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    How do you handle death of a close pet?

    My cat recently became ill. I am still trying to figure out what can be done for her. She is older which is what is scaring me. I am hoping she makes a turn around from this.

    It got me to thinking about death. Not a very bright or fun topic, but something we all have to face eventually. How do you handle losing a pet? Do you have anything you do to help you cope emotionally?

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    I've had a lot of pets and saw most them die.
    You basically have to deal with it.
    A good way is to bury them somewhere they liked (your garden, the neighbour's field etc...) and replace it if you need to.
    I've never been that hit by the pets' death since i have a rather plain idea of death : everything stops, you don't feel or think anymore and anything else is not your problem anymore. You just don't exist anymore.
    Happens to everyone, and it's the way it has to be.
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    It's a tradition in our family to bury our dead pets like dogs and cats in our garden which we would then plant a fruit bearing tree over it. That way when we see the tree all grown up we would always remember our pet.

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    My kitty did end up passing. I have been crying a lot. Went peacefully at least and I didn't have to make the choice to put her down. It hurts and I am trying to cope with everything. Sometimes I am okay and can smile thinking of memories but other times I am brought to tears.

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    Well take your time, it's normal to be sad.
    Not everyone is accustomed to pet death like me so don't push yourself too much
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    Sorry to hear that, KorinKitty. That sounds very distressing, and I think I know what you're going through or I will do soon. One of my childhood cats that lives with my parents had been with me since I was around eight years old. She's very old, anorexic and suffers from seizures which is heartbreaking to see. Her days are certainly numbered and I don't know how I'll handle it when she passes. She always meant so much to me. I now never take any time I get to spend with her for granted. I always had trouble expressing my emotions, so the fact I almost started crying seeing what she was going through yesterday should speak volumes.

    This was her a couple of years ago when she was much healthier:

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    My other childhood cat that was older ran away one day. The most probable reason is that she ran away to die in peace, which sometimes happens. But it's not knowing the truth that hurt the most and it was a very difficult time.

    Like said, you've gotta take your time. I don't think there's much you can do to ease your pain in situations like this. Allow yourself to grieve. With time you'll feel better. Just try not to overwhelm yourself. You'll still have plenty of time to cherish those memories in the future.
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    I am one of those people who have a harder time accepting death for a close animal friend than people. My grandma passed away last year and I was sad but I didn't cry much. I knew she was suffering in her condition and I guess I came to peace with it. Death with animals is just something I don't think I will ever be able to fully accept for any reason. Part of me keeps thinking something could have been done, that it was my fault, or something was overlooked. It just happened so fast. I'm just trying to keep busy to avoid the hurt.

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    When she dies, get a new one as soon as possible. You'll create new memories with her and will let you move on from the one that passed away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoviceNinja View Post
    When she dies, get a new one as soon as possible. You'll create new memories with her and will let you move on from the one that passed away.
    I did end up adopting another cat, an adult one. It has helped me a lot. He is not a replacement for her but he helps give me comfort and I am able to create a new relationship with him. I am happy that he is a lap cat too and loves to snuggle and be pet. It is just what I needed.

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