Stories from Cat Lovers About “Do Cats Mourn the Death of Another Cat?”
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We conducted a poll on Petplace.com about if cat owners thought cats could mourn the death of another cat. The results were as follows: MY cat Sassy mourned the loss of a companion. She would follow me around and meow constantly for about 3 months.
43.2% of cat owners said that yes, all cats will mourn
56.4% of cat owners said that some cats will mourn but not all
2.1% said they were not sure.
0.8% of cat owns thought that no cats mourned.
Here are stories from cat lovers about their cats and their experience with mourning.
At one time, we had 2 cats remaining after having to euthanize one. Both cats would not eat, would not play with each other or even purr. They would walk down the hall and look in the rooms, constantly meowing as though calling for their lost pal. We just talked to them softly, gave them a lot of extra attention, and eventually they came around. Don't believe it if someone says cats do not grieve. Just two years ago, our black and white cat was terminally ill and had to be put down, her chocolate point Siamese pal would sit in the late cat's bed and also in the small room where they had been together, also not responding to food and just being forlorn.
My cat Bodhi was so lost without his buddy Rumor. Rumor died when he was 11 yrs old and Bodhi was about 1 1/2 yrs old...so Rumor was around from when Bodhi was just 6 weeks old. When Rumor died Bodhi would go through the house and look for Rumor in all his old hiding spots and stare out the windows...even though both cats are indoor cats. We would hear his little whimpers (not quite a full out meow) all over the place. He did this for about 2 months straight...Bodhi is now 3 yrs old and sometimes you can still see him look around....maybe for Rumor, who knows. So I know cats mourn their friends.....Teri
I have had a cat that mourned over my other cat's loss so we got another cat and I have had a cat mourned over my dog's loss too!
Momma kit lost one of her kittens. She didn't want me to take it away, and would lay on her if i tried. When she left to go eat i sneaked the kitten away to bury her. Momma kit called and cried for days looking for that kitten. She would come to me, cry and run to her bed crying. This went on for days! She was heartbroken and so was i. She finally let me take someone elses older kitten to fill her empty nest, and all were happy! Especially the kitten who had all the milk to herself.
I've always had multiple cats in my home. When one passes the others search for her, cry out, and seem less happy for a few days. The cat closer to the deceased pet tend to mourn a little longer. But they all act differently for several days.
I had a gray himalayan that died at home. My cat Grady and dog Max all stood vigil by Clancy's body just like at the funeral home.
We lost our 14-year-old cat (Tabby) to cancer. My other cat is 12-years-old (Oscar) and cried and seemed to look for her on her special chair. This behavior lasted about a week. We ended up adopting a 3-month-old female kitten (Arwen) about two weeks later after Tabby's passing. It took our Oscar about a week to get used to her and now they are best of friends. I really think Oscar needed to have another cat in his life especially with both my husband and myself work 9:00 to 5:00 everyday.
When our 14-year-old Anna passed away in September 2007 her companion of that entire time Ashley spent a great deal of time walking around our condo and mewing softly for her. He would start in all of her favorite places and eventual over the course of the day expand his search to include the entire condo. He'd then find a spot to settle in one of our windows where he would watch for her for hours on end. We got him through this trying time by showing him a lot of love and making sure that he knew either my wife or I was nearby. We also kept a few items of Anna's handy so he could still have her scent around him. Ashley's okay now, but on September 6th (the day we lost Anna) he was strangely subdued. I don't think it was a coincidence. Paul T., Ocean City, MD
I adopted 2 stray kittens 15 years ago. Found them together & kept them together. Both females & both spayed. Brown Kitty got infected, abscessed teeth & had to have 4 extracted. When she came home I had to separate her from the other 3 cats (I adopted 2 more strays in the meantime, as kittens & now 10 yrs. old) and a shelter dog adoption of a 2 yr. old dachund) to make sure she was using the litter box & eating. When she got back to normal I noticed that her sister was staying upstairs with her & very lethargic & thin. I tried everything to get her to eat but no use. The vet gave me the sad news that all of her internal functions had ceased, liver, kidneys, everything. I had to have her put to sleep. I must compliment the vet, she was very understanding & allowed me to hold her in my arms & talk to her the entire time so that I was the voice she heard & the face she saw when she died. It was the vet's advice that got all of us through the bad time of loneliness & separation. She told me what to do & I did & it worked. I brought Gray Kitty home in the carrier & partially covered her with a pink towel. Each animal, all 3 cats & even the dog, took their special time with her & smelled her, investigated & much to my shock--the dog even got in the carrier with her!! Her sister, Brown Kitty, continues to sleep upstairs in her own special box with her own special pink towel & will come downstairs to eat & use the litter box. She knows her lifelong companion is gone & will ask to get up on my lap for special love but then goes about her daily cat business. I'm just so grateful to my vets for the compassion & understanding they have for my animals & me.