The decision as to whether or not to put your cat to sleep is a deeply personal one. But as much as most people would prefer not to think about, external factors can come to effect your decision. One of these factors is often price. Because as much as we would like to promise that nothing will get in the way of us giving our beloved animal companion all the medical assistance they might require – up to any cost – sadly, for almost everyone, budget is going to be a consideration.
Unfortunately, the same is true for giving your furry friend the help they might need to move on from their suffering in this world. How much does it cost to put a cat to sleep is a question that will often occur when pet owners are wondering what is best for their old or terminally ill cat.
In this article, we’ll first take a look at the possible price range of cat euthanasia costs. Then we will try to take in some further considerations which might affect that price for you and your particular situation. Finally, we will look at the decision itself and how you can know best whether it is time to make that heartrending choice.
The price range for cat euthanasia cost in the UK ranges from around £100 for a visit to a clinic, which may well be for a time limited appointment and the environment may not give you the compassion and closeness you would like. Upto around £300 for a gentle un-rushed procedure in your own home, surrounded by yourself, the rest of their family and the security and familiarity of the place they love.
The wide variety of numbers you’ll see when trying to figure out how much to put a cat down costs will largely be due to the above. It’s the experience that you want you, your family and your cat to have. As much as we would like to avoid this, the budget you have may also be a determining factor.
Elements which can dramatically alter the price might include:
Different veterinarians in different countries will charge different amounts depending on their local markets. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this.
The skills, qualifications and training of your vet
The experience and qualifications of your vet may influence the amount they feel able to charge. Obviously, the more experience that they have is more desirable – especially when it comes to giving your animal companion a stress-free and peaceful goodbye.
Cats, in particular, can make for uncooperative patients. They frequently want to move around and squirm even when very ill. The skills and experience needed to keep firm yet gentle control so that the initial anaesthetic can be applied (never let any vet put down your pet without putting them to sleep first. The distress caused by trying to locate a vein or shave them while they are conscious is simply cruel) are surprisingly high.
While clinic-based options are generally cheaper, having your pet put to sleep in the environment in which they feel most comfortable and cared for is always to be seen as superior. Most pet lovers would say that you can’t put a price on your pet’s comfort and happiness. Even in their final hours, this remains true. In-home euthanasia for cats does tend to be more expensive. But you do also get peace of mind for that price – as well as the ability to save yourself and your pet from a potentially very stressful journey down to your local vet’s clinic.
If there are any people that you trust implicitly to help you make your decision, it is time to speak to them. You should also definitely consult your vet when your cat approaches old age or after they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Your primary consideration should always be your cat’s quality of life. Bear in mind that while you will undoubtedly experience great pain at their loss, forcing them to keep living in pain just to put off your own may be something you feel deeply guilty about later down the line.
By taking into account what your vet tells you about their condition, the quality of life you can expect for them during their age or illness and the various factors which effect how much it costs to euthanise a cat, you will be best equipped to make the decision which feels like the right one for everyone concerned.