If you have friends, acquaintances, or family members who have to cope with the death of their cat, it is important that you provide support and / or find the right words. However, it is equally important to avoid using the wrong words. Below are three classics that no one wants to hear after their cat's death.
1. "It was just a cat"
Some people cannot put themselves in the position of a real animal lover or do not know what it means to build a close bond with an animal. For someone who loved their cat, it may not have been "just" a cat, but a loved one. A cat does not have to be emotionally unimportant than a human, so the death of the animal can hit its owner accordingly.
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2. "When are you going to get a new cat?"
This thoughtless phrase is often heard when someone is comforted after the death of a cat. However, it is extremely insensitive. A cat - like other beloved creatures - cannot simply be replaced by another cat. It is similar with people: if someone loses a friend, it is not easy to find a new friend to overcome the grief.
3. "You had the cat really long"
… Or alternatively: "Cats don't get that old." Of course cats do not live as long as humans and leave us beforehand. But this is clear to every owner and should not be rubbed under the nose of the velvet paw after the death of the velvet paw. No matter whether old or young died - the loss and the grief associated with it cannot be diminished by old age.
This is how you can assist mourners
Be empathetic and don't downplay a cat's death. It is important that you are there for the griever and support him emotionally. If you can't think of anything to say, you'd better not say anything than something rash. A simple "I'm here for you" or "I'm very sorry" usually helps a lot.