Looking for peace of mind that my cat wasn't in pain before she died.
My cat appeared to have trouble eating; I thought she might have bad teeth causing her pain so I took her to the vet. Vet said she did have a bad tooth but it was unlikely to cause her so much pain that she would have trouble eating and was more concerned that her bladder was full. Was told to keep an eye on her at home and check whether she was urinating.
At home she was still using her litter try but I never saw any urine. It was hard to tell if she was urinating because she spent time in the garden. Then a few days later she looked like she was finding it hard to get comfortable. Usually she would curl up and sleep on my lap for hours but she started stretching out on the floor and sleeping there.
I took her back to the vets who examined her bladder and abdomen. The cat then appeared to go into shock, started breathing rapidly, urinating and defecating. Vet said the way she was breathing was not good, she was in pain and injected her with Vetergesic for pain relief and antibiotics (to rule out infection). She said it wasn't looking good and it would be best for her to leave her to be x-rayed and collect her later.
She called me later at home to say the x-ray had shown an internal mass that may be pressing on organs and the kindest thing would be to put her down. She also said something may have popped when she was being examined.
I said I would like to see her before making the decision to put her down. They said that she was sleeping from the sedation given for the x-ray. I feel awful as they gave her a reversal sedative so she would wake up and I would be able to say goodbye. I feel extremely guilty that when she woke up she may have been in pain and the shock of everything caused her to pass away.
They were not sure what caused her to pass away but said it would be likely if I have left her at home she would have died from the internal mass.
My main questions is - is it likely that the x-ray sedative and reversal would have counteracted the Vetergesic, meaning she would have been in pain when she woke?
Looking back the kindest thing would have been to leave her to sleep rather than me getting them to wake her up. But I wasn't thinking straight at all at the time, all I wanted to do was collect her and take her home to make the hard decision overnight.