Grieving for a Pet Cat

Grieving for a Pet Cat

The loss of a loved one, whether human or pet causes great emotional pain. We tend to go through the same series of recognized stages when we lose our cat. Don’t be ashamed of your grief. Grieving for a pet cat is natural and also it is permissible and healthy to grieve for your cat.

When we are told that our cat has a terminal illness, a subconscious protective mechanism, denial, occurs. Doctor: I’m sorry to say that Speedy has tumors throughout her chest. Mrs. Smith: I don’t believe it. She caught a mouse last week. Sick cats don’t catch mice. This state is usually brief, but you do need time.
A few things might help you here.

Perhaps your veterinarian has some literature about your cat’s illness.
Seek a consultation or second opinion – preferably from a specialist. Getting confirmation and knowing that you did everything possible is helpful.


Losing a pet cat is a very painful stage. This stage takes the form of outward or inward anger. Many times your veterinarian is the object of outward anger during this painful period: “My cat only cost me $10. You charged me $500 to treat him and she still died. You’re only interested in the money!” A sensitive, understanding veterinarian will be able to help you resolve this anger.

Oftentimes, an owner’s anger is turned inward. This is called guilt.”If 1 hadn’t gone away for a week, Romeo wouldn’t have gotten sick. He died of a ‘broken heart.'” A supportive veterinarian will be able to show you how your love and care made your cat happy and comfortable. But in that case, also pet cat grieving is but natural.


It is very natural to be in grief in sorrow when we lose someone who is very near to our hearts. Sometimes we are sad and depressed. You can grieve for your pet cat and even you can also cry. These all stages are very common. And we have to ultimately accept all these stages. This is obvious because you have lost as good as a family member, a companion, or a good friend.
The sadness that accompanies the loss of a pet may last for a few days or, in some instances, a few years. Sleep, appetite, and work efficiency may be disturbed.

Find someone who will be supportive of your feelings when you are Grieving for a pet cat so that you can resolve this perfectly normal stage of bereavement. Talk about your feelings with your veterinarian or a close cat-loving friend. Support may also be provided by bereavement counselors or client-support groups. Ask your veterinarian.

Specially trained social workers and mental health professionals are available to counsel you if you are having difficulty coping with the loss of your cat.

When you can remember the happy moments with your cat without great emotional pain and get back into a productive and satisfying pattern of living. You have resolved the bereavement process not forgotten your friend. This may be the time to think about a new feline friend. Maybe that new friend will give us little happiness in such a bad time when we are depressed.

No other pet can fill the place of our old pet, but we can at least welcome that new friend and try to find our old pet in him/her. After some time maybe we will find that he/she is also loyal and good for us as the old one was. And at that time we will find that we are happy and what is this? In some moments we are playing with him. Pets are really God’s gift to us.

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