to be clear, I don't have an immediate pressing need for this information. My situation is just, I had to take a cat to get put down last year. It was cost prohibitive going to the vet, and it would be nice to not incur that cost again in the future. I have four more cats awhile, so in the interest of preparedness and plain old intellectual curiosity, I'm just entertaining the subject and trying to brainstorm.
everyone should know, but if you don't know, feeding pets poison is definitely a bad idea. It will likely cause all kinds of suffering and internal damage, and it might not even be effective at all, depending on the approach. A perfect strike to the brain stem with a blunt object would probably do the trick, or at least put the pet out of commission so you could finish without pain, but you never know if you'll really succeed at delivering the perfect strike; there's a lot of unnecessary risk. I'm sure a guillotine or something to that effect could sever the spinal column like nothing, but who the fuck has a guillotine laying around. I'm just spitballing here.
the best I can come up with is a choke. Not like an airway choke, where the pet is desperately gasping for life the whole time; that would be horrible; I'm thinking like a precise choke to cut off blood supply to the brain, so the pet just, poof, passes out, see ya. When I was in high school, kids used to do this shit to each other, literally for fun. I've had it done to me personally; it's not painful at all. I think if you could successfully pull this off it's probably the least obtrusive way possible.
anybody have any input either way? Thoughts about the choke, thoughts about other methods, call me an asshole, etc. ?