Reasons to Rescue a Shelter Cat

rescue cats in naperville Six-to-eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters annually. Almost half of them are euthanized, due to overpopulation.  Of these three-to-four million euthanized animals, about 70% are felines.

Stand-up comedian Pete Holmes puts it best when he expresses why more people prefer dogs to cats. He explains that you have to earn your love with your cats, and dogs love you, “but, they’d also love a bag of sticks with your T-shirt on it.” This means more kitties are left in shelters than doggies, and so the number for feline euthanasia is higher. If you feel you need a new companion, fight to suppress the urge for the cutest newborn kitten you can find. Instead, rescue a cat.  [Read more…]

Common Questions and Coping with Pet Loss Part 2

 

Tips for Coping with the Death of a Pet

This is the second post in a two-part blog session about the pain of pet loss. The previous post covers common questions about euthanasia and pet-loss. If you have not yet read the first post, please click here.

The loss of a pet is a painful and traumatic experience, and the only reason we’re willing to put up with it, is that it is worth it! Loving your dog, cat, bird or whatever is an experience that nobody can take from you, and nothing could ever duplicate. Connecting with many pet owners and loving animals myself, I understand this pain. I’ve learned the best ways to get through it.

Below, you’ll find fifteen quick tips for dealing with the loss of a loved pet.

  • Intense grief is extremely normal. This pain can last for weeks or even months. Just know during this time that you are reacting the way anyone would, know that you are not alone, and know that you are not crazy.
  • Be honest with yourself about the pain. Don’t deny that you’re inconsolably sad; you have a right to feel bad. Express this pain and loss through art, writing, or conversation.
  • Remember the pet and all the fun times you had; watch old video clips or reminisce through photos with a few friends
  • As we stated in part one, wait at least a few months to get a new pet. You must take time to heal, as with all relationships.
  • Distract yourself to help ease the pain. Take up a new hobby or watch movies that will take your mind off your pet. For example, do NOT watch “Marley & Me”.

 

 

 

Common Questions and Coping with Pet Loss Part 1

When you make the decision to euthanize an old or suffering animal, it’s never easy. Even though it’s for the best, and you’re doing the humane thing, it’s often hard. Although nothing can make it easy, understanding the process and your pet’s perspective may help ease the pain and guilt, even if just a bit.

Common Questions about Pet Loss

  • How do I Know Euthanizing My Pet Is the Right Thing to Do?
    Some pet owners are unsure when it is appropriate to euthanize a loved pet; they wonder, “How do I know this is the right decision?” Well, the answer is simple, visit the vet! Ask a veterinarian for a professional opinion. However, ultimately, it’s your decision. If your pet is in pain and can’t sleep or live happily, and if there is no remedy or cure for his ailments, it’s time to let him move on.
  • What Happens When The Vet Euthanizes My Pet?
    Many people wonder exactly what happens during the euthanasia process. Veterinarians are adept at making animals comfortable and not scared; your pet will simply think he is going to sleep. This is a very gentle and humane death. This is a two-step process, though. First, the veterinarian will administer a calming sedative, putting the animal to sleep. After that, the vet injects a medication that will end the life in a quiet and painless way. The animal does not know his life is ending and there is no suffering. This is the best love you can give to your pet when he can no longer live a happy and pain-free life. 
  • Should I Adopt Another Pet For The Family?
    There are many different opinions on the idea of getting another pet after the loss of one.  Though this seems like a great way to heal and move on, it can cause confusion. You must give yourself time to heal; otherwise, you could end up resenting your pet and thinking of him as a replacement, which is completely unfair to the pet.

 

Check Back on Monday for the Follow-up to this post in a two-post session on pet loss.