Given that cats have emotions, it should be no surprise that they grieve when they experience the loss of a furry companion, human, or home. While you cannot prevent your cat from feeling sad after experiencing a loss, there are things you can do to help him through the grieving process.
Signs of Grief
Each cat has a unique personality. Therefore, your cat may not grieve in the same way another cat does after experiencing a loss.
Signs of cat grief include appetite loss or eating less than usual, excessive vocalization or howling, searching for the lost companion, sleeping more than usual, excessive grooming, becoming clingy, or lethargy or a lack of interest in daily activities, according to Animal Wellness Magazine. On the contrary, your cat may become less vocal than usual or more withdrawn.
Even if your cat isn’t showing overt signs of sadness, it doesn’t mean she isn’t grieving deep down.
Helping Your Cat Through Grief
There are several things you can do to help your cat through the grieving process.
Don’t Change His Routine: Your cat is trying to adjust to losing his companion, human, or home. Adding extra stress by changing his routine may stress your cat to the point where he becomes ill.
Spend Quality Time with Your Cat: Spend some extra quality time with your cat each day. Add extra play sessions to her day, or simply sit and pet and talk to her. Your cat is having a difficult time right now, and she needs extra love from you. If your cat prefers distance while she grieve, respect that. Just assure her that you love her.
Watch His Behavior: If you notice that your cat is avoiding certain places that may smell like his lost human or companion, remove the items in those places, and thoroughly clean them. On the contrary, if your kitty appears to be seeking comfort in these items, leave them there for him.
Entertain Her While You’re Away: To keep your kitty occupied while you’re away from home, hide treats in her favorite places for her to find, suggests VCA Animal Hospitals. You can also fill a puzzle toy with some kibble; your cat will have to work to get the food, which keeps her mind stimulated. Hang a bird feeder outside one of your windows so your kitty can watch birds during the day.
Seek Veterinary Help: If your cat seems to be grieving for a long time, appears ill, or refuses to eat, take him to the vet. Cats should never go more than 24 hours without eating. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help your kitty with his feelings of sadness.
The loss of a furry companion, human, or home can be very difficult for a cat. It’s incredibly hard to see your beloved kitty grieve. Using these tips, you can help your cat through the grieving process.