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Dear all,  

I am new here and I would like to ask you something. My 15 yo cat has been diagosed with lung cancer (a lump). The vet says the best thing is to put her to sleep. She is now with cortisone in the animal hospital, I'll pick her up tomorrow, see if she eats anything here in the house and whenever she gets worse take her again to the vet for the final decision, t might be hours I just don't know. But she is having the worst of times there and I want her to be home for a while again. This cat has been with me since I am 15, it's a part of my life, she's been always there somehow,  since I was a teenager until I became an adult, went to college, got a job etc I just can't picture my life without her...

I live in spain btw; the vet told me we can have the option of being by her side while she is euthanised or stay outside. I feel like I want to hold her little paw till the very last moment but I don't know if it's going to be ever harder to overcome the grief if I see it, whether it will be even more traumatic. I also don't know if I am capable to be there. she's my little baby and I just want to make her healthy again ...Can anyone help me a little? what do you think? I know it's my personal decision but as you all are or have been going through the same thing, I wanted to ask for an opinion
needless to say, I am very very sorry for losing your best friends

Alexandra

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I am so sorry for the pain you are both going through and I understand your hesitation, for me I held my boy in my arms ( at home )as the vet helped him pass over and I wouldn't have it any other way. It is hard , I must admit but I always promised myself that I would be there when his time came. For me, Shadow was always there  even when he was in so much pain and I didn't know at the time how bad it was....he always wanted to be where I was and always had a lick for his Mom, regardless of how much he hurt. So I felt there was no other option...that was the least I could do for him.
That said you must follow your heart , your precious pet will understand and will love you regardless . I wish you all the best ...love her while you can and tell her how much she means to you.

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I am so sorry for the pain you are both going through and I understand your hesitation, for me I held my boy in my arms ( at home )as the vet helped him pass over and I wouldn't have it any other way. It is hard , I must admit but I always promised myself that I would be there when his time came. For me, Shadow was always there  even when he was in so much pain and I didn't know at the time how bad it was....he always wanted to be where I was and always had a lick for his Mom, regardless of how much he hurt. So I felt there was no other option...that was the least I could do for him.
That said you must follow your heart , your precious pet will understand and will love you regardless . I wish you all the best ...love her while you can and tell her how much she means to you.


thank you so much Shadowkins, I'm sure Shadow is in heaven and always in your heart.
I think the time is near, she's been back for 7 hours now and just lays there not moving and hasn't eaten in about 4 days. 
I never knew it would be so painful to make a decision but at least I have a chance to  say goodbye...gathering old photos, talking to her, remembering times etc

take care and thanks again 

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I am so sorry for your pain during this process. I am new here as well (as of today). My little Maxine, a darling little doggy that was my soulmate for 8 1/2 years was diagnosed with Carcinoma, which basically means she had cancer EVERYWHERE, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes... For about a month I noticed she wasn't the same, and then about 2 weeks ago she just took a turn for the very worse. 

She wouldn't eat, she vomited so much we were up with her many nights holding her. We took her to the vet so many times, so many tests, and then finally took her to an internal medicine specialist and there they were able to diagnose that she was very, very ill with the worst kind of cancer non-treatable by drugs or chemotherapy. Therefore, that day, this past Saturday 8.18.12, we went to the hospital, played with her, held her, cried for hours and then we held her together (my partner and I) and laid her to rest. It would have been very selfish on our part to take her home as she was in a very bad condition... 

I wanted to share this with you so you know that you are not alone, but sometimes taking them out of their pain and you being there while we put their pain to rest and help them pass together, is the only remaining choice we have... 

Best wishes to you and may our little furry ones whom we adore RIP forevermore... 

Natalie 



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Get all the medicines she needs to stave off symptoms, take her home, love her and hold her and make her comfortable. Spend every minute with her, tell her how much you love her, etc. Keep calm for her, just focus on love. If tears fall, let them, but don't let her know how much you are suffering with pain.
Then call out the vet and have her put to sleep at home, on her own bed. Hold her and stroke her fur till the last breath goes from her. It will hurt. There's no way round this. It hurts so much.
But you will have said a sweet goodbye to her, she will be taken away from the stress at the vet's for a while, and will know she's at home. They always like to be at home.
It might be wise to tell the vet about your decision first, so they can give you a number to call for a call-out.
I am so sorry, I know what this is like.

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