The percentage of cats over six years of age has nearly doubled in just a decade, according to the Cornell University Feline Health Center. This seems reasonable because just as humans are living longer lives, our cat’s indoor lives combined with advances in veterinary medicine may be contributing to longer lives for our furry friends.
An animal’s death can be the toughest thing for us. For our pets, many of us identify as their caregivers and just as losing a close family member, the loss of our animal can be devastating.
After losing my best friend when I was a teen, I experienced my first encounter with depression. Her name was Mew-Mew, she was a beautiful long hair calico cat who passed away suddenly and in front of me from what I believe was a heart attack. Her loss left me shattered for many weeks and forever changed. I had experienced my first encounter with death and had lost my best friend from when I was 5 years old.
Last year, I spent many Sunday afternoons volunteering in a spay and neuter clinic. I helped both the staff and the animals who had been brought in to be spayed or neutered or to receive vaccines, nail trims or pre-scheduled wellness appointments that happened once a week.