How To Tell When A Cat Is Dying

How To Tell When A Cat Is Dying


Cats, like other animals and humans, die. The difference is that cats are very good at hiding their pain and may not exhibit many symptoms until their dying stages. Cats are also adept at hiding when they’re injured or ill, so if you notice a change in behavior, it’s important to check on your cat and see what’s causing the change.

How to Recognize the End of Life in Cats

  • Cat is not eating or drinking.
  • Cat is not using the litter box.
  • Cat is not moving around, especially in the back legs. This will indicate an inability to walk or run normally.
  • Cat is not grooming itself, as this indicates a loss of interest in one’s own appearance and can be an indication that something is wrong with your cat’s health.
  • A lack of interaction with family members and friends also indicates that something may be wrong with your cat’s health, as they are usually very social animals who enjoy human contact! If they are not interacting with anyone at all anymore it could mean that they have lost interest in everything around them due to illness or injury (or worse).

What Happens Before a Cat Dies?

  • Signs of pain. If a cat is in pain, she will be reluctant to move and may show signs of distress such as crying out, trembling or walking abnormally.
  • Signs of discomfort. If your cat feels uncomfortable, she’ll either want to be left alone or stay close to you so you can provide comfort and care for her needs.
  • Signs of weakness or fatigue. Cats often feel weak before they die because the body has shut down and there isn’t enough energy left to perform daily activities like grooming themselves or playing with toys.
  • Loss of appetite/loss of interest in eating food: When cats lose their appetite before death they often won’t eat food at all which is a sign that death is near because they can’t digest it properly anymore – this means their body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to survive so it begins shutting down organ systems one by one until there’s nothing left!

Know When to Say Goodbye

When you notice that your cat is not eating, drinking or using the litter box, it’s time to say goodbye. If they’re in pain and need euthanasia, this also means it’s time to say goodbye.

But if your cat has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or is too sick to recover (even with medication), you may want to consider keeping them comfortable at home until their natural death occurs. This way you can be there for them when they take their last breath and be there for those left behind (i.e., yourself).

Keeping Your Dying Cat Comfortable and Pain-Free

If you suspect that your cat is dying, there are some things you can do to make sure they’re as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Here are some tips for making sure your cat stays warm, hydrated, and calm:

  • Keep them in a safe place. A cool room with a blanket or towel on the floor will help keep them warm. You may also want to put soft blankets around the perimeter of their bed so they don’t have to move around much to get comfy. Be sure not to leave them alone during this time—they’ll need someone nearby who can take care of them if anything goes wrong!
  • Keep them hydrated by providing fresh water in several different bowls throughout the day so that it’s easy for them access when needed without having too much trouble getting up off the floor (which could be painful). For example: one bowl next door another two closer together near where they sleep/rest most nights so they don’t waste any time walking across whole house looking for something drinkable instead just taking few steps over doorway threshold into bedroom area where most everything important happens anyways so why bother going outside?

Saying Goodbye to Your Cat

When a cat is dying, you will see an increase in the number of times they cry. You might also notice that they are begin to cry at night and during the day. This is normal because cats don’t like being alone and when they know that their time is up, they will want to spend as much time with you as possible.

There are some things that you should never do while your cat is dying:

  • Don’t be afraid of letting them go when it’s time for them to leave this world.
  • Don’t be afraid of crying if your heart needs it or even if there are tears coming from your eyes because this means that what happened was real and not just a dream.
  • Don’t be afraid of saying goodbye either because this proves how much love there was between both parties involved (you & your pet).

Know your cat and know their pain levels will help you keep them happy and comfortable.

  • Know your cat. Cats are highly individual, and each has its own personality. Knowing how your cat behaves and reacts to certain situations can help you determine when it’s time to say goodbye.
  • Know their pain levels. Cats don’t like being in pain, so if a cat is showing signs of discomfort or injury, that’s something to be aware of as well. If they seem agitated by their discomfort, they may want relief from it!
  • Keep them comfortable and happy while they’re still here with us—then say goodbye when the time comes.*


The cat’s body will begin the slow process of shutting down, and you’ll be able to see the signs that it’s time to say goodbye. It can be hard to watch your beloved pet go through this natural process of death, but when you do find yourself in this situation, remember that there are resources out there for you. You can also talk with a veterinarian about your concerns or questions surrounding euthanasia and other options available when your pet is dying or terminally ill.

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