American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

Further Reading


AVMA Guidelines for Pet Loss Support Services

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines

Other Resources

American Association of Feline Practitioners (2010). AAFP Position Statement: End of life issues in feline medicine.

American Association of Feline Practitioners (2014). AAFP Position Statement: Euthanasia in cats in a clinical setting.

Cooney, K. A., Chappell, J. R., & Callan, R. J. et al (2012). Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Grimm H, Bergadano A, Musk GC, et al (2018). Drawing the line in clinical treatment of companion animals: recommendations from an ethics working party. Vet Rec. 2018;182(23):664.

King, B. (2013). "When Animals Mourn." Scientific American, 309(1): 62-67.

Marchitelli, B., & Shearer, T. S. (2020). Small Animal Euthanasia: Updates on Clinical Practice. Philadelphia: Elsevier.

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. How Do I Know When It’s Time? Assessing Quality of Life for Your Companion Animal and Making End-of-Life Decisions

Robertson S., Gogolski S., Pascoe P., et al. (2018). AAFP Feline Anesthesia Guidelines. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 20(7): 602-634. 

Rollin, B. (2002). The use and abuse of Aesculapian authority in veterinary medicine. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 220(8), 1144–1149. 


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