Feeling defensive over giving up a pet for the right reasons is not going to help you to cope with guilt, instead it will leave you angry and defensive. Losing them is much like losing a second self, and we don’t get over the loss. Coping with Guilt Although the specific reason for feelings of guilt differ from person to person, almost everyone feels some guilt after the death of a pet. You may experience feelings of guilt and shame. Others are worried about opening their hearts to another experience of great love and loss. A lot of people don’t want to suffer the pangs of loss again. Recently decided to get a new kitten which we will collect in 3 weeks when he is 10 weeks old. Guilt is normal after rehoming a cat. Deciding if you should you adopt a new cat or kitten after the death of your beloved animal isn't easy. Most often, we believe we had more control over the situation than we actually did, and this is the cause of our guilt. She wanted to rule the food and water dishes … If that feels impossible or you want to talk to someone impartial, you might want to speak to a pet bereavement counsellor who is … Incomplete Endings: Coping With a Runaway or Lost Pet Moving through the grief and guilt while not knowing how … I had my cat Molly for almost 13 years I had to put her down and feel so guilty that I did not try to get her better. THIS female cat wanted to be QUEEN from day one! Kids are excited but I just feel sad. Feeling Guilty About Rehoming a Cat. Rehoming a cat affects humans too. My much loved cat died in July from HCM at just four years old. Because even if it’s just guilt you need to wait until you would not feel guilty, because guilt can become a major problem in the relationship after you bring in the new Cat. About two months ago, I lost my 4 year old cat to PKD, I only had her for about a year before she was diagnosed. The majority of the time a pet is put to sleep for very good reasons. There is no statute of limitations on grief over a cat, any more than there is on grief over a human. The problem with guilt is that it often comes hand-in-hand with shame, which is a feeling that can hold us back from talking to others. Now I am consumed with guilt and regret and I am worried I won’t love him as much. Even if you made the decision for the right reasons, it isn’t easy. Old cat was one in a million. -Accept your Role in Responsibility- If you accept your role in being responsible for having to give up the pet, you can see it as a learning process, rather than a guilty one. As with bereavement, the anguish will pass. Expect to feel similar emotions to bereavement. I am so naive about cats and some of the conditions they can get, so when she started acting strange, I had a vet come in and she told me she had stage 3 Kidney failure. Some of them, like Derek Tangye (A Cat in the Window, Lama, A Cat Affair), are 1-cat … Recently, I've really been craving the companionship of another cat. Always before, a new cat in the house would hide for a day or so, scoping things out. Coping With Guilt . Hello, I wasn't sure which thread to post this in. A New Cat. From the beginning the new cat had issues, but old cat seemed to like having her around. Some bereaved pet lovers feel guilty, sad, or confused about adopting a cat or buying a kitten from a pet store. I brought her home, isolated her, did slow introductions, etc. Your veterinarian can help you determine when the time may be right to put your pet to sleep if you feel it is suffering since sometimes putting it to sleep is the only way to relieve the pain. Do try to talk to your friends and family about your loss. Guilty Cats - Funny cat feeling guilty for trouble Compilation To post this in guilty, sad, or confused about adopting cat... 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