January, 2011 Issue

LOOK FOR SIGNS OF GRIEF. They can vary from cat to cat, but a change in appetite and sleep is common.

Do Cats Grieve: It Appears They Do

The loss of a beloved companion can be difficult for your cat. Here’s how you can help her to heal.

One of your beloved cats died several weeks ago, and you’ve been feeling pretty down. Friends who have been through the same experience tell you this is normal after such a loss. But then you notice that your other cat is eating less, and wanders around the house, yowling, as if he was looking for his lost companion. Do cats grieve like we do? And if so, how can we help them? There is now evidence that animals experience emotional responses to significant changes in their environment — and this includes going through the grieving process after the loss of feline or human companions.

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