My little brother's cat died. How long should I wait to bring home a new cat?

Canada
August 2, 2007 11:45am CST
My 10 yr old brother's cat died a couple of weeks ago. He was very upset at first but is doing fine now. I want to bring him a new cat from the shelter, how long should I wait?
2 responses
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
2 Aug 07
That will depend on your brother, mostly. You might want to wait until he expresses a desire for another cat, which I'm sure that he will eventually. It might be a day, week, month, or even several months from now. There is no "set" time, as people's grieving processes vary. When I lost my Tabitha last October, I went to the shelter with my sister and adopted a new cat, Waffles, the very next day. I couldn't stand to be alone in the house. I'm much too used to having one or more cats around as company.
• Canada
2 Aug 07
Thank you for the advice. I am hoping to get another cat as soon as possible but, you are right. I need to respect his feelings. I just love cats and I want to rescue them all!
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
3 Aug 07
I do, too. That's why I've avoided visits to shelters. I'd wind up bringing all of the cats home!
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
2 Aug 07
hey nanette99!I'm sorry about your brother's cat.I hope he'll recover soon from the grief.but it's hard for a 10yo,i remember losing my favourite kittycat when i was 10.give it a week.and then ask him.take care now,hope this helps!
• Canada
2 Aug 07
thanks for the suggestion sugarfloss, My brother is a pretty strong kid and he seems to have bounced back already. I am just worried bc it was his first and only pet. He has been going through a lot of channges at home (divorce, etc.) and his cat was his one constant. I will follow your advice and ask him if/when he is ready for a new kitty.