When you lose a cherished pet it seems like the whole world is turned upside down and it’s hard to function for quite a while. We commonly take care of our human family members and especially watch over our children who have been close to our pets. But often we tend to not even realize the other members of our families are suffering too because they don’t have the same voice. Our pets who have had very close relationships with the pet that has passed can suffer grief just like us, sometimes even worse because they can’t share in the expression of grief with the rest of the family members.
Common signs of grief in cats and dogs are fairly common and can include searching for their missing companion, especially when they are unaware of their companions untimely circumstances. For example, if they were taken to the vet for a sudden illness and not brought back home and had to be put to sleep without any advance notice. As professional animal communicators, we have handled a number of missing pet cases where pets have wandered off looking for passed away companion. Delivering the news to the missing pet became vital to their return home.
Some pets when grieving can become lethargic, they can lose their appetite, act disoriented and disinterested in their home and familiar surroundings. They can develop new and unusual sudden habit like hiding in new or unusual places and spending an extraordinary amount of time alone. In contrast, some grieving pets may become more affectionate than usual and beg for your attention and become a lot needier than they ever have been, seeking a replacement for the attention they once had from the companion who is no longer there.
What can you do to help your pets with grief when a companion passes? You can provide them with plenty of affection, reassurance, attention and most importantly understanding. Try your best to distract your grieving pet with play, fun and enriching activities. Of course, give them lots of love, but be aware that it may take at least a few days before they begin to respond to your efforts. Keep a close eye on their eating, drinking, and litter box use. If they fail to eat for more than a day or so, contact your veterinarian to see if a visitor house call may be needed. Also watch how they interact with other pets in the home, in some rare instances aggression towards others can surface as a part of the grieving process. See our article about displace aggression for help.
As professional animal communicators, we can also offer a grief session for your whole family, including the surviving pets to help explain what has happened and find out what needs they may have. You can talk with all of your current pets to see how they are doing, and best of all, you can speak with the pet that has passed to express any and all grief. you can say goodbye in a way you never thought possible and find a great healing within.
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