How Much Does Cat Euthanasia Cost?
Cat euthanasia is common among senior cats. It is during this time that these animals start to lose their normal functioning and their body slowly begins to shut down. “Euthanasia” is commonly known as mercy killing; some say that it is a kindness to put the cat to sleep peacefully rather than watch it suffer in the last days of its life.
How much is it?
- The price for cat euthanasia differs from one area to another and by the size of the cat. However, the average cost among veterinarians ranges from $45 to $150.
- The cost for euthanasia also varies if you will personally bring the cat to the vet’s office or if you ask for a home-based service.
- One user based in the state of Wisconsin had paid $65 to put their cat down at the local vet. The geographical area can be a factor in the pricing.
What are the extra costs?
- A home based service will cause you to spend additional charges for the euthanasia. The additional fee will make the total cost to range from $140 to $300.
- After euthanasia, the burial of the cat will cost more. This will either lead you to cremation or a cemetery burial. This is an optional choice for pet owners. If you choose to just have the cat body disposed appropriately by the vet, a disposal fee will be charged accordingly.
- Urns can cost $30 to $100, while burial at a local pet cemetery can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.
What is going to be included?
- The whole euthanasia service will include the catheter that is used as a method for the administration of medication.
- The medicine itself that is vital in shutting down the heart is included in the procedure. The disinfectant and sedatives are included as well.
- If you chose to have a package service, which also cost higher than the usual price, this will include services such as cremation, nameplate, and momentos.
When to put your cat to sleep:
- Look for unusual movement from your cat. You’ll generally be able to tell when a cat is in pain.
- If your cat is unable to pick up its head.
- If the cat doesn’t move and shows no interest in items such as food, treats, and toys.
- If the cat can no longer control its bodily functions such as urination issues.
- If there are breathing issues or the cat refuses to eat and/or drink.
How can I save money?
- Search among different local vet clinics and try to compare their prices as well as the services included in their package.
- Make sure that the amount that you are going to pay is worthy for the kind of services and procedures that they are going to include with your payment.
- Euthanasia is not the only option; pain medication can be prescribed to ease the pain and relax the cat in its last days. These medications can cost a lot less than euthanasia. It’s best to consult with a vet to explore your options as many find that euthanasia isn’t even an option.