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Coping With the Passing of a Family Pet

In my household, pets are a huge part of our family. Over the years we’ve built up a good amount of pets, with 3 dogs, 2 cats, a guinea pig, and a bird. 10 days ago, we had 3 cats. Our beautiful cat Tigger had been refusing to eat his normal food for about a week and was just put on wet food, which we thought was going well. He was eating and seemed really happy, and we thought he would gain all the weight back. Unfortunately, a couple of days after the switch, he wasn’t able to move and was at the end of his life at 5 years old. This came unexpected to all of us and was extremely heartbreaking.

Coping With the Passing of a Family Pet

Coping With the Passing of a Family Pet

Coping With the Passing of a Family Pet

One of our children, Jayden, has taken Tigger’s passing really hard and the whole situation has been very traumatic for him. Every day since it happened, he’s brought it up and asked for pictures of Tigger and has even asked for a new cat to make him feel better about his favourite cat passing. I had to explain to Jayden why instantly replacing the cat with a new one is not a good idea, and we agreed that around his birthday we would discuss getting him a new cat for his birthday. Right now, we are letting him, as well as the rest of the family, cope with the passing of the family pet.

Since Jayden didn’t have any pictures of Tigger to look at, we made him a small picture book compiled with pictures of Tigger and his mom and sister, Charley and Roo, and he absolutely loved it. He decorated the front of the book and it really means a lot to him and has most definitely helped him cope with his cat no longer being here.

Coping With the Passing of a Family Pet

Jayden and the rest of the family have started to enjoy the 2 other cats a lot more and have paid a lot more attention to them while they are around. We’ve been planning on spoiling our cats even more, with a cat play place we plan on getting as well as toys and lots more treats, and while we wish we could share these with Tigger, we are glad we still have our 2 other cats to spoil and love, and we still have a piece of him with his sister.

If you have any other ideas on how to help cope with the loss of losing a pet I’d love to hear them – email me, here.