Do pets grieve?
Like humans, pets too show signs that could be interpreted as grief.
When an owner or fellow house mate passes away, pets may experience loss of appetite, change in sleep patterns, crying or searching, a need for extra attention and generally sad demeanour But you should also note you may not witness any of these changes.
Many anecdotes suggest that animals do feel what humans call ‘grief’, including an understanding that the deceased is not coming back, but there is little scientific evidence to back this up. What we do know is that many species are affected by loss and experience feelings of sadness and loneliness.
When a pet passes away it can be tempting to get another quickly, not only for your own benefit, but so your surviving pet will have another companion, but don’t rush into this.
You should wait a while before introducing another pet to your cat.
Remember, each pet is an individual and different species bond with each other in different ways.
Dogs are sociable animals who live in family groups, so your surviving dog is likely to adapt well to a new canine if the pair are a good match.
Cats have a very different social structure to dogs and by their nature don’t always bond with other cats, even if they have lived alongside them peacefully for many years. Give your surviving cat time to adapt to life without their companion and avoid getting a new cat or kitten straight away.