Has anyone stayed in the room while their pet was euthanized?

Вопрос ShortNSweet: Has anyone stayed in the room while their pet was euthanized?My cat is 15 years old and her time is coming. I’m 99% sure I want to stay in the room with her when she is put to sleep but I’ve never done it before and not sure what to expect. Has anyone been through this? Was it peaceful for your pet? Would you stay in the room if you had to do it over again?

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  1. The Eagle Keeper:

    Yup I did. A 12 1/2 y/o dog was with me. It was a bad scene, but necessary. No animal that has been loved for all those years should have to die in a strangers arms. The same should be for your cat. She will know it’s you there holding her. Very peaceful like watching her go to sleep.

  2. 8pixiegirl:

    Luckily, none of my pets have been euthanized. If I had the choice, I wouldn’t stay in the room. It would be too sad for me!

  3. Livin' for Jesus :):

    I’m sorry about your cat. 🙁
    I have no idea what I do without my cat. He is turning one year old in December.
    Anyways, if you want to stay in the room with him, then do that. 🙂
    God Bless and good luck with everything!

  4. Ruby:

    My cat was euthanized by our housecall vet. I held her while she was put down. I was a mess and could barely speak, but I couldn’t let her die alone. I would do it 100 times over again if I had to, because this wasn’t for me, it was for her. She deserved to die in peace with a familiar face reassuring her that she was loved and would be missed.

    It’s never easy. If your vet is a good one, it will be quick and painless and your cat will receive her injection and quickly fade out. I’m sorry about your cat and that it has come to this- best of luck.

  5. miss independent:

    I did it and it helped me allot. To see them go peaceful helps. It still is very sad though.

  6. Lisa:

    I did. I don’t know if she knew I was there or not, but I like to think she knew. I didn’t want her to spend her last moments with strangers, being frightened. So I patted her and rubbed her belly and said goodbye to her when they gave her the injection. Of course it was very sad, but I would have felt terrible if she didn’t have someone there who loved her.

  7. tonyd_1984:

    I was in the same room for two of my pets who got euthanized. It’s quick and painless. They give the pet a shot and when the needle gets inserted my cats fought a little (who honestly likes shots though!) and it was over. If you’re not in there for your pet you’ve had for 15 yrs you will regret it. I hope this helps you

  8. J C:

    Yes, I’ve always stayed in the room. It’s been peaceful for the pet, and I want their last moments being held by someone who they know and love, not the vet. It’s the right thing to do, IMHO. It’s not easy, but at that moment it’s not about *you* it’s about the pet.

  9. Lori J:

    I did for both my dog and my cat. I would do it again.

    Find out how your vet clinic arranges it. My vet has a ‘comfort room’, a room set up like a living room with (fake) leather couches that the pet can sit on, or you can hold it in your lap. They gave me some time with my pet first. The actual process involved shaving a small area on the animal’s leg, injecting a sedative, and then euthing them. I petted them and rubbed their ears the whole time. When they died, they just quietly slumped down, and the vet checked for a heartbeat. Everybody was very kind.
    I took their bodies home to bury in the garden (digging a grave ahead of time would have been a good idea, but I didn’t think of that at the time). The vet even carried my dog out to the car for me, as I was a bit squeamish about it, and when we got to the car, he arranged Rex very carefully on the blanket. Like I said, everyone was very kind.

  10. Carol:

    I’ve been through 5 cat euthanasia’s & 2 dog euthanasia’s. It’s never an easy thing to do but you’ll want to be there to say good-by to your best friend. The vet will insert a needle into your pet’s vein & slowly inject the euthanasia solution. Your pet’s brain will stop functioning & the heart will stop beating. I know it’s a sad time for you & it will take time to get over the grieving process. You may even think you see your pet in a favorite resting spot after they’re gone. I had to have our 13 1/2 yr. old dog put down on July 18th & I still cry about him & miss him sometimes. It will be hard, but I know you are strong enough to be the last person your cat sees & knows it is loved. Bless you for being loving enough to want to be there for your cat & responsible enough to do what is right for her. And, yes, despite the pain I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  11. K N D:

    I was with my dog, who I grew up with, when we had her put down. It was soo sad. At the time I worked at the vet where we had it done, and I was good friends with all the people who helped. I was crying and everyone was hugging me. I now work at a smaller clinic and am present during many Euthanasias. I still get choked up and sometimes cry for other peoples pets passing. A lot of people choose not to be present. I always think though, like the comment before mine, it’s much more comforting to have someone you love holding you instead of a stranger when you go. Don’t be afraid of breaking down in histarics. People like me who work at vet clinics completely understand and feel for you. Most have gone through the same thing.
    It is a very peaceful way to go. They’ll give an injection of Euthisol (normally bright pink stuff) into her vain (in arm or neck). Your kitty will close her eyes, lay her head down, may take a few breaths, and then she’ll be gone. If the vet has an assistant hold the kitty and her leg (in order to hold off her vain while Dr. inserts the needle). You can stand in front of her so she can see you and scratch her head.
    I did see one case (only telling you this so you’re well informed) where the owners waited way too long to bring their kitty in to be put down. The cat was IN congestive heart failure. The cat was starving for oxygen and turning blue. The poor kitty was freaking out because she couldn’t get any oxygen and the Dr. couldn’t get her restrained well enough to give her the injection into her arm or neck. So he had to push it directly into her heart. Very hard to watch. That is a rare thing though.
    I will always be present when I have to put my pets to sleep. It brakes my heart every time a owner comes in with their companion of 15 years, hands them over to us, and just walks out the door. Leaving their pet to wonder what’s gonna happen.
    I hope this helps you, good luck, and my thoughts are with you.