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Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Helping Your Pet Mourn the Loss of another Pet

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Animals are far more social than we give them credit for, and they can form indelible bonds with other pets over the course of their lifetimes. If you’ve recently lost a pet and have seen visible changes in your other four-legged friend’s demeanor, appetite and energy level, they are probably grieving in the same way that you are.

According to CatChannel.com, there are a myriad of ways to help your furry friends cope with the loss and lift their spirits.

Adopt another pet.
This may seem like the obvious plan of action, but you’ll have to go into the process with an open mind. Some animals will see a new pet as an intrusion on their territory and may not respond positively. However, others can get along very well with a new friend, and it all comes down to how they interact with the new house guest. You should also accept the possibility that a new pet may not work out, and you might have to look elsewhere. Typically, adopting a younger animal is best, as he or she will look up to your current pet and won’t feel threatened.

Shower him with affection.
As much as you may pay attention to your pet, they will surely miss having another animal to play and spend time with. When you come home, make an effort to spend as much time with them as possible, speak in a reassuring voice and have a few treats in tow. This can be a welcome distraction from the grieving process and may help to improve your pets demeanor.

Pet presents.
A problem that can arise is the presence of the old pet’s scent on toys and food bowls and could prolong the grieving process. Do your furry friend a favor and pick up new pet accessories that will be exclusively for him. This can speed along the healing process and give your pet the feeling of being the only cat or dog in the house.

Losing a pet is certainly tough, but improving the wellness of your current pet should be one of your chief concerns in the months ahead. By trying a few of these methods, you can find a nice balance that will help your furry friend return to his vibrant self.