Posted on 9/18/2017 10:28:14 AM
When people who have never owned a dog or cat see their friends mourn the loss of a pet, they may think it’s a bit of an over-reaction. After all, it’s ‘just a dog’ or ‘just a cat’. But research has proved that the death of a companion animal is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one.
For people who live alone, especially, a pet is a welcoming presence to come home to, and often provides a feeling of security as well as companionship. The death of a dog or cat can also disrupt the owner’s daily routine, leading to a loss of purpose. Feeling sad, shocked, or lonely is a normal reaction. Exhibiting these feelings doesn’t mean you are weak or that it’s somehow inappropriate to grieve for an animal.
Since dogs and cats don’t live as long as humans, experiencing loss is an inevitable part of owning a pet. Although it may take time to come to terms with grief, when the time is right, most people eventually open their hearts to another animal.