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Old 11-17-2011, 10:12 AM
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What does it cost to euthanize a cat?

An elderly neighbor has an old cat in really, really sorry condition. Maybe she can't bring herself to face its loss, but I suspect it might be the cost of doing it that is the real problem. (She has three other cats, so she'd still have some pets to love.)

Every time I visit her I see this poor thing staggering around. He can't walk straight, there's like a kink in his back and it looks like the back half of him is going at a different angle than the front. And he's very old, and doesn't groom -- his coat is all matted and lumpy. I've mentioned the subject of 'a good death,' but she sort of changed the subject.

The cat still eats a lot, she says, (though he looks terribly skinny to me) and she says he's 'okay' and just sleeps a lot like old cats do, but I've heard him whimper when she picks him up and when she tries to hold him on her lap he can't settle down. I don't know if he's actually in pain most of the time, but he can't be having anything like a decent life now.

In case it's that she can't afford to pay the vet, I'm willing to take care of it. I won't just come out and say here's the money, I know she has pride. But I could say something about having a good friend that's a vet who does favors for me, and offering just to take the cat there to save her the hassles of transportation and heartache of being there, and maybe that would work.

Anyway, I'd just like to be prepared for how much it is likely to cost before I make the offer.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:25 AM
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Somewhere between nothing and $50, depending on the vet and the situation. You'd have to call around and check. If you know ahead of time whether your neighbor wants to be present at the euthanasia and what she wants to do with the remains, it will help the vet staff give you an accurate price quote. (Many vets put in an IV if the owner is going to watch the procedure, and if you leave the body with them they either have to have it group cremated or hauled away as biohazard waste, so that costs more.)
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:26 AM
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I would call some local vets and explain the situation and ask for a quote. I've noticed veterinary costs can vary a LOT by region. The actual euthanization costs around $50 in my are, which -- being New York City I expect is on the high side -- but there is also a sanitary disposal fee, or a (higher) fee for return of ashes if that's what you choose. Since disposal is a sunk cost (its required by law) mos't vets wont give you a discount on that, even if they do offer their time and supplies free/cheap. ETA: they will only let you take the body home if its actually legal for you to bury the animal on your property, which, generally speaking within municipal limits, it isn't. In rural areas you're usually fine burying at home.

Also some vets will come to your home for a euth for an additional charge. Not sure how you feel about springing for the additional cost but its a lot more palatable to a reluctant owner in some cases.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:43 AM
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It cost about a $100 to euthanize my cat where I live. Disposal was extra. It was all pretty pricey, but I didn't have a choice, it needed to be done.

I would also suggest you check with your local SPCA or animal control. I know in this city, they offer low cost euthanasia to stop people from trying do it yourself solutions or just dumping sick and elderly animals.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:00 AM
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Sadly, just had to do it a couple years ago

Was about $80 IIRC. Hard to remember exactly cuz we got her ashes put in a nice urn which now resides on a bookshelf right next to a photoalbum of her. The urn/ashes thing cost about $200 more.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:10 AM
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Humane Society here (Genesee county, Michigan) does it for $10, but you can't be with the animal, I'm told.
One vet I go to with rescue cats and dogs is inexpensive and gives a break to rescue organizations....he charged me $35 to euth an incurably ill and injured dog I picked up earlier this year. Disposal would have about doubled the cost, as I recall. My regular vet is about twice the cost of the rescue vet.

Really, vet costs vary so much I think you will need to call around for quotes.

I think it's very kind of you to do this.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:16 AM
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Can't answer your question, but I just want to say I wish everyone had a neighbor like you.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:19 AM
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IME, $120 for euthanasia and disposal.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:35 PM
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You might be able to get a "good Samaritan" discount from a vet if you explain the situation. We once brought in a kitten that had been hit by a car and suffered a spinal cord injury (among other injuries) and the vet charged only half his normal fee.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:17 PM
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Okay, thank you all for your answers. It looks like anything from $35 to $125 is likely.

Yes, I'll call around. Hopefully the vet in the next town is on the lower end, just because IME cats HATE being in cars (I had a cat howl continuously through a four hour trip once.) and a shorter trip would be easier for both me and the cat.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:35 PM
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Okay, thank you all for your answers. It looks like anything from $35 to $125 is likely.

Yes, I'll call around. Hopefully the vet in the next town is on the lower end, just because IME cats HATE being in cars (I had a cat howl continuously through a four hour trip once.) and a shorter trip would be easier for both me and the cat.
A completely covered crate or carrier may be helpful for some cats. Or even - for many - a pillowcase so the cat can move about but not see or get freaked.
For the most part, cats are calmed by darkness so anything that blocks out an unusual view will really help
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:54 PM
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A couple of years ago I took in an abandoned cat (it was declawed), but soon had to euthanize it. The charge was $25 for the burial and the vet waived her charges. (Probably because I was crying so much.)
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:38 PM
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A .22 shell is less than a dime.

Just saying.

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Old 11-17-2011, 07:14 PM
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A .22 shell is less than a dime.

Just saying.
Yeah, and it's messy and can be botched and cause the poor animal tremendous stress and pain in its final moments, and most of all:

It would be an absolutely horrific and traumatic experience for the owner who's loved this creature probably for a decade or more to see it treated like that!!!


If you think cats are 'disposable' unfeeling animals and their owners pathetic losers then keep it to yourself, asshole.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:21 PM
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Can't take a joke? Then get a life.

There was a smilie on my post for a reason. The op's question had already been answered. jokes are ok in GQ after serious answers are provided.

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Old 11-17-2011, 11:59 PM
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Yeah, but some jokes are cruel, heartless and unfeeling. Not to mention not funny at all. This one definitely falls into that catagory.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:34 AM
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No it doesn't.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:34 AM
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Yeah, but some jokes are cruel, heartless and unfeeling. Not to mention not funny at all. This one definitely falls into that catagory.
I must admit I laughed, but then again, I was finding it hard not to post "the bus fair to the Chinese restaurant" so my sense of humour might be a tad more twisted than most.

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Old 11-18-2011, 12:58 AM
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I must admit I laughed, but then again, I was finding it hard not to post "the bus fair to the Chinese restaurant" so my sense of humour might be a tad more twisted than most.
I guffawed. I can't wait to see the butthurt induced by that one.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:02 AM
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Residents in San Bernardino County, California, may have a pet euthanized by the Humane Society for no charge.

A vet assistant will escort you to a private room, and inject the animal in your presence. All the workers there are extremely gentle and compassionate, especially at such an emotional time. After we had one very geriatric cat put to sleep, the assistant gave me a card expressing her sorrow at my time of loss.


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Old 11-18-2011, 01:33 AM
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Some do it yourselfers advocate helium hypoxia -How to euthanize old dog at home?
(see post 26)
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:21 AM
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A .22 shell is less than a dime.

Just saying.
Substitute a loved person for the cat, and see if you still think it's funny. We don't euthanize people, although one doctor in particular was doing it. If we euthanize loved pets, why can't we euthanize people? But it's not a joking matter.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:09 AM
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Substitute a loved person for the cat, and see if you still think it's funny. We don't euthanize people, although one doctor in particular was doing it. If we euthanize loved pets, why can't we euthanize people? But it's not a joking matter.
I cried when my feline best friend was killed when I was younger, but it doesn't mean I can't deal with the pain with a joke.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:37 AM
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I cried when my feline best friend was killed when I was younger, but it doesn't mean I can't deal with the pain with a joke.
That doesn't give you the right to assume the same is true of anyone else.

"I was just joking! Geez, can't you take a joke?" is often the refrain of perpetuators of passive-aggressive cruelty. It's not a get-out-of-jail-free card for being a jerk.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:13 AM
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A .22 shell is less than a dime.

Just saying.
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Can't take a joke? Then get a life.

There was a smilie on my post for a reason. The op's question had already been answered. jokes are ok in GQ after serious answers are provided.
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aceplace57. Just because joke answers are allowed, it doesn't mean that some joke answers are necessary.

Given the tone and subject of the thread, it would have been better to not post that.

samclem, Moderator

Closing the thread since it's been answered and before it digresses further.
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