How do you get over the death of a cat?

The death of a pet can be a very emotionally painful event. Everyone who is a pet owner knows they have to experience it at some point - but it doesn't make it any easier when it happens. You'll need to grieve in your own way, but here are a few ideas.

   

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1) You might want to hold a funeral for your pet, bury it in a pet cemetery, or get a memorial of some sort. There is a good site here that will help you with that. They've got lots of figurines and memorials, so they will pretty much cover whatever you want to do.

2) You also might want to write something down as a memory of your pet. Lots of people put up websites, make scrapbooks, write stories, or write eulogies. Anything that is going to help you feel better and make you think about the good times you had with your pet instead is a good idea. It doesn't have to be something anyone else will ever see. It can just be something for you to look at down the road and remember your cat.

3) Don't feel bad about taking a couple of days off to grieve. Most people consider cats to be members of their family. If your great-uncle died, you'd get a day off for the funeral. If your cat dies, it can be much more stressful and painful for many people. If you have to call in sick, do it.

4) Put off any decisions about new pets for awhile - at least a few weeks. Lots of people feel like they have a hole in their life, and they need to fill it. Most pet owners will get a new cat at some point. But you should do this once you've had a chance to get over the initial shock. When you're clear-headed and can give your attention to the new cat on its own terms, then go ahead.

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