Should you be considering cat euthanasia at home?

Let’s explore the reasons for cat euthanasia so you can make the right decision about your pet.

Severe illness

Cats can have conditions that affect their quality of life and cause them pain and suffering. Euthanasia can be a compassionate way to end their misery.

Behavioural issues

Cats can have problems that endanger themselves and their owners, such as aggression. Euthanasia can be a last resort when no other solution works.

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Our at-home cat euthanasia services include:
  • Gentle sedation to ease any pain or discomfort and ensure your cat is calm and relaxed
  • A CAETA-certified, caring Veterinarian dedicated to and trained in Best Practice Euthanasia
  • A dedicated Care Team to make all arrangements and help you navigate this difficult time. From pre-euthanasia planning, your cat’s quality of life and timing for the home visit, to whether kids or other pets should be present and your options for aftercare, cremation and pet loss support to help cope with the emotional impact of cat euthanasia.
  • Peaceful cat euthanasia at home
  • Ink paw print keepsakes & lock of fur in a beautiful glass vial

The cost of this service is $495

Travel/toll charges may apply for some locations. This excludes the cost of aftercare & cremation. Please read below for more information.

Aftercare & Cremation Options

There is no right or wrong option, it is a personal decision and we will help you decide what is right for you, your family and beloved Cat:

Private Cremation

  • Gentle transfer for cremation
  • Respectful Individual Cremation
  • Your Cat’s ashes hand delivered home in a personalised memorial keepsake of your choice
  • Cat loss support and grief counselling for you and your family
  • From $385

Communal Cremation

  • Gentle transfer for cremation
  • Respectful communal cremation with other loved Cats and no ashes returned
  • The cost of this service is $275

Animal Donation Program

  • Gentle transfer by the University of Sydney
  • Additional charges may apply if the University is not available and our team respectfully transfers your Cat into their care.
  • More information about the Animal Donation Program can be found on their website.

Home Burial or Cat Cemetery

  • If you wish to bury your Cat at home, please check with your local council to ensure you understand the regulations and legality.
  • There is also the option to have your Cat buried at a Cat cemetery.

How does it work?

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Our dedicated Care Team will provide advice and help you decide on the best next step.

In-Home Euthanasia

We will make all the arrangements on your behalf and can help plan all aspects of your appointment – from the timing of your visit, to whether kids should be present, to how to help other pets cope with the loss of their companion.

Aftercare & Cremation

We can make all aftercare & cremation arrangements on your behalf, so you can spend quality time with your loved one until the very end.

Pet Loss Support & Grief Counselling

If needed, we can also arrange pet loss support counselling for adults and children to ensure your family is fully supported both before and after the passing of your best friend.

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Kristl, Sydney

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for assisting us with our beautiful boy’s passing yesterday, I honestly don't know how we would ever have got through it without your support and love. You have no idea how much you all made an unbearably painful day bearable, and we will be forever grateful. I couldn't have asked for a more peaceful calm passing for our sweetheart.

Junia, Sydney

We loved the thoughtfulness of all of the little sensitive touches, the candle, the paw print, a little vial of fur, the lovely nest that Wanda was taken away in, all comfy and snuggly. Us all sitting on the floor with Wanda in my lap, talking about our animals and sharing stories. All of these touches made this experience something more of a rite of passage – and none of these things were lost on myself and I am sure my spirited cat knew and could pass in peace.

Tian, Sydney

This was our first euthanasia experience. We’ve always supported pain-free passing, but actually witnessing how peaceful it was for Tom has strengthened our belief that everyone should be offered the opportunity to have a dignified & gentle passing surrounded by their loved ones. We can’t recommend RYPs enough for those that want to give their pets a “good” death.

Amy, Sydney

They made one of the hardest days of my life, as I said goodbye to my best friend, a perfect end to a beautiful life. I am eternally grateful. A million thanks.

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Cat Euthanasia FAQs

What is the process for cat euthanasia?

First, a gentle sedation will be given to ensure your cat is comfortable and relaxed. Once everyone is ready and has said goodbye, a euthanasia solution is given that induces rapid unconsciousness, stops the heart, and ultimately results in a peaceful passing without pain or distress. Afterwards, your cat’s body will be handled with care, and aftercare (cremation, burial or donation) will be facilitated in line with your wishes. The exact process will vary depending on the veterinarian performing the procedure. For more information, contact us or visit our blog on the topic.

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How long does a cat euthanasia take?

Our euthanasia appointments are usually 1 hour, which gives us plenty of time to allow your cat to relax with medication and personalise the appointment before giving the final medication. The euthanasia drug itself works within just a couple of minutes, and sometimes less in cats that are very ill. We will give you as much time as you need and help you to take mementos such as clippings of fur or paw prints. The euthanasia process normally takes between 20 and 40 minutes if facilitated at your local vet clinic. Contact us or your local vet for details, or visit our blog on the topic.

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How much does cat euthanasia cost?

The cost of cat euthanasia can vary widely depending on various factors, such as your location, the veterinary clinic or service you choose, and any additional services or options you select. It’s important to discuss the cost and options with your veterinarian or the veterinary service you plan to use. They can provide a clear estimate and help you make decisions based on your preferences and budget. Additionally, some pet insurance policies may cover cat euthanasia expenses, so it’s worth checking your policy if you have one. Contact our team today for a personalised quote of costs for a compassionate at-home cat euthanasia service.

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Is euthanasia painful for cats?

Euthanasia is a peaceful and comfortable process allowing a cat to pass without pain, anxiety or suffering. Your cat might be aware of a slight pinch when the first medication is given but no other unpleasant feelings. They will fall into a deep sleep calmly and comfortably before their final medication is given, a barbiturate anaesthetic that slows and stops their breathing and heart. A cannula may be placed to gain intravenous access for this medication to be given, but they will be unconscious when this occurs. Find out more about putting your cat to sleep here.

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Can a cat wake up after euthanasia?

Euthanasia is a compassionate procedure that brings about painless, swift unconsciousness and the peaceful passing of animals, guaranteeing minimal pain, discomfort, or distress. After the administration of the final euthanasia drug and the cessation of the heartbeat, a cat will have transitioned into a tranquil state of rest. It’s important to note that once the veterinarian has confirmed that the heart has stopped, the cat will not wake up, even with medical intervention. To find out more about putting your cat down read more here.

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Do cats feel euthanasia?

Every effort is taken to ensure every cat euthanasia is as peaceful and comfortable as possible. Your cat may feel a slight pinch from the initial medication, but they won’t experience any further discomfort. They will peacefully slip into a deep, relaxed sleep before the final step: the administration of a barbiturate anesthetic that gently slows down and eventually stops their breathing and heartbeat. Sometimes, a cannula may be inserted to facilitate intravenous access for this medication, but it’s important to note that your cat will remain unconscious and comfortable throughout this process. You can find out more about our Cat Euthanasia Appointments here.

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Does euthanasia hurt a cat?

When it comes to cat euthanasia, every effort is made to ensure that your cat won’t experience any pain, stress or discomfort. It is our priortiy to ensure a peaceful and comfortable experience when you put your cat down. The initial medication may cause your cat to feel a slight pinch, but there won’t be any further discomfort. Your cat will gently transition into a deep and relaxed sleep.
The final step involves the administration of a barbiturate anesthetic, which gently and progressively slows down their breathing and heartbeat. A cannula may be placed to facilitate intravenous access for this medication. It’s crucial to understand that throughout this process, your cat will remain in a state of comfort. You can find out more about our Cat Euthanasia Appointments here.

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How much does it cost to put your cat to sleep at home?

The price of cat euthanasia depends on several factors, including your geographical location, the veterinary clinic or service provider you opt for, and any supplementary services or choices you make. If you’re interested in a personalised quote for a compassionate in-home euthanasia service, please contact our team today.
Engaging in a conversation about costs and available options with your veterinarian or the chosen veterinary service is essential. They can provide you with a clear estimate and assist you in making decisions in line with your preferences and budget. Additionally, it’s advisable to check if your pet insurance policy covers euthanasia expenses if you have one.

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How do I prepare for euthanising my cat?

Preparing for cat euthanasia involves careful consideration and emotional preparation. We recommend consulting your veterinarian to discuss the process and options. Decide whether the euthanasia will take place at the clinic or at home, considering your cat’s comfort. Arrange who will be present during the procedure and what items, like their favourite blanket or toy, will provide comfort. Plan how to spend those final moments, perhaps with treats or gentle affection. Be prepared for the emotional weight of the decision, and seek support from friends or family if needed. Lastly, discuss aftercare options with your vet, including cremation or burial. For more ideas on how to honour the life of your cat before euthanasia, read our blog ‘Honouring the Life of yor Pet’

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What drug is used for euthanasia of cats?

The medication that we use for cat euthanasia is a gentle anaesthetic called sodium pentobarbitol. It is well-known for its swift and reliable action, offering a humane farewell. Within a couple of minutes of administering the medication, your cat’s breathing will slow down, followed by the heart, which will eventually stop beating. The whole process is very peaceful and ensures that your cat will pass away in their sleep without feeling anything at all. If you are considering euthanasia for your cat, visit our blog on ‘How Do I Know When It’s Time?’ or contact our team.

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What is the process of cat euthanasia?

Euthanasia is a peaceful and comfortable process allowing a cat to pass without pain, anxiety or suffering. It involves a veterinarian providing calming sedation, and then a final medication to stop their breathing and heart. It is a humane procedure aimed at preventing or ending suffering. If you are considering euthanasia for your cat, visit our blog on ‘How Do I Know When It’s Time?’

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When to consider euthanasia in cats?

Determining when to consider euthanasia for your cat is a profoundly personal and emotional decision. There are, however, certain factors to evaluate. First and foremost, consult with your veterinarian for their professional guidance. Consider your cat’s overall quality of life, looking at factors like pain, mobility, appetite, and enjoyment of daily activities. Chronic, unmanageable pain or suffering, incurable illnesses, and a significant decline in well-being may indicate it’s time to discuss euthanasia. Your veterinarian can help you assess these factors and provide guidance, but ultimately, the decision should prioritise your cat’s comfort and well-being, ensuring a dignified and compassionate farewell when the time is right. Get in touch with our team today for personalised advice and compassionate support.

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