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Grieving dog
An_246985 posted:
2 weeks ago we had to put down our beloved 19 year old cat. We also have a 1 year old kitten and a very active 4 year old German Shepherd. About 10 days ago our Shepherd started acting strange as if he was depressed. He still eats the same amount of food, although he doesn't come running to eat it like he used to. He walks around the house and yard sniffing everything as if he's looking for something. He will still play fetch only he doesn't run back from catching the ball as quickly as he used to. Could he be missing the cat we just had put down. They used to sleep together until the cats hind legs made it to difficult for him to go upstairs at night to sleep.
rohvannyn responded:
First of all, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. No matter how long our friends' lives, it's always hard to say goodbye. I have no doubt that your dog is grieving. He misses his friend too. Just give him extra love and understanding and he'll come round eventually.

My female cat was visibly saddened when her best friend and "adoptive father" passed away, and she mourned him for several days. Interestingly, she also started doing some of the same things he did, even occasionally imitating his meows. He used to always lead me to bed and wake me up, now she has taken on those duties, even years later.

Sometimes it helps to let the animal see and smell their friend once they have died, because it helps them know what happened. I think my female cat did as well as she has because she was there when he passed away. Hope your dog feels better soon.


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