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Do Cats Mourn the Loss of Another Cat in the Family?

Thursday, February 11, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

When one cat dies, owners often notice changes in the behavior of the one that is left behind. They may become lethargic, clingy or stop eating for awhile. They also may walk around meowing for no reason. These signs do suggest that cats do feel the loss of another cat.  Because our pets cannot speak, we base our opinion on their actions.  When a person experiences the death of a human loved one, they tell us how they feel but they also usually become listless, disoriented, lose focus and stop eating.They will also cry or go without sleep. This is a bit similar to our feline friends. Some animals actually become depressed when they lose a loved one says Monique D. Chretien, MSc, AHT, Animal Behavior Consultant.  If the deceased cat was taken to the vet to be euthanized, the one left behind may sit at the window for days anticipating her return.

If your cat shows signs of grieving the loss of her companion, show her more love, affection and attention than ever. Try to get her mind off of the loss by playing with her favorite toy. Sometimes we just have to wait for time to heal. In the meantime, understand what she is going through and be patient.

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