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Q: Tickles?

August 6, 2012 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 737 days ago

Ches21

Just wondering how anyone can make this desicion my dad's siamese cat Tickles is about 15 years old now and is at milli's house a lady at the rescue who took her in when my dad no longer wanted her I was unable to because of Shorty I have to go to her house and take a look at Tickles and decide if she needs to be put down or not she is not happy, not moving around much except to eat drink and go potty, she acts like she is very sore and hurting all time she won't even really come out of the one room that she sleeps in I have never had to make a desicion like this before so it will be hard I was just wondering how everyone deals with these desicions what I am saying is I have to decide if she should be put down or not I would like to show her that she can come down the stairs and go outside and see if that changes anything it has been almost a year since I last saw her and although this will be a hard one I have to decide what is best for Tickles but it is so hard I lost Teddy last December and then in june I lost Skitters it will be so hard to lose Tickles but if she has to go she has to go and at least I know her friends Lucky and Wild her sisters that are rats will be there Skitters who she knows will be there window and grayer the two fish will be there and Carrot the rabbit will be there up in heaven with her. I just want to know how do you make these decesion's easier on yourselfs.

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Kelly
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Aug 06, 2012

Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that it's not about you...it's about the animal. It may be devastatingly painful, it may bring back painful memories of recently lost pets, but you just have to learn to buck it up and deal with whatever feeling come your way, and put the suffering of your pet first. When they're suffering, it's the lat great act of love you can show them...and it is about them, not you. I would get Tickles checked out by a vet to see what you're dealing with. You did say she's acting like she's in pain. I would never let one of mine live with unending pain. That's just cruel. So I would get her checked out, find out what's going on and if she is indeed in pain, what's causing it and if it can be treated. Senior cats often go downhill quickly when their lives and routines are changed. As far as not coming out of her room, seniors don't move around as much and they sleep more. If it's just that, I would make sure she had plenty of stimulation and attention and leave well enough alone, but if she's in pain, she needs to be relieved of it one way or the other. You can't ignore her suffering because you don't want to experience certain feelings.

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Aug 06, 2012

There are times you just have to buck it up, put your big girl panties on and do the right thing regardless of how hard it is. If Tickles is really in pain it would be so much kinder to release her from that pain than let her suffer as your Teddy was allowed to do. There are worse things than death and they depend on us to do the right thing and make sure they don't suffer. I think Kelly said it best when she said it's not about you and your feelings.

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