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When kitty says goodbye

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help you make him/her comfortable before passing through heaven’s pearly gates... You won't always be able to heal kitty, but you can at least identify what he/she is going through and see him/her to as painless an end as achievable.

As a cat departs this life, even of old age rather than illness, his/her body is going to begin shutting down. He/she may show some of the same indications of weakness as does a sick cat, such as not making it to the litter box, not eating or resisting play time. His/her senses won't seem as keen as they once were, and he/she may not be able to see or hear you as effortlessly as before. His/her sense of touch is the only one that doesn't weaken, so he/she’ll never stop feeling your comforting strokes, not even at the end.

Even a feline that is characteristically glued to your lap may seek out solitude when he/she senses death nearing. It’s a God-given instinct. In the wild, a dying cat would seclude him/herself because he/she would know that he/she was susceptible to predators. This can also be a consequence of stress, as the deterioration of his/her senses and his/her on the whole sense of physical weakness may make him/her want to avoid any type of excitement or stimulation.

Dying felines often become noticeably lethargic, because they are physically weakened and because they basically don't feel the drive to play and exercise. Simply getting around the house can become a task for a dying cat, so don't be taken aback if all he/she wants to do is lay around. In severe cases, he/she may be destabilized to the point that he/she has intricacy getting up, walking about or climbing into the litter box.

Whereas some felines may choose seclusion in their ending days, some may take this time to be as close to their loved ones as possible. They may retreat to a beloved bed, blanket or pillow to make they feel at ease, and they may follow their owners unremittingly because they don't want to be alone. Whilst dying cats may show their contentment through purring, they may also purr as a survival mechanism -- purring has been proven to strengthen the cat's muscles, and may even discharge endorphins that help him/her handle whatever pain he/she’s going through.

Be there for your cat, no mater how much his/her departure breaks your heart. See kitty through to his/her true forever home in paradise.

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