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November 15, 2008


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You raise an intriguing issue. There are real quality of life issues sometimes, with both pets and people, but often it is the caretakers quality of life that is really at stake. People get tired of being caretakers, even when the person they are caring for is content, or relatively so, with their life. And this is why society must really give more attention to the issue of caretakers. No one should be expected to be a sole caretakers, or to do it constantly without regular reprieve. It needs to be an act of joy and devotion, not numb duty.

Now, to the serious cat issue. When I had my cat put down, I felt guilt because I hadnt figured out what was going on earlier so I could have at least gotten him pain killer for his last couple of days. The vet assured me, however, that it is almost impossible for an untrained human to recognize suffering in a cat. They wont let on. The purring? Purring is self-soothing as much as it is a sign of pleasure. Dont put too much stock in it. Pay attention to the other cats. They sense distress, which is why they are hanging back. Ask the vet directly what to expect. You dont want to be kicking yourself for not understanding how dire things are, if they are indeed actually dire.


Interesting, yanub,I never knew that purring could be an attempt to self-sooth, which could be a sign that the cat is in pain. I'll watch my own cat more closely.

And quality of life - sure, I think it is good to look at the quality of life of everyone in the family.

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