Losing a Cat is More Painful Than Many People Think

If  you ask any cat lover how do they feel after losing a cat, they would all agree that this means great pain. Every person who owns a cat can admit how connected they feel with the cat and that the cats are considered family.

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Cats are the perfect companion. They are faithful, always waiting for you to come back home so they can cuddle and just be with you. These pets are usually great with kids, like to play and when they are next to you, you feel loved. They show affection and can even heal with their purring.

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Literally, cats are part of your family. And what happens when you lose a family member? Well, of course it’s devastating.

To find out how much do cat lovers really grieve when they lose a cat, there have been some research. Members of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico have carried out a study. They were questioning cat owners about their feelings after losing a cat.

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The results, of course, have shown that their feelings were too intense to handle. This pain has been compared to losing a loved one.

There was also another study conducted by Hawaiian researchers. They found out that the pain of losing a cat is felt much longer than the pain of losing a loved one. These people just cannot compare the pain they are experiencing to the one after a loss of a loved one.
The reason for this often is that cat owners feel their cats as their soul mates. Cats are always there for them and are loyal, so it’s much more difficult to lose them.

Saying Goodbye

The hardest part is saying goodbye to your cat. Especially if they are sick and need to be euthanized it really is a traumatic experience.

Losing a cat is like losing your best friend or family and no one would like to experience that.

Share a cat that you lost and you are still missing so much.

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9 Responses

  1. Sheila says:

    I just had to put my precious Sasha down. She was my soulmate for 18 years. The pain of the grief is unbearable.

    • Lorna says:

      Dear Sheila
      I had to have our darling boy Simba 14 yrs put to sleep in my arms at home today and I’m absolutely heart broken …so are my boys 24 and 30 yrs . My husband too.
      I hope you are feeling a little better x x x x

  2. Greg says:

    I pre’furr’ the moniker, ‘Kat Man Dude’ 😉

  3. Kristin says:

    Wibur, Toby, Shadow and Kitty, Tiger, Chloe, Tinker, Sam, Big Red.

  4. Helen Finch says:

    I lost my 22 year old cat 2 months ago. I had him from a kitten. The pain is still raw. I miss him all the time

  5. Manda says:

    I just recently lost my Gizmo on July 30th, 2019. It’s hard cause I raised him by hand since he was a day old. He was 10 months when he got sick and passed. He was more like my child then a kitty. It hurts missing him so much.

  6. Rachel says:

    I just lost my Sophie this past December. She was 21 years old. She was the light of my life, my calico. She meant more to me then she could ever know.
    I was diagnosed with epilepsy and she never left my side. She would sleep on my head. I felt so safe with her nearby. Then one night she started meowing all through the night. I took my little girl to the vet. They said she had dementia, her quality of life was no longer good as she was going death. I had to make the call to let my precious cat go. I told her I loved her, she was my bestfriend, she was never my cat, she was my child. I told her thank you for saving my life. It took me four hours to let them put her down. In the end , I held her while they did it. I stroked her head so my face was the last thing she saw before she went to the Rainbow bridge. I miss you So much Sophie. I love you. My heart is broken..

  7. robyn reichert says:

    My friend has lost her cat , he is missing over two weeks, to say the feeling is as bad as losing him completely is an understatement, it is actually worse (Ambiguous loss i worse because there is no closure,) Yes there is pain when you lose a pet, but there is closure as to why, when you lose a pet and you dont know where they are it is worse because you often never know what happen to them and there is no closure, this is the state she is now. We hope that he has found someone to take care of him either taking him in or feeding him, because it really is torture. Rest in peace to all that have lost a pet.

  8. Paula says:

    My almost five year old cat Poppy died 19 days ago, not sure if it was a brain tumour but it might have been , she lost use of her legs suddenly but the vet checked her saying she was good maybe a pinched nerve , sent us home with pain meds , she died 10 hours later , I’m so shocked, I don’t want to accept it , I can’t stop thinking of her and how I should have saved her. I raised her from a baby after her mother abandoned her , she couldn’t even pee on her own , she was my baby , my soul mate . I wish I could go with her , it’s so unfair , I don’t under stand why these things happen , she was just a baby , I miss her so much , my heart is so broken .😿💔

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