The loss of a loved one can be distressing for those around us and, based on my experience, I think cats can suffer as well.
When another pet, an owner, or even just a human companion is suddenly gone from a cat’s life, it can have an affect on his or her happiness. Humans have ways to communicate their sadness and loved ones with whom they can work through their loss, but what about our surviving pets? When a family who has several pets loses a cat it can be a heartbreaking experience for everyone.
Cats develop bonds with each other in ways that we simply cannot comprehend. Their ability to communicate beyond what we are capable of understanding, and it seems to many that they mourn on deep levels. A client recently visited me after the loss of her oldest cat, Humphrey. Her second cat, Felix, had become ill after Humphrey’s passing and was not eating well. After a thorough examination, I found that Felix was in good health, so I told her that his changing behavior could be a result of the loss.
She looked surprised at first, but her face softened and she hugged Felix close saying “I had never thought of that.” An article which may be helpful is this one on explaining death to your cat. Go to: Can You explain death to your cat.
The grieving process is an important part of life, but your cat doesn’t have to go through it alone. If you think your cat is showing a change in behavior after a death in the family,here is an article with tips on what signs to look for and how to help.
With warm regards,
P.S.: Sometimes the symptoms of grief can also be similar to those of boredom. Many indoor cats struggle with boredom; if you think your cat is one of them, take a look at these 12 ways to reduce boredom in indoor cats.
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