Cats have shorter lifespans than people and that leads to the inevitable consequence of your pet dying before you do. That death is every bit as profound as the loss of a human loved one and the animal needs to be mourned in the same way so you can eventually move on. How you deal with that death is important to your mental health and you also have to cope with the non-understanding and non-appreciation of people who are either not animal lovers or who have never owned a pet.
On the pages below are articles about pet loss - how do deal with the death of a pet as well as personal experiences with regard to losing an animal.
If you'd like to share your own story, please contact me.