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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-24-2015, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Help a lonely cat

Two weeks ago I had to put my sweet gray tabby Katie to sleep. Now her friend of 6.5 years, Annie, is alone. She is handling the loss well (eating fine, not looking for her, etc.) but is obviously very lonely now.

Until she was 3, she had my parents' cat to keep her company. I moved away and she became attached to my hip. I realized she needed company while I was at work so I rescued Katie 2 months later. They became great companions.

I don't think I can handle getting another cat for many reasons. Annie will be 10 in October but is still very active. I thought putting back up my fish tank. She always looked at it. I would just love any suggestions to help her the 3 days a week I am in the office.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-24-2015, 01:11 PM
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She misses her friend. Just adding another cat won't help this. It would be like losing a spouse or SO and someone putting a stranger in the house with you and saying "ok, now be happy". It just does not work that way. She had a special relationship with her friend and you may not be able to replicate that.

She will get used to the new normal. You could get a Roku video streaming device for your TV and there are wallpapers and screen savers that are crackling fires, fish tanks, butterflies, etc. That might be all she needs.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 03:58 PM
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Since Annie is used to having a companion cat, your parent's cat, and then Katie, I think she would do well with a female kitten. You might consider fostering a kitten and see how it goes. Good luck!

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