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February 26, 2011 1:37 PM Subscribe
How soon is too soon to adopt another kitty after the death of the first one?
posted by apostrophe to Pets & Animals (34 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I put my cat
to sleep last Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 14 and very loved. I'd had her since I was 19 and we grew up together. She was just the best damn cat ever. I've cried my eyes out all week. And now am finding it comforting to look at pictures of kittens on petfinder or craigslist. After gazing at hundreds of furry little faces, I saw a pair of sister cats that tugged at my heartstrings. I could just...go meet them today! But then again, I don't even have the ashes yet from my lost cat. I know it's conventional wisdom to wait, to 'properly mourn' the last pet. But what does that even mean? I guess I'm just looking for opinions/stories/anecdotes about adopting a new pet after the death of a previous one, stories from people who waited a long time or didn't. How do I know when I'm ready? What are the risks of moving too quickly? Aren't human hearts spacious places with room for loving lots of kittehs?