The reason for this is that the cat may not actually need to be euthanized.
Another very important factor is the pain and trauma caused to the cat. If any animal does need to be euthanized it should be done in the quickest and most painless way possible. Therefore, animal euthanasia should only ever be carried out by trained professional veterinarians.
Pets are almost always euthanased by intravenous injection; the death usually takes around 30 seconds and does not cause the animal pain. A very high dose of pentobarbital or sodium thiopental is usually administered as it renders the animal unconscious quickly.
A cat or any other pet may need to be euthanized for a number of reasons, such as;
- If it has a Terminal illness - e.g. Cancer
- If it has Rabies
- If it has Behavioral issues that cannot be corrected
- If the animal had lost major bodily functions and was in pain.
It cannot be stressed enough however, that individuals should never take it upon themselves to euthanize an animal. This must be done by a trained professional and in many cases, it is illegal to do so without proper training and licenses.