Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
One of my cats has a sensitive tummy to certain canned foods, but Fancy Feast he tolerates and most of the time Weruva. Also, he tolerates well the freeze-dried raw foods, such as "Primal Freeze-Dried Nuggets--Duck Formula" that is reconstituted with warm water.
As far as when one cat dies and leaves it buddy, yes they do grieve, some more so than others, really depends on their bond. I had one female who once nursed a kitten from another litter (two queens decided to share a box with all their kittens together). When the younger one at 15 yrs. died suddenly, the older queen was 18 yrs. and her health was slowly ebbing at the time. She went through the whole house yowling for her buddy, stood in front of ever closed door and insisted I open it so she could see if her buddy was there. At that time they were both indoor/outdoor cats, and she would sit in the exact same spot in the vegetable garden where her buddy sat. She went off her food, and slept the days away, lost interest in everything. Her health declined quickly within 2 weeks, and one night she died while I was asleep.
So when is the time to let an old cat go to the "Rainbow Bridge"? Only you can determine when that time is......if the cat is not eating, appears to be in pain and is suffering, has no enjoyment of life any more, when any medical intervention is going to be more stressful and painful to the cat and will not extent its life much longer, then you should consider it. It's always one of the most difficult, heart-wrenching decisions in life to make, as we love our cats so much and don't want to let go. It's my belief that we will see our beloved pets again in the spiritual world, and that's the consolation for me.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
in avatar. "Always in my heart."