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If you’re grieving the loss of a pet cat, you might be finding it difficult to cope.

Losing a pet cat is much like losing any other member of the family and knowing how to react and what to do to ease your grief can feel like a challenge.

At Cats Protection, our designated grief support service can help you in dealing with the loss of your cat. Whether you’re grieving the loss of a pet after euthanasia, your cat has gone missing or you’ve had to separate for other circumstances, a call to the Paws to Listen service may make all the difference.

Our dedicated volunteer listeners are on hand for when you need support. While we’re unable to offer counselling, we can offer a sympathetic ear at a difficult time.

How am I meant to feel after losing my cat?

As with any loss you might experience, there is no ‘right’ way to feel after the loss of your cat. Your emotions and feelings are perfectly normal and are personal to you. For example:

  • you might feel like no one understands how you feel
  • you might feel guilty or blame yourself
  • you may feel confused or angry
  • you might feel that by talking to your family and friends, you are burdening them

Paws to Listen grief support service

If you’re experiencing pet-related grief you can call our free and confidential phone line on 0800 024 94 94 to talk to one of our trained volunteer listeners.

  • The line is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday - excluding Bank Holidays
  • If lines are busy, a call-back service is available
  • While we are unable to offer counselling, we can provide you with a sympathetic ear at this difficult time so please get in touch.

Alternatively you can contact us via our support form

If you need to speak to someone outside of our opening hours, the Samaritans are available anytime on 116 123. If your grief becomes complex or prolonged, and you’re not coping, please do get in touch with your GP for additional support.

For more advice on what to do when you’re grieving the loss of your cat, take a look at our expert guides. You can also share your bereavement story with us or celebrate your cat with an addition to our Memory Wall.

For veterinary practices

To promote this service we have produced a range of resources, which can be ordered free of charge and displayed around your practice. We have wallet cards, leaflets for your reception and public areas. A4 posters are now available to download below.

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