1. Thanks for the information it is very helpful. I just lost my cat 2 days ago and it is very painful. Knowing the behaviors you listed helps. I didn’t know those things before. I don’t know all the answers to why he died, but it helps me to cope better. I feel like the night before he was not getting better like I had hoped, but preparing me. And he wanted to be near me. I’m glad I was able to spend that time with him. I will miss him so much! Thanks.

  2. Our cat is some 20 plus years old and though she declined for a long time, she is now not eating and hardly drinking. We have been going to comfort her at her box frequently and when she purrs it is loud and different than how she normally purred. She still will flip her tail once in a while. It is hard saying goodbye to her. Thank you for the information.

  3. My 18 year old best friend has cancer and is slowing down by the day, he seems to be loosing an interest in eating last couple days, he still purrs when I pet him…… This is so hard, I feel terrible when I have to go to work all day and am not able to be with him….my schedule has been lax recently which has allowed me to be near him more but it will ramp up a bit this week and I am afraid I may not be able to be here with him enough in what seems to be his last days 🙂 I just want to be able to comfort him as he needs it…I do not deal with the death of animals or pets well at all. it is and has been really hard.

  4. Excellent article, my cat has an enlarged heart and I have been told by my vet that she has a few months to live. I found your article as she is purring more than usual, and I wanted to know why, and you have explained why this so well. I’m not ready for my cat to die, but whilst I am reading your article in floods of tears, I feel I have a better understanding of what to expect. Thank you

  5. Your information and advice on your Website is so very helpful to me as I have an older cat, Oliver, who is in the process of dying. Your information was so much more helpful than any information I received from my local vet. Thank you so much.

  6. Thank you for this article. I’m currently sitting with my cat who is actively dying from mouth cancer. Tomorrow is the day. I know it’s best for him but it’s so hard. he’s in pain. He’s tired. He wants to eat but he can’t. I didn’t think it would be this hard. He’s been my best buddy for the last 9 1/2 years. We’ve been through so much together including the loss of my husband. I’m doing this on my own. It’s just so hard.

    1. I’m so sorry. I lost my 16 yr old on Mothers Day, just recently. Will be praying for you🙏🏼💜

  7. Thank you for all of your information. I think we will shortly be losing our 15 year old Simba, he looks to have cancer and is currently having steroid injections to keep him comfortable as he still has some fight in him, but I know any day now I will have to make that sad trip to the vets which all of us responsible pet owners do. I know have more insight from your post than I feel I had from my vets. I’m heartbroken already and he is still here at the moment, he has been my best friend and kept me sane through the Covid pandemic, gave me a reason to get out of bed every day. Bless you all that have or may shortly be losing your fur baby

  8. hello i have a russian blue long haired cat. she is 22 years old. i love her so much. recently her purring has gotten louder and her mouth seems to be open a little when purring. she is sleeping more, near me all the time, has some arthritis and i know its time to bring her to the vet. she is such a good girl. well trained also.. she would come and let me know when she used her litter box so that i could go and clean it out immediately.. she had me trained…!! ive had my first cat for 21 years and another cat for 4 years he then got cancer. ive had to put these cats down i know how hard it can be. i will miss makayla so much… i may take her to the vet tomorrow my vet is off today on wednesdays. i hate the thought of doing this… but i know it is for the best. i hope i have the strength to do this… she still eats, drinks her water, and moves her bowels regulary and urines regularly. just don’t know if its time yet… can you give me any suggestions? should i just let her go to kitty heaven now.. after 22 years, she had a wonderful life… thank you so much for your article and any reply you can give me.

    1. I’m so sorry that you’re going through this difficult time with your beloved Russian Blue. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but it’s important to do what is best for them. If you’re unsure about whether it’s time to say goodbye, it might be helpful to have a conversation with your vet about your cat’s quality of life and any treatment options that may be available. Your vet can help you understand what to expect in the coming days or weeks and can provide support and guidance as you make this difficult decision.

      In the meantime, it might be helpful to spend as much quality time with your cat as possible, providing her with plenty of love, affection, and comfort. It can also be helpful to let your other family members and friends know that your cat is not doing well, so they can provide support and comfort as well.

      Again, I’m so sorry for what you’re going through, and I hope that this information is helpful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions or concerns.

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