Lost cat - Adopt another one?


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Our question this week was:

I lost my beloved cat. Is the solution to adopt another one?

Nora Alkhateeb


Hi – thanks for your email. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. The right time to get a new cat really depends on you. For some people, it helps to get another pet right away. Other people need to wait. Do what you feel is right. Don't feel rushed or pressured to make a decision right now.

I think some people have so much love to give back and miss their cats so much that it is helpful to get another cat. In that situation, I don't think you are minimizing the depth of your love for the cat you lost, just redirecting some of that emotion. You can't do anything to change that you lost your cat but you can save another cat. There are tons of homeless cats that are euthanized every day.

An article that might be helpful to you is on our Petplace.com is Coping with Pet Loss.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.