As I've already said, be sure to have a close friend bring you home from the procedure and stay with you, if that is what you want. Some cat owners decide to be alone, and some really need the company. The last time I had to make that difficult decision, I chose to go away for a few days on a hiking trip, all by myself. You should do whatever helps you cope with the loss.
There is help
As the cat's owner, you bear the brunt of the grief over the death of your cat. For some, dealing with the loss can be an overwhelming ordeal filled with sadness, regret, and even guilt over not being able to do more. If you find yourself unable to come to terms with the loss, I heartily suggest talking to a grief therapist or a member of the clergy - as either will be able to help put things into context.
Speaking once or twice to a professional can often be enough to get you through the worst of it, so don't be too proud to seek help.
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Time does heal
The weeks and months following the passing of your feline friend will not be easy ones. Eventually, though, after finding a place to put the sadness, you will begin to think of the happy, funny times you spent with your beloved cat. The grief will ebb, leaving only loving memories in its wake.
When a pet of mine passes, I always make a generous donation to a local animal shelter, in the hope that it might save some lives. I make the donation in the name of my departed pet, out of respect and love.
Excerpted from The K.I.S.S. Guide to Cat Care by Steve Duno
Copyright 2001 by Steve Duno.
Excerpted by permission of Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.
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