How can I tell if my cat is dealing with bereavement?
Recently bereaved cats may be anxious, confused, act abnormally, be off their food, start to spray in the home or wander around the house calling loudly.
Some cats have a very noticeable change of character when they lose a member of the household. They may become far more outgoing, affectionate or completely withdrawn. Many other cats will not react at all to the bereavement. This is also completely normal, the cat may have lived quite happily with the other cat but never relied upon their companionship.
How can I help my cat cope with the bereavement?
The best remedy for a bereaved cat is to give them extra attention, affection and tempting food. If necessary, there are products which might help relax your cat like Feliway, which releases a synthetic facial pheromone that helps reassure them. If your cat can’t be tempted into eating, consult your vet for advice.