From help with making difficult decisions and supporting family and children through loss, to offering a step-by-step guide to euthanasia: these resources can provide support during what can be a very difficult time.
The average life expectancy of a cat is around 14 years but many cats live well beyond this age. As a pet owner, it is important that you are able to assess your cat’s quality of life in order to prevent suffering as they get older, or if they become ill.
For many people the loss of their cat is as traumatic and emotionally challenging as the loss of any other family member. This creature that brought so much joy and unconditional love into our homes and hearts – their absence leaves a massive hole and it hurts.
It might not be something you like to think about, but understanding the options available to you after your cat has died may be helpful when making decisions about what to do with their body.
Pet loss might be your child’s first experience of losing a loved one. It is likely to be upsetting and confusing for them but if handled sensitively a child’s experience of pet loss can help them to build positive strategies for coping with loss in later life.
Although grief in animals is not very well understood currently, you may recognise changes in behaviour in your cats which may be attributed to grief.
Dr Finn Mackay, a senior lecturer in sociology, explores the subject of pet grief in this article from The Cat magazine.