SUPPORT: We understand grief for pets

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In the run up to Grief Awareness Day (August 30), Cats Protection would like to let readers know that it offers a grief support service called Paws to Listen.

Losing a cat can be a very traumatic experience and there can be a lack of understanding from family and friends about how deeply the loss can impact on a person.

A survey carried out for Cats Protection highlighted that 73 per cent of pet owners feel it can be as difficult grieving for a pet as for the loss of a person.

Cats Protection understands how much your cat means to you and what you may be going through if your pet is missing, has had to be rehomed, is nearing the end of its life, or has recently passed away.

We have a large range of resources, information and support to help you at this difficult time, including ways to celebrate the life of your cat.

If you’re experiencing the loss of your cat, you can talk to us on 0800 024 9494, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. It’s a free and confidential service, and our volunteer listeners can provide emotional support and practical information.

If you feel you need to talk to someone then please give the Paws to Listen service a call.

We all need to be mindful of the emotional impact that losing a pet can have on a person.

Stuart Sheppard

Cats Protection Contact Centre Manager