Fram & Sax News and Cat Care April 2019
01 April 2019
We are in need of more volunteers to help with our fundraising events; if you can help in any way, please do get in touch. The branch is always looking for new ideas for fundraising. One of our important forms of income is our Membership scheme which costs just £10 per year. Every member receives our quarterly newsletter which includes news of forthcoming events; volunteer's stories; tales of cats in their new homes; cats looking for homes and lots of other news. Please contact us to find out how you can join and how this will help us help more cats and kittens.
Date for your diary: Please come along to see and support us at the Framlingham Country Show 13 to 14 April 2019.
Cat Advice:How will cats behave after the loss of another cat from the household? Although grief in animals is not currently very well understood, you may recognise changes in behaviour in your feline friends which may be attributed to sorrow. Grief in animals has been reported as being as individual as it is in humans with animals showing varying degrees of grief attributed behaviour and some showing no outwards signs at all. Changes in patterns of behaviour are natural when another pet has died as the surviving pet(s) adjust to the change in the household. Where multiple pets remain, there may be a rearranging of relationships. In a multiple cat household, the death of a cat can lead to surviving cats showing less inhibition and new willingness to seek attention from their owner.
While we must remember that each animal will behave differently in their grief these are some common behaviours that may be seen while a cat adjusts to the death of a housemate: changes in appetite; changes in sleep patterns; unsettled, restless, wandering around; increase or decrease in confidence; searching and crying; increased or reduced interest in other activities; loss of confidence or a general sadness; attention seeking. In contrast a pet may not appear to be missing the deceased pet at all and relish the increased use of space in the house.
For most cats, sticking to a familiar routine will be helpful in their adjusting to the change in the household. It’s normal to want to spend increasing amounts of time with an existing cat following the death of a beloved pet, but unfortunately the increase in attention can actually be very stressful and intense, combined with the potential stress of losing a companion. Introducing another cat into the home in preparation for, or shortly after, a death of another isn’t always a positive experience for surviving animals. It usually takes some time for cats to settle into a household and for a relationship to form between animals. Assessing the individual animals will be important when considering bringing a new member into the household, especially when the remaining animals are adjusting to the change.