The other day I said to The Boss, "It's going to be so sad for Catfish or Tarzan when one of them dies."
Then he says that I'm so "negative" and why do I think of such things?
Idiot! It's not negative at all. Being negative is assuming the worst in a situation when the outcome can't be known. The fact is, one of the cats will die before the other. And the only reason I mentioned it is because they are so close. I don't even think of that when it comes to the dogs.
I love watching them together. They're always rubbing or licking each others' heads. They often sleep together in the same small cat bed. Of course, like any couple, they have their spats. They also have fun playing and stalking each other.
Have any of you had two pets that were extremely close then lost one? How did the survivor deal and what did you do to make it better?
I have a friend from the Air Force who had two black labs they got together. When both were around 5, one got cancer. Though they tried everything, he died. The other was inconsolable. He wouldn't eat and was clearly depressed. The vet had them try all kind of things to get him to eat, but he kept losing weight. They tried medication. Nothing worked. The vet finally said to get another dog. They got a lab pup and that did the trick. The surviving dog had a friend again and started eating and having fun.
Pets do form close bonds with both other pets and people and can have a hard time getting over a death. I don't know how cats would be, as they are not true pack animals, and I've never had a cat die when I had more than one. I think Catfish would do better than Tarzan. And as you know, it's easier to introduce two dogs than two cats sometimes!
Of course, I would try to find a new friend for the other, unless the survivor was really old.
As to my worrying about things. I do not worry as much as some people do (My Mom and our very own B to name two!). But I do notice that as I get older I think about things, future things, that I never thought of before. I think that is normal, especially when we get of a certain age. Anyone feel the same way?
Above is Catfish, all by himself on the couch as Tarzan does a yard patrol. I wonder what an animal thinks when one leaves? We've all heard about elephants remembering others from decades prior if they meet again, and show true joy when reunited. Or dogs that will lie on an owners grave or keep looking for them after they've died--until they themselves die. Or the poor dog dumped on the side of the road who stays in that one spot, just knowing his person will come for him. Makes me sick! Just goes to show how loyal and loving animals can be, often way above humans. Something everyone should remember.
posted by Sandy at 1/15/2008 02:41:00 PM