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5 Ways to Help a Cat Grieve the Loss of a Feline Friend

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, cats, grieveing, pets, protection )

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It's important to let cats work through their grief, just as humans do. Here's how you can help.

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Cher C (1430)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:18 am

When my 10 year old male manx cat passed away from Cancer, my female cat who loved him DEARLY died in my arms from a broken heart 2 weeks later! She was 15, she walked around the house looking for him, howling. It broke my heart!!! She stopped eating and I tried and tried for days with the help of my vet friend. But she just gave up on life and died!


Lisa N (206)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 11:18 am
Oh Cher, that is so sad! :( Tell me animals don't have the same emotions we do!!

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 12:40 pm
good suggestions. Those that give away the kittens need to follow this also. Kittens know nothing but their family unit and when humans do the unthinkable and give the babies away, not only do the litter mates gieve for their families that they will never see again, but so does the mother cat. How would you feel if your babies were given away and you don't know where they went or if you will ever see them again. I work with ferals and those that we don't get to soon enough to spay and neuter and have kittens, develop a very strong family unit. The mother will always have a favorite, but still love the other kittens when you give them a chance to stay together.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 1:06 pm

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (41)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 1:11 pm
Omg Cher , very sad story :(:( . People are very sad when they loose their pets part of family and animals are same way when they loose their best friends :( :( .

michelle t (41)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 1:36 pm
Animals most certainly have emotions and grieve when theyv loose their companions.Very sad.

Kay M (347)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 2:59 pm
agree with don't get another cat. i accidentally got another cat right BEFORE one passed away (unexpectedly), and then suddenly the grieving cat hated her new room-mate. i didn't do this on purpose, obviously, but it sucked.

very sad story, cher. put you through double loss. i'm so sorry.

. (0)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 3:08 pm
When my 15 year old died in '06, my middle cat would jump at any sound, and run upstairs to the areas my dying cat laid.He would look and look through all the bedrooms, hoping to see my Spanky. It broke my heart as he was never alone, and now he was.
I waited 3 months to bring in a bottle fed foster. He couldn't get enough of this little guy. The kitten went from foster, to my family.

valda p (13)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 3:16 pm
I recently lost my lovely boy- my deaf white cat Angelo-he died from either a tumour or cancer in the head ,I did have him put to sleep as he was taking -turns- he was 12 and 4months old,he certainly used up his 9lives ,his friend from kitten days -fat Lillee and me miss him so much -he was very affectionate he loved me and he knew I loved him -I would always take the ones that need -special care ,they are so loving .-

jo M. (3)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:18 pm
I wonder if there are ways to help dogs, also. My dog lost her best dog buddy yesterday, practically a member of our family-visited us nearly every day for the last 8 yrs or so. She has no other doggy pals.

Some very sad stories, my condolences to all.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:29 pm
Very sad. The loss of a beloved pet is so hard. I remember when I lost my kittie, Ponto, after 17 years, everytime I went upstairs, I would half expect to see him sleeping on our bed and then I'd remember and cry all over again. We so love our little furbabies. I know it is also as hard on the other animals in the family as it is for us.

Marie W (67)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:35 pm
They grieve and mourn just like people. Those who say they don't are blind.

Faye Swan (23)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:27 am
Good advice - the same can be said if a dog passes away.

David C (133)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 5:01 am
sometimes they have to mourn "their dog", too.....good advice.....

Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:39 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:51 am
My mom's cat passed a few months after my mom passed, he missed her a lot, and some people say that animals don't have feelings.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 7:14 am
Noted, thanks.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:07 pm
Yes, so sad Cher and Allan and others. It's as hard on the owner as much as the cats I think.
When my Gizmo died (male) my other two cats, Molly and Raven both slept entwined together for 3 days straight, never had done that before.

Suzanne L (98)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:27 pm
Many years ago I had 3 cats - Newton, Dudley and Polly. Although they were far apart in age they became very bonded. Newton was the oldest and clearly the leader to whom the other 2 younger cats looked for guidance around what was safe, fun, and so much else. Newton died at 18 and the other 2 were devastated. Dudley searched and searched for him. I lived next door to my mother and Newton and Dudley used to visit her sometimes. Every day for the rest of his life (9 years), Dudley would go to my mother's house for several hours and sit in the place where Newton used to sit. Polly went wild at first like an agry griever. It took her a long time to recover.

Kath P (9)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 12:41 pm
When my darling 'Baby' died at 19 her 17 year old brother Dickens died 4 months later from a broken heart.

Karen R (87)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 2:20 pm
thank you for sharing this!

Barb Knight (1687)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:43 pm
I won't go into Details on My Memory Lane when my Spooky-Pooky-Bear long-haired-black cat died but suffice it to say, my Princess Ezzie-Wezzie cat butted her head against my face, chest, arms, anywhere she could reach, harder than usual. My tuxedo cat Kirby-Dirby acted very aloof, not a care in the other words, he acted normal. And my Russian Blue cat Coco-Puffers, she sniffed around like something was wrong after Spooky died. But whenever I would cry, Ezzie was right there to lick away my tears. Ouch! It broke my heart the morning Spooky went outside. As I watch 'Mr. Fancy Pants'--another nickname--butt walk out the front door I knew I'd never see him again. I berated myself for thinking that but a few hours later, after he didn't come back home, I asked some children from my apartment complex to help me find Spooky. They found him barely alive. He'd been in a cat fight and lost. We took him to the vet and this vet was very old, he didn't have any new equipment, he stiched Spooky up the best he could....gave me a spray to use on his wounds, and we brought him home but as much as I loved on him, kissed him where he wasn't wounded, I knew he was dying. Since I couldn't afford to have him euthanized, my aid said she could take him to a place where people left their dying pets and these animal lovers would euthanize them for people who couldn't afford it. So I sang the angels to guide him to Rainbow Bridge as I covered him in a blanket and much for not going down Spooky's Memory Lane. TY Cher.

Quinton Smith (40)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:29 pm

I loss my sweet Mama kitty of 23 years in 08 it took some time for the gang an I (at that time I only had 26 Moggies) to get over her loss (she was the head of the household) she passed on my lap the hold household knew that Mother Nature was calling her home she made her goodbyes with the gang by grooming them one by one an giving her funny two legged kitten one last kitty kiss an when to sleep. What helped for me an my Moggies was to put her in her sunning spot which was on top of my big worm bin an let them say goodbye to her in there own way one by one before putting her in the ground. give it time Mother Nature will tell you when it is time for a new kitty or in my case I find sleeping in her sunning spot is a beat up (an I MEAN BEAT UP) 5 year old male brown an black tabby I walk over to him an started rubbing his fur he sat up an gave me a kitty kiss on my hand an started to head but me I name him Ace AKA Big kitty he is a BIG KITTY 28 pounds he keep order grooms an take care of all the Moggies here old an new he remind me of Mama kitty when he will lad down an let the kittens suckle on him an he cleans them an shows them how to use the litter box just like my old girl would for me she sent me her replacement an for me it closed the hold in my heart. Just give it time. =^..^=

Happy Hippie the CRAZY CAT MAN

Have you taken in a Moggy (stray) kitty today

Carol H (229)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:50 am
noted, thank you Cher
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