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Feature December 2015 Issue

When Our Cats Grieve

Some grieving cats may sit silently while staring aimlessly out the window or at a wall. Others may become more distant or more clingy to her human friends.

When Our Cats Grieve

The loss of an animal companion can be very hard to cope with — but do our remaining pets suffer like we do? Experts say yes. Here’s how to help them

Simply put, grief is a reaction that is caused by an abrupt absence of someone or something that provided pleasure, comfort, happiness and reassurance. Much like we do, cats will also grieve following a profound loss.

But do cats mourn in the same way as humans? Is their grief as intense as ours? Since we cannot enter into the cat’s mind, it is virtually impossible to emphatically answer this question. But cats do display their grief…

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