Mourning the Loss of a Pet
My cat (Misty) recently passed away due to cancer. It was one of the hardest things I had to deal with. I had him for thirteen years, more than half of my life. He was family. Misty slept in my bed every night and followed me around the house. After he passed, it was extremely difficult not having him around. I was debating on getting a new cat but wasn’t sure if I was able to provide as much love for another cat like I did for Misty. I also felt guilty, as if I was trying to replace him. After a couple of days of being lonely without him, I came across a blog online “Way of Cats Blog”, which truly helped me. Below is a quote from one of their blogs that helped me move forward.
“We can still miss a cat decades later, while loving many cats since. This is how we get confused; we still don’t feel “over” our special girl or boy. We don’t love our cat any less because we want another cat. It is actually a profound expression of the love our cat once lavished on us. This is what leads to the loving impulse which makes us want to give another cat a home, and make them as happy as we made our other cat. We are perfectly capable of still missing, and mourning, our lost cat on one Track; and getting, and loving, a different cat on another Track.” -“Way of Cats Blog”
After reading this I decided to look at new kittens. I ended up getting two of them; I fell in love with them right away. Misty will always be in my heart “a track” while the kittens are filling the open “slots” in my heart. For those of you who recently lost a pet, your heart will know when and if you’re ready for a new one. Everyone handles the grieving process differently; there is no right or wrong answer.
RIP Misty, miss you and love you so much.
My new kittens- Raja & Bella