Dood, purlease explain to my peon/mama why looking out the front door 6ft to the west of my window seat is so important. I have to throw temper tantrums, everyday dood, in front of the front door for like 20 mins or until I get bored to get the door opened to look out! Unbelievable right? She sometimes acquiesces to my demands but most times tells me no. Yes, you heard that right She says no to me?! She says it’s not safe, it makes our home hotter/colder, blah, blah, blah. Dood, you are a wordsmith, so if any can explain it so she understands it’s you!
Dear Puddzee Pye’s Peon: Look. It’s simple If you don’t want to endure daily tantrums of an increasing nature—and eventually she will treat your things to a toothy death—you might as well cave in at the first request and open the door. Get a good screen door, like a security door, and increase the heating/cooling budget, then just leave the sucker open. Otherwise life will become nonstop OPEN THE DOOR OPEN THE DOOR OPEN THE DOOR and eventually you’ll become an online ONDOR meme, but without the Game of Throne royalties to ease the pain.
Max, it’s summer! What’s your favorite part of summer?
Max, I know this is a very deep personal case by case question to ask, but I just need to ask it . If you don’t want to print it, I understand. But from your unique perspective of being an older and very wise cant learned cat, I thought you might have some personal opinions on this. If a kitty is older and has developed health problems and there is not enough financial resources to provide or there IS not treatment available, what do you think about letting the kitty go in her/his own environment, instead of being unnaturally sticked with a sleeper shot, then ending their life with another shot? Some people tell me I am being cruel for wanting my kitty to be in the safety of her own home in her last days, and letting nature take its course as it has for generations and eons. Max what do you think?
I know this is supposed to be a somewhat humorous blog without big hairy questions asked, but I am desperate for direction. What do you think Max? I have taken my kitty to the vet already. They always want to put sticks in them with shots .
Barbie , sad cat mom
Well, for me the idea has always been that I want to go before life starts to hurt so much. Yes, cats in the wild and feral cats are at the whim of nature and die when they die, wherever they happen to be, but personal pets aren’t left to the whims of nature. A good part of why people have them is to protect them from the things that nature throws at them.
If she’s not in pain or sick and is just old, that’s one thing. But if there’s a health issue at play, and there’s no remedy, kindness has to win. Dying sick, or in pain, might be natural, but it’s rarely kind. I know that were it me, if my quality of life had declined to the point where I enjoyed nothing, my people would have the temerity to let me go.
I would rather be taken from this life a week too early than suffer and leave it a day too late.
There’s nothing inherently wrong about euthanasia when it’s in the best interest of the pet. No one should have to suffer through their last days if it can be helped; in this, people do for their loved pets what they cannot do for their loved people, and it’s a good thing.
Look at her closely. Ask her how she feels. If you know she’s at the end and she’s done, the kind thing is to utilize what you have available and use the assistance of the vet to let her go. There are vets who will come to your home and perform the service there, where she’s most comfortable, but the most important thing is the quality of life that she has. Doing this is not “unnatural.” It’s a kindness, and one I hope is offered to me if my twilight days are of such a declining nature that I’m no longer happy and pain free, longing for a darkness that is, despite the wishes of the people who love me, coming.
Find your braveness in doing what’s right, whether its keeping your kitty at home where life is comfortable and the end doesn’t hurt, or if it means allowing someone to help her find her way from this end to a new beginning. I can’t tell you what that rightness is, only what I would want for me.
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