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I feel sad and lonely because I can’t get over my cat dying.

Question: My cat died last week. She was unwell and after a few days of medication I came home from school and she wasn’t moving. She was dead. I was so upset, I couldn’t stop crying and blaming myself. I’m also angry with the vet because she should have known which medicines to give! I could’ve helped her and saved her, but instead I made her die. I can’t sleep and I feel like crying constantly. At first my friends were sympathetic but now they’re telling me to get over it and to get a new cat. I feel so sad and alone, please help me. Teentalker , 13-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

That sounds so difficult! We can get so attached to our pets that when we lose them it feels like losing a family member. It sounds like you really loved your cat and really nurtured her like a parent does with their child – so blaming yourself is normal. It’s normal, and yet it feels terrible, doesn’t it? You have done everything in your capacity to take care of her – however I understand that the pain is still real. It feels like you’ll never be able to move past this pain – but trust me, you will. And when you do find the p.....

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