. Last time, she calmly curled up on my chest for a while. After about 5 minutes. she started to get up -- kind of wobbly. So, I took her back to her corner.

No mews, no breathing destress, heart rate about normal. She has an "old man" odor which I suspect is from renal failure. My hope is that she will slip away in my arms or near me quietly and comfortably. Her vet is around the corner. The 24-hr vet just 10 minutes away.

Thanks for your information.

Am I wrong? Might she be in pain and not showing it? I've not had a cat
post #2 of 14
I am so sorry you are going through this Cats hide their pain from you. It is a survival instinct. Personally, I think it might be time for you to take Cassie in to the vet and end her pain. If it were me, I would look at the quality of life she has.... It just isn't there anymore If she isn't eating she is slowly starving to death and the best thing you can do for her is to take her in to be pts. I know you want to hold on to her as long as you can. It is so very hard to make this decision, but it is truly the best thing you can do for Cassie.
post #3 of 14
I have to agree with Tanya on this one

This must be so hard for you but i would take her straight to her vet.

Let us know what happens
post #4 of 14
Reading your post, you cat is shutting down. You have two options, keep her at home and watch her die slowly and hope it is peaceful, or give her the dignity she deserves and end it for her now and have that spiritual last moment with her as she exits away from the pain-

I am sorry she couldn't overcome this-
post #5 of 14
I was in your exact shoes this time two years ago. I could not bring myself to take my precious Katie to the vet to have her killed. That's how I was looking at it. We were very close. She was behaving exactly the way your precious cat is now. Late one afternoon (8/12/03) we were sharing a little time together and I knew I had to help her. I told her that I'd take her to the vet the next morning. The blessed creature saved me that agony by passing away a few hours later. Since that time I've found this site and learned that she was probably in a great deal of discomfort if not down-right pain. I still sometimes beat myself up for not taking her to the vet when her quality of life took a serious turn for the worse. But, like your cat, she didn't really seem to be suffering and I loved her so much. I'm not going to tell you what I think you should do. But I do think that if I had it to do again, I'd do things differently.
post #6 of 14
I am so sorry you and your baby are going through this. It is never easy to watch a loved one, human or feline during their final days. I agree with the others, it is time to make the difficult decision and let her go.
post #7 of 14
sending lots and lots of love across the ocean to both you & Cassie during this time.

post #8 of 14
I know it's hard and I have two dogs that my parents had before I was born. But our famliy promised if any of our animals were in pain or seemed to be dying solwly and painfully we'd have them pts i really hope your little baby overcomes this sending hugs and kisses from the big white north

I'm keeping my fingers crossed
post #9 of 14
But if she continues to go on like this I think her soul is already gone and up in kitty heaven

But you just gotta hasve faith
Miracles do happen though

And me and the other members are here for you.
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post #11 of 14
I am so sorry to hear this about Cassie and the pain you are going through with the mixed thoughts. I think its time that she goes to the vet. Please keep up posted
post #12 of 14
When my Mattie was extremely ill, she was purring. I thought that meant she was content despite being ill. I learned that when cats are in pain, sometimes they purr. I felt very bad that for several days I would hold her on my lap and pet her, not understanding that her pain was so bad.

Listen to your heart. Watch how she is doing. You could even get an opinion from the vet on how much pain she is having. I'm sorry you are both going through this right now.
post #13 of 14
I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Honestly, I know it will be much easier to let her go now, and end her pain. I had a puppy once who was dying, and we wanted him to go at home, so we waited... I wish we hadn't. It really is the best for Cassie. I know you will do what YOU feel is right for her, no matter what your decision may be.

post #14 of 14
You poor poor person. I think the best thing to do would be to take her to the vets and ask their honest opinion on what they would do if it was their cat, and also how much pain they think she is in. By letting her go peacefully, you can still be with her. big hugs
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