When It’s Time to Say Goodbye


The sad truth is that we usually outlive our cats because their lifespan is shorter than ours. Unfortunately, sometimes their life is cut quite short due to terminal illness or accidents, and they must leave us sooner.

Always a difficult time, the loss of a dear feline friend can lead to a whole mixed bag of feelings, but coping with the loss is something for which there are some proven helpful strategies, some of which are presented below.

Grief Counseling Resources for Cat Loss

Whether the loss was gradual and expected or sudden and unexpected, dealing with the transition can be eased by talking to your veterinary health care team members, your family and friends, or a support group that brings people together to share their feelings. Support groups may meet in person or a counselor may be available by telephone. If you think you are having serious difficulties moving past the loss or grieving is interfering with your life, it is important to consider a visit to your physician for referral to a professional because sometimes this type of support can help one reach closure when other strategies fail.

Please note the pet loss support resources at the end of the article. They may help you cope with the trauma of losing a beloved companion.

Saying Goodbye to Your Cat

To help prepare for an imminent loss, here are some suggestions:

After The Goodbye

Here are some things to consider to help you through after your kitty is gone:

Whatever happens around the time of loss, remember that the time will come when the grief passes. Over 80% of families in the United States consider their pet as part of the family, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in this category.

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