I recently (June) lost my heart pet. My Monkey was sent to the bridge which broke my heart. It all happened very fast, vets couldn't even figure out what had happened and I was not interested in doing an autopsy like they wanted.
My youngest, Dexter who is 4, grieved pretty hard.. and still is. He walks around crying at night, clingy (not just affectionate, but desperate to be with people all the time) and is not as active as he once was. I am trying to help him through this process.
I do not want another cat or kitten right now, my heart is not in it at all. I am still hurting over my Monkey and feel as though bringing in another is not right at this time for me.
I have always gotten pets for ME, not for my other animals, so thinking about bringing in another for Dexter... well, it's a foreign idea to me.
I am going to exhausted every avenue to try and help Dexter move on, but not sure if it will work.
I do not feel that I need to 'replace' the pets I lose, I feel like I need to cherish their memory and when/if I am ready, then think about and plan for another.