cats do experience grief at the loss of a another household pet, especially if they had a close-knit bond. Cats are individuals, and just like humans, their process for coping with loss will vary. Pay attention and keep an eye-out for behavioral changes. Some cats might retreat, hide, start eating less, or become clingy. Other cats might act out or misbehave (pee outside litter box, knock things over, become more or less vocal). If your cat is acting out, the actual behavior will give you insight to what he/she needs. Below, is some additional advice for cats in mourning.
- Help fill the void of the cat that passed away. Initiate play and make extra time for dedicated activity.
- Spend quality time with her. Sit by her, talk in soothing tones, pet or brush her, and reassure your grieving cat that you are not going anywhere and neither is she. Offer treats, toys and other distractions to help her come out of mourning quicker.
- Give your cat extra attention and loving care. Do things that provide a sense of comfort and ease whether that’s in the form of petting, talking, playing, or snuggling with your cat.
- Seek veterinary help. If your grieving cat seems to be stuck in grief for a long time, and/or is acting sickor refusing to eat, take her to your vet at once to prevent serious illness. Your vet can also prescribe medications to ease your cat’s feelings of sadness.