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My husband passed away 12/20. Our 11 year old male domestic…

My husband passed away...

My husband passed away 12/20. Our 11 year old male domestic cat has not left my husbands closet for 3 weeks.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?

I placed his food and water nearby. He is continuing to eat and use his litter box without any problems (I moved them to this bedroom). He was always very playful and talkative.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Ben

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ben?

He acted like a dog with my husband, they would walk around the pool together, he would watch through the window for my husband to drive into the driveway, and spoke very loudly when around him.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Did Ben have a fall?

Yes I think so. How did you know that

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok thank you. What would a fall have to do with his new behavior?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No

I am so sorry about your husband. MY sincerest condolences for your loss. Cats grieve just like people. Plus Ben is upset because he senses your saddness. He feels safe in the closet because he smells familiar feels in there. If he fell in a room he could be scared to go back in there. Give him time, he will come out when he feels safe again.

make a cheap safe mood stabilizer add 3 mg of melatonin to food containing turkey. Either baby food or canned cat food.Turkey contains l.triptophan so combining it with melatonin will calm her down. However it must be given every 24 hours as the effects are cumulative.https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/melatonin-3-mg

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