“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ― Jean Cocteau

Monday, 20 January 2020

When cats grieve - how you can help

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Mourning animals is well known. Should a cat fall into mourning, people should do everything to ensure that Kitty can survive her difficult time. The reason for the grief must also be found. It is often quickly identified, but sometimes it is not so clearly visible to humans. A sensitive impact on the animal and a lot of attention and loving understanding can help that the house tigers gradually rebuild. We are happy to provide a small guide to help you know if your cat is grieving and what you can do to help her. Because in such a time your house tiger needs you.

Why cats can grieve
Cats are sensitive beings who, once they have loved someone, will miss them when they are no longer there. These can be playmates outside, people or their own owners, other animals and partner animals. If these die, or leave the animal life for other reasons, this often leads to a period of mourning for the house cat This grief is fine and should be respected.

However, this must not be a permanent condition, because some cats experience a longer suffering, so that they are even close to losing their own will to live. A change of location, such as a move or a longer stay outside of the usual environment, can put cats in mourning. If this occurs, the animals will behave clearly. They are usually very different from everyday life. This should be observed urgently, because grief in cats can quickly become a problem, especially if you become aware of the effects of grief, and if you think about it over a long period of time, everyone will raise the alarm bells.

These signs can appear in grieving cats:

  • The cat suffers from anorexia
  • She pulls her hair out (if she doesn't have a pregnancy)
  • She curls up and sleeps a lot
  • It looks lethargic
  • The cat hides a lot
  • The animal is irritable and aggressive
  • It bites, scratches and looks extremely tense
  • She is looking for a lot of attention and cuddle units
  • The house cat does not want to be touched and avoids humans
  • The socialization with other animals does not work, the cat feels pushed back

Every pet owner is of course immediately aware that none of these conditions is permanent and good for the cat. It is therefore imperative that the animal is no longer atrophied, but that it finds its own courage to live again. Many kittens or cats has already died of deep grief. Under no circumstances should this happen. We don't want to stir up panic at this point, but it certainly can't hurt to go to the vet if the grief phase is too long or the grief is too deep.

Understanding and support
Generally, every cat has a different way of coping with grief. As with humans, this is very different and varies from character to character, the phase lasts a little longer or just shorter. However, if the animal breaks down heavily, refuses to eat and shows strong depressive signs, the vet should be consulted immediately. In cats whose partner animal has died, a new animal should only be integrated after a break. Because like us humans, cats have a grief phase after a death. This time should really be given to the beloved four-legged friend. With some cats, it helps to support them with homeopathic remedies. If the feed has been refused for a long time, supplements may have to be added. This is a form of dietary supplement that must be “approved” by the veterinarian.

One way is to provide distraction. Whenever possible one should deal with the animal. At some point the little tiger can be moved to join in. If nothing works, professional advice must be sought. In fact, there are depressed cats who, due to various causes, display very depressed behavior. Here too, medication and therapeutic measures can be used. After all, every cat owner wants their animals to be well. Once the grief has been overcome, the house cat can also open up again and will surely gradually find its way back to its old form. This is also a way to be followed. With much love and understanding for the beloved animal, this phase can also be survived. In addition, it must be mentioned that the bond between the animal and the owner can be strongly strengthened.

All posts relating to pet health are for informational purposes and should not be used instead of the advice of a vet.