|Pebbles, the Queen, in better health|
I want to emphasize how important it is to know the right time for euthanization because many times animals are allowed to suffer when it would be much more humane for them to take that hike across the bridge. The first person you should consult is your vet; after working with your animal(s) for a while they will have a sense of when the end is drawing near. Talk to your pet sitter, for he or she has a regular one-on-one experience with your pet and will probably recognize the tell-tale signs. And of course, your day-to-day observations are the most important factor.
|The Rainbow Bridge|
Cats are one of the most calming of beings you will ever experience. My wife, Barbara, says, "How can you get upset when you look at a cat?" My mentor writer and good friend, Bill S. Ballinger, famous for his mystery novels and TV screen plays had his cat Little Boy who sat right beside him when he wrote. While our cats--there are three remaining, Teddy, Mickey and Minnie--don't sit with me when I write they are a constant presence that gives both Barb and me laughs and a sense of relaxation. Every writer should have a cat just to stay sane. Folks, all they want is to be loved.