• Saying farewell to your feline friend will be one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make. To help you at this difficult time, be sure to have the support of friends and family on hand and the help of a compassionate veterinarian.
• The ultimate factor in helping you make the decision whether or not to euthanize your cat should be the pet's potential to recover, its level of suffering, and the retention of its dignity.
• Euthanasia, a painless procedure performed by your veterinarian, will end the cat's pain and suffering in the most humane manner possible.
• There are numerous burial options. Choose the one that makes the most sense for you.
• Be sure to pay attention to the children in your family after the death of the family cat. If they are not allowed to grieve properly, they can bury unresolved feelings of loss, which might affect them for years to come. Talk about the death with them, and, if necessary, bring them to a grief counselor.
• Don't forget that the surviving pet or pet's in your home will also go through a period of grieving. Be there for them, and try to spend some extra quality time with them.
• Don't immediately go out and obtain a new cat in an attempt to replace the old one. Instead, wait until the grieving process runs its course for all members of the family, including children and the surviving pets. When the time seems right, don't try to replace the departed cat; look for a pet with its own unique personality.
Excerpted from The K.I.S.S. Guide to Cat Care by Steve Duno
Copyright 2001 by Steve Duno.
Excerpted by permission of Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.
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