As some of you may have read in my other post, my 12 year old cat is dying of hyperthyroidism. I've always felt that our pets should die at home with us there, provided they are not appearing to be suffering too much or for too long. Maybe I shouldn't even worry about this yet, but I have to plan ahead. I might say some things that upset some people, but I'm looking for support, I guess. My daughter is moving to another state to go to graduate school. We've rented a moving truck and have planned to take her on Saturday. That's the only time we can do it. What if kitty appears to be dying Saturday morning??? Here's what I'm wondering: Just as with the sick/dying chickens I've had, the cat has been hiding, and doesn't seem to appreciate our wanting to be around him and comfort him. Yes, I will feel bad if he dies while we're gone on Saturday, ....and maybe I'm just making excuses.......but I'm honestly wondering if it really would make any difference at all to our cat, if we weren't there. I'm not sure he would even be aware of us. He spends 99% of his time sleeping now. I think it would bother me more than the cat! But life goes on, and I need to help my daughter on Saturday. It will be an all-day thing.......maybe 16 hours. Does this sound callous? It will be hard for me to leave Kitty, but I don't see an option. Hopefully, he will pass peacefully before then. Dang. I hate these dilemmas.