Cats and dogs might be animals, but just like us humans, they are capable of feeling a range of different emotions. You can tell when your pet is excited, anxious, scared, angry, or feeling calm, and similarly, you can also tell when their feeling depressed and sad. If you have recently lost a pet in your household, you might notice that your remaining pets seem to be grieving — that's because that's exactly what they're doing. You may be devastated because you lost a fur baby, and they are devastated because they lost a friend and close companion. It's not fun to watch this happen, and it's important to put aside your own feelings enough to help them through it, as they really need you in this moment. It's essential to know how to soothe pets who are grieving, rather than ignoring it.
According to Healthy Pets, your pet will have a "distress reaction" when the other pet dies. Signs of this could include a change in sleeping and eating habits, a lack of interest in the things they usually love, a reluctance to be alone or without you, and a sad habit of wandering the house and looking for their deceased friend. Again, this isn't something you just want to ignore, assuming your pet can get through it on their own. They need you to be there for them, and there are specific ways to do that without harming them further. Below are a few tips on how to help your grieving pet through their loss: