Celia and Margaux were never close, but they did live together for nearly 13 years, and Celia is taking this much harder than I expected.
For the first few days, she hardly slept at all. She sat on the back of the couch just staring out the front windows, I think watching for any sign of Margaux. She's been very jumpy. One day when I went into the screened porch calling Mr. Casper, I saw her on her hind legs pawing furiously at the storm door, and trying desperately to see out. I knew she thought I was talking to Margaux. When I opened the door a crack and she saw that it was Casper, she ran back a few steps and gave me the most reproachful look, like I had betrayed her by making her think Margaux was there or maybe just by being out there with Casper.
Then she slept constantly for several days, but since yesterday, she seems to be back to being wide awake. She gives me this sad, questioning look wondering why I haven't yet brought Margaux back from wherever she went, and I can see that every day, she looks a little sadder and she has a little less hope that Margaux is coming back.
She's started to do some things that Margaux always did but that she didn't - pawing at or walking in pee clumps instead of leaving perfectly round, neat pee balls, sitting on the towel where she gets dry food to let me know she's hungry, waiting for her wet food in the kitchen, even eating her wet food there yesterday and today. And she's suddenly gone from meowing once in a blue moon when she wanted food to meowing every day, sometimes more than once. Yesterday, she meowed even though I wasn't looking at her, which was a first.
Has anyone else seen their kitty's behavior change after a pal has passed away? If so, was it permanent?
I've been spending a lot of time with her, giving her lots of attention and cuddle time, which she has really wanted, and telling her how much I miss Margaux too. Since she didn't get to see Margaux's body, is there anything else I can do to help her understand and to comfort her?