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What Happens to Bonded Cats When One Dies?

What Happens to Bonded Cats When One Dies?

Beloved feline companions can feel as if they become part of our family, so when it is their time to go, it can be immensely heartrending. Their loss can trigger an overwhelming number of difficult emotions in us and it can take time and emotional support from our loved ones to help us heal. 

As we mend our broken hearts after the loss of our feline friend, you may be wondering how our cats who are left behind experience the deep loss of their own furry comrade. Bonded cats often form special relationships that can leave them devastated and grief-stricken after one of them passes away. As a cat owner, you’ll likely find yourself desperate to find some way to tend to and help your grieving cat heal and move on from their trauma.

Understand that it is normal for your cats to go through their own grieving process, and though it may take time, they will eventually be able to move on and adapt. As we continue to explore the experience of bonded cats when one passes away, we understand this may also be a time of great distress and despair for you. Even though this particular guide is geared towards helping your feline companion, we want you to know you are not alone and there are a handful of resources available to help you cope with your loss as well. As we encourage you to find help and emotional support, read on to learn ways you can help your feline friend cope through this difficult time. 

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How to Know When to Put Your Cat Down

How to Know When to Put Your Cat Down

Our beloved feline friends share our hearts and our homes, and become precious companions who are part of our families. When it is time to say goodbye to them, it can be extremely heartrending and unfortunately, nothing can prepare us for their departure. 

As our cats age, their health can begin to degrade, and it can be tremendously emotionally challenging to watch them suffer or be in pain. Though it is never an easy decision, most cat owners agree that pet euthanasia can be a necessary means to end the suffering of a cat who is ill or frail from old age. Pet euthanasia, can be a final act of compassion to release our cats from their suffering in a hume and compassionate way. 

When can you know it may be time to put your cat down? How can you know your pet’s quality of life has significantly declined to the point where it may be best to make this decision? 

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How to Cope with the Death of a Pet

How to Cope with the Death of a Pet

Coping with the loss of a pet is undeniably painful no matter how prepared you thought you would be. Even if we are fully aware and try to accept that our beloved pets will eventually pass, no amount of consolation or preparation will be enough when the day does finally arrive.  

Often, the most challenging aspect of the grieving process can be due to the lack of emotional support we receive from loved ones. Grieving pet owners can often be expected to quickly bounce back to normal life and move on after the loss of a pet. This is unfortunately due to the common viewpoint that pets can be easily replaced, while losing a human loved one can be considered to be a greater loss, and therefore, more difficult to grieve as well. 

However, losing a pet who was a beloved member of the family can feel like a tremendous loss. And while we can adopt a new pet to once again bring joy and love into our lives, a new pet can never replace the loss of another one. After all, there is nothing wrong with viewing the loss of your pet as that of the loss of a family member or a precious friend. In the end, a pet’s unconditional love and comfort they provided us with during their life is surely a reason to feel profound grief and sadness after their loss. 

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