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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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My house is too quiet now

From going from four cats to one it is odd. It's just way to quiet. I have 3 dogs, a ferret and Fat Albert all in the house but it's just quiet. Every morning it would be 8 animals under my feet all running to their food bowls and it was crazy,lol. Fat Albert is really social when it comes to me but he is super lazy. Usually I would have a cat chasing a ferret a dog chasing the cat then somehow it ends up the ferret chasing the cat and the cat chasing the dog,lol. Fat Albert was always the one to sit and watch. Koda the ferret even looks sad but he still has the dogs and me. Its so weird. Has anyone else felt like there house was way to empty after loosing a pet(not just a cat) even though you have more animals?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 06:08 AM
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Oh yes, I know your emptiness all too well. Last summer I started out with 6 cats and 2 cocker spaniels. There was always someone (usually a dog) on my lap and under my feet. Unfortunately within a months time I lost both dogs. The house seemed so empty. I kept thinking I needed to get up to let the dogs out/ in.

Our cats used to hang out in the periphery when the dogs were alive. Gradually we noticed a shift where they starting ha ging out with us and now, a year later, it is not unusual to have all 6 cats in the living room with us just happily lounging around. It is definitely a different life than what we had, but in some ways it has gotten better.

I still miss my boys terribly, but it gets better when I see Gracie sprawled on the couch in between my husband and I, something that would never never happened before.

I hope your heart feels even a little better soon.


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 10:58 AM
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losing even 1 animal leaves that empty feeling i think. we were only a 1 kitty household for a little while, but when her spirit moved on, the house felt IMMEDIATELY empty. my husband and i could not face even 24 hours "alone". we went to the shelter the very next day and met Angel who needed us just as much as we needed her. we can't imagine life without her.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 02:36 PM
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I've experienced this a few times. You may have several animals but there is a kind of balance that has been disturbed. I believe that sometimes other animals that need you are already calling to you.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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I've thought about adding another cat. But Fat Albert just doesn't like other cats/kittens. There are a few he gets along with. He actually gets along with the stray I am trying to catch so if I can she will be the new member. Plus, my mom isn't to keen on the idea of getting another cat
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:53 PM
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Yep, I used to have 4 dogs and 3 cats here, but since the first of the year my husband moved out taking two of the dogs with him, and a couple months later my 17 y/o cat Pookie passed. Actually I admit having two of the dogs gone (and yet still knowing they were in good hands) was a relief, one of the ones he took was bad with the cats, so I immediately felt a harmony that hadn't been there before. When Pookie died though I felt like I had a vacancy to fill and I started looking right away. People thought I was nuts, but Zoey has been a great fit and I feel so lucky to have the crew I have now.
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