Over the past 2 years, we have had a lot of pet deaths in our family...
April 2009 - 7 yo cat died - brain embolism
September 2009 - 6 yo rabbit died - old age
November 2009 - 15 yo cat died - cancer
July 2010 - 13 yo dog died - old age
October 2010 - 11 yo dog died - cancer
November 2010 - 14 yo cat died - cancer
January 2011 - 14 yo cat died - kidney failure
Our soon-to-be 5 year old has obviously went through this with us. Although she would seem sad, she would bounce back very quickly. She probably doesn't fully understand death, but she does know that once you die, you aren't coming back and she'll never see you again. This morning one of our cats died (14 yo w/kidney failure) and before taking her to the funeral home for cremation (we opt to cremate instead of bury in fear of one day moving...), I asked DD if she was sad and she said "no." I asked her why not and, although we've never "replaced" any of our pets with another animal, let alone a puppy or kitten, she asked if she can get a kitten now.
I'm not sure if since she's dealt with so much death that she is becoming desensitized or if this is a normal reaction.....?
Answer by vicesix at 7:48 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
Answer by nebcutie at 10:38 PM on Jan. 29, 2011
Answer by mama2bof2 at 1:25 PM on Jan. 30, 2011
Answer by Pixie81 at 2:47 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
Answer by vicesix at 7:50 AM on Apr. 21, 2011
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