Pet Talk - Pet Health
by Dr. Fran Good, DVM
October 22, 2003
Photo by Mary Kauffman
More importantly, when the older pet dies, the young owner will have a companion to soften the loss of his first buddy. If a young child's only pet dies, he is sometimes so wounded by the loss, he'll say he doesn't want another pet. That's because all he can see is Death, the pain of losing his best friend. In that case, bring him a new, adorable, wonderful bundle of fur to love him, and pretty soon the vision of the Grim Reaper will fade. But it's always easier on the little guy if he's got another little buddy he can hug while he cries.
In fact, if we're talking about feline bundles of fur, you might want to consider two kittens. Two kittens are not that much more work than one, and they can take all their aggressive biting and clawing energies out on each other, as opposed to on you or your child You do, after all, want him to like the kitten. And get different sexed kittens for fewer cat-cat-aggressive problems when they grow up. You want the kittens to like each other, as well.
Whatever you get, you won't
be replacing the one that died. Each and every one of those cute
fuzzy balls of fur, grows up to be a unique and amazing fount
of different ways to make us laugh, and love, and ultimately,
cry. But they grieve the loss of a friend as we do. Having someone
share your child's loss of a beloved buddy, can only make it
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