Has anybody here ever euthanized their own cat or know a good, quick, humane method of doing so?
I have a 15 year old female cat in good shape and she's a fine friend but I know that the clock is ticking when they get to this age. She hates going to the vet and I would like her final exit to be a pleasant one and of course I hope she has some good years left.

I had a previous cat euthanized at home but the vet gave her some kind of sedative to chill her out before administering whatever it is they give (KCl?). Unfortunately, old Spice (not Old Spice) didn't appreciate the sedative and she kind of freaked out instead of chilled out before finally getting whacked. I didn't think this was a very nice way to peg out and I felt very bad for her.
They have "Final Exit" for humans. Is there an equivalent guide for pets?
I had a previous cat euthanized at home but the vet gave her some kind of sedative to chill her ... whacked. I didn't think this was a very nice way to peg out and I felt very bad for her.

The vet gave her Valium. With some cats they get hyper with Valium. I tried to do this with a squirrel to calm her before euthanization. Instead of getting calm she wanted to dump around and play which just made things worse. (She had a major head injury and was getting extremely deformed with a huge tumor on her head, just so you don't think I'd euthanize a healthy animal. She would have died after being in pain for a few days).
I would ask your vet to come to the house to administer the shot. Maybe they can give her a tiny bit of anesthesia before giving her the shot. That might work better than valium.
Has anybody here ever euthanized their own cat or know a good, quick, humane method of doing so? I have ... and I felt very bad for her. They have "Final Exit" for humans. Is there an equivalent guide for pets?

In a word, no. Even if you were skilled at administering injections, you couldn't obtain the drugs because of legal issues.

Sherry
Has anybody here ever euthanized their own cat or know a good, quick, humane method of doing so?

No, I know of no way to do it yourself humanely. Speak to your vet about your concerns at her next checkup. My vet will come to my house with a vet tech when the time comes.
BarB
Has anybody here ever euthanized their own cat or know a good, quick, humane method of doing so? I had ... Old Spice) didn't appreciate the sedative and she kind of freaked out instead of chilled out before finally getting whacked.

Please don't try to do this yourself. You would not have any way to take appropriate action if something goes wrong, and you could not legally use the drugs involved.
Some veterinarians will come to your home (as you have already described). Talk to the vet first about your earlier experience and express your concerns. I have never had a vet give my cats a tranquilizer. In each case, I held my cat (my "last gift of love") and soothed him/her. The vet administered a shot to anesthetize the spot (tiny needle) before euthanizing. My cats were never afraid or in pain at this time, and they died very quickly. The only suffering was my own.

I understand from your message that you are concerned about the welfare of your cat during his last minutes. I understand and appreciate that but what you are considering could lead to a much worse "exit" because you do not have the training to deal with any problems you might encounter.

MaryL
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Has anybody here ever euthanized their own cat or know a good, quick, humane method of doing so? I have ... and I felt very bad for her. They have "Final Exit" for humans. Is there an equivalent guide for pets?

At 15 . if she is healthy and still enjoying life, she could have several years left. Not all cats need to be put down some just go to sleep. I know some that did just that dogs too. Maybe she will be one of the lucky ones. Good luck.