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Cats and grief - September 2016

01 September 2016
Cats and grief - September 2016 A survey of 1,011 cat owners showed that three-quarters of them believed society underestimated the impact a death of a cat has on its owner.

The research also showed that:

• Over half of all owners believed that making the decision to have their cat put to sleep would intensify their feelings of grief

• Nearly 60% of cat owners would describe themselves as being ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ upset by the death of their cat

• A quarter of cat owners would expect their grieving process to take up to a year after losing a cat

• Over a third of owners believed there was not enough support for owners to deal with the death of their cat

• Over 40% of cat owners said that, during the grieving process, they would find it supportive speaking to someone who is not a close friend or family member

• When asked how they would feel talking about their grief over a deceased cat, a fifth of people said they would feel afraid of being seen as ‘over-reacting’ or like people wouldn’t understand, while one in 10 said they would feel embarrassed or afraid of how others would respond

Click here to read the press release