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pet death and depression

Sunday, October 06, 2013

a couple of days ago, i had to have my beloved pet cat of 20 years euthansed. of course, this has resulted in grief and depression. when i'm depressed, ofter i eat to "stuff" those feelings down so i don't have to feel them. has anyone else experienced this and how did you handle it? does anyone have any suggestions to help me cut down on over eating during this emotional time? thanks, marcey
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    Yes, I went through this about 10 years ago with my sweet Himalayan. It was a very tough decision to have his life ended, but the kindest thing I could have done to save him addl. pain. It's very hard to lose our furry loved ones. Big hug.
    1678 days ago
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    They grab our hearts so well. Then there is this big empty spot.
    When I are really depressed I do not eat. As long as you are eating try some healthy snacks. fruit, veggies, etc.
    1684 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss; we lost our dog about 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. My daughter is making a scrapbook album for the dog and putting in pictures and memories along with a poem. You might want to do the same either a scrapbook or just a memory album commemorating your pet. Also try and keep busy and do not hang around the kitchen; take walks or call up a friend to talk.
    1685 days ago
    emoticon It's SO hard to let them go even when you know it's the best thing. If you can, find other ways to grieve and to celebrate having had your dear companion for so many years. When I lost my Cat of Cats, my mother gave me a little wooden angel kitty ornament. I've written on it the name of each departed kitty. Write a requiem blog. I wrote "What's in [my] name - Requiem for Sable". See My blog April 7, 2013. I played Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Requiem" on my piano and wrote Sable's name and dates on the top of the music. And, we unexpectedly got another cat much sooner than we'd thought. Miss Moppet is only 1/3 his size at barely 7 lbs and nothing like him at all except in color, but she made a new place in our hearts and kept our other grieving cat busy. Last thought: invent low cal versions of your favorite comfort foods. With 30 cal almond milk, baker's cocoa, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon, I can have a comforting cup of cocoa for about 50 calories.
    1685 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2013 4:44:17 PM
    I am sorry to hear of your loss of your furry family member. I lost my
    Junior Sept. 18. I had him for 18 years, but he could possibly have
    been 20 or older.

    Eating is not going to make you feel better. I am putting a shelf up over
    our tv, placing 3 candles on one end, Junior in the middle, and a picture on
    the right. He always wanted to be in the same room we are most always in,
    the den, so therefore, his wishes are honored.

    It doesn't quit hurting overnight, but your kitty definitely would not want you
    to add to your health issues by trying to eat your way through your grief.

    Take care, and be patient. It will become tolerable.....just never go away.

    1686 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my beloved cat Sammie the day after Christmas last year. No doubt, it is rough, but you will make it through it. Give yourself time to grieve. Just because they have fur does not make them any less important than losing a human loved one. Give yourself time & when you want to eat just think that you are going to get healthy in honor of you Kitty!
    1686 days ago
    I'm so sorry for your loss.. I so "understand, as I tend to be an emotional eater as well! I'm so much better than I used to be, but fear I will always be a work in progress!!! Here are a couple of ideas that work most often for me.... putting GUM in my mouth... chewing....chewing...chewing.... also... keeping low calorie vegetables handy for when I just can't resist... adding flavor to my water... something I rarely do, so its a sweet treat... I like the sugar free punch powders... Again, even though I'm better I still fall short and over eat... so don't be too hard on yourself... this too shall pass!!!

    Blessings! emoticon
    1686 days ago
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