Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern California
My elderly cat, Wintressia, was devastated when her lifelong companion, my German Shepherd, Ember, died two years ago. They had grown up together and had been best friends for 12 years.
However, when Ember died, Win began to grow a lot closer to me. She'd always been a skittish, standoffish, unaffectionate cat, and now she's super-affectionate and wants to be close to me at all times. It was an unexpected ray of sunshine from my beloved dog's death (although I would not have traded Ember for it, had I had a choice).
I wanted a new puppy (or kitten!) very badly once I got over Ember's death, but my situation makes it impossible for me to get any new pets (caring for my disabled father in-home). Now, I also know it would be terribly unfair for me to stress Win with a new addition, since she is still somewhat skittish and frightened by ANYTHING new; plus she has several health issues. Despite the fact that I selfishly want a new tiny fuzzball in my life, I know that my obligation to my current fuzzball takes precedence :}
I also think that it's possible that, if a cat passes in a multi-cat household, the other cats will grow closer to each other and to their humans and might not need a "replacement".
Any replacements are usually for the humans' sake anyway ;}