They Have Never Lived With One

Sweet PoohGirl is on her daddy’s lap in this picture. She was always with him and didn’t have much to do with anyone else. She also slept beside him every night.

After her daddy passed away in October of 2015 she was never the same. She stopped eating for several days and when she began eating again she ate very little. She would eat for a few weeks and stop eating again for 3 or 4 days. She kept up that routine until her body finally gave up. We tried different things and many different foods to try to get her to eat but she refused. Eventually the periods of her not eating took a toll on her and she lost too much weight. Nothing we did helped her get better. She missed her daddy so much she could not stop grieving.

She would lay in my lap and sleep at my feet after my Shug passed away…but I just was not her daddy that she loved so very much.

Those who say cats and dogs are not capable of loving or showing emotions have never lived with a cat or dog. They love deeply and they do grieve, sometimes they grieve for a very long time. No one will ever be able to convince me otherwise.

46 thoughts on “They Have Never Lived With One

  1. I agree completely, dear Mags. Dylan grieved my husband for a long time and now doesn’t like being left at home for longer than an hour…I think he is afraid I will also not come back. Now Pooh is with her beloved daddy again. Dylan sends nose kisses to Chancy and hopes he’s not very sad.

    1. Chancy seems to be doing okay now…he was very sad for several days. I still find myself looking for her. I will pass on the nose kisses from Dylan.

  2. I totally agree. Actually, I’d say animals are often more capable of loving and feeling than humans – after all, animals don’t lie and their behaviour is always sincere, which isn’t always the case for people.

  3. Bless her. Such a moving post. You are so right, they do grieve as they know nothing but unconditional love and get so affected by loss. Sending you healing thoughts ❤

  4. With all the stories you read, hear and personally experience I never understand how people can claim animals do not experience loss or grieve or have souls. I think these types of people not only never maybe lived with an animal who grieved, but they are sociopaths. Not all sociopaths are serial killers- some just have no conscience or feeling towards other living things and in my experience it is the ones who do not like animals or believe they have this type of intelligence who are sociopaths. I do not trust people who say or believe such things- it just isn’t normal.
    My deepest condolences and thoughts are with your family.

  5. You are right. Pooh was such a gawjus girl and we miss her. She and her daddy are together again and will wait fur you. Hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  6. There’s a video out of a cat being shown his deceased humans video and voice. The cat sits and watches and then all of a sudden lays its head against the phone as if to hug his human. It is so heartbreaking. Oh yes, they do grieve. and they do feel, and oh do they love. Thinking of you as you miss your two sweethearts.

    1. It is heartbreaking to see them grieve for their loved ones. You are so right that they love and they love us a lot. Thank you for thinking of us. Hugs

  7. They do love freely and grieve. I have seen it too many times. I am sure Chancy misses her very much. You can lean on eachother to help ease the loss. Sending hugs and caring wishes during this difficult time.

    1. Thank you sweet Patti for the hugs and wishes they are much appreciated. We still miss her very much but are getting a bit better each day. Hugs

  8. We remember those days, Mags 😦 It’s heartbreaking to see them grieving. Granny always says that animals are like human souls, they only have a different body. Pooh’s in peace now and we hope you and sweet darling Chancy will find peace too. They will live on in our heart furrever. Soft Pawkisses especially for the both of you🐾😽💞

  9. So very true ~ I watched Zoey, who was Poppy Vic’s “heart cat” grieve after he went to heaven.
    So thankful though, she was blessed to be adopted into a new home (where I happen to be visiting as I write this) and a new Daddy took to her and she to him … and so it has been now for quite a few years. I miss her, though I do visit … and I know in my heart it is so right for her …

  10. That is so sad. My mom’s cat has been grieving since last April when her Daddy passed away. She wakes my mom up meowing during the night.

  11. Our fur kids do grieve. Goober stopped eating and howled for Pip. I had to work to bring Goober back to food. When I found Bella, all that changed. Goober’s eyes shined again and he loved his baby girl. I still tear up overtime I think of Goober’s pure heart and the love he had for everyone. Pooh is with Shug and all the other precious babies. I know Goober is in good company ❤ Thank you for posting Sweet Sis.

    1. I remember sweet Sis when you went through the loss of sweet Pip and having to help sweet Goober through his grief. Sweet little Bella came at the perfect time not only for Goo but for you also. I hope my Shug has seen and spent time with Goo and Pip. He enjoyed seeing their pictures when I showed them to him in your posts. I never got to be with sweet Goo in person but seeing his pictures always make me smile and sometimes I tear up also. Love and hugs sweet Sis. ❤

  12. Yes, animals definitely grieve. Flynn was devastated when his brother had to leave us. Even though we let him say goodbye to Eric, he even came out and watched us bury him which we hadn’t planned on. He seemed to accept it sometimes, but other times he would walk around calling out to him and then lying by his grave. It was heartbreaking to watch.
    I am sure the stress of losing his litter mate brother triggered his hyperthyroidism.
    I hope you are doing okay.

    1. I remember the change in sweet Flynn after sweet Eric had to leave. Poor Flynn missed his brother so much. Him calling out to Eric and lying by his grave is just so sad. They both were very special and I so enjoyed their blog. I know you miss them a lot as do I and a whole host of others. I am glad to be back on Blogger so I can visit more often and see the flashback photos that you share. Hugs

  13. I know you suffered every moment with Pooh as she grieved for her Daddy. heart breaking for all of you…. my heart hurts for you and Chancy with out Shug and Pooh

  14. Oh Maggie that is so poignant about Pooh & Shug. She really was her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ wasn’t she??? And she DID grieve for him; no doubt of that. You did your best for her & I’m sure she hung on for you & Chancy.
    Now she runs with all your other 4 leggeds & Purrince, Siddhartha Henry, Nylablue & Mingflower. And she is with her ‘Daddy’ Shug once again.
    I am relieved Chancy is doing all right. You hold on to him! I know you will.
    Sending you {{{hugs}}} Sherri-Ellen & ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

    1. We are getting quite a crowed running together aren’t we…all of them so sweet and precious. I am holding on to sweet Chancy and so thankful we have each other. Hugs dear friend.

  15. And you are right Mags. I have seen Robin grieve when her favorite boy went away to school. He called her on the phone, which got her straight to the phone every time, he left her voice messages on the answering machine for her to listen to……he sent her tape recordings…she pressed against the speakers to hear him…he left her clothes each time he came home. She loved all her human brothers but Bruce was the most extra extra favorite. When she passed away it took all four of us over 5 years not to choke up while speaking of her. We still miss her.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. We never stop missing them do we, especially those that left such deep imprints on our hearts. Some I miss now and then and others I miss all the time. I am back on Blogspot again so it is easy to get back in touch with all of my pet bloggers there. Being there will make it easier for those who want to follow my blog…I know some don’t like to come to WP at all. I have missed all of you. Love and hugs dear Carole.

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