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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-08-23 09:59
Subject: Putting the Abyss into Abyssinia
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It's two weeks on, and rather sadly, we think our cat Talia is not missing Kosh at all.

Indeed, we think she may actually be slightly happier without him around. Being twice her weight, he did tend to dominate a bit, and if he wanted attention, then he got it. If she was sitting where he wanted to, well, she'd just have to wriggle out from under.

She's certainly enjoying being on proper tasty catfood again.
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bite me blondie
User: felinitykat
Date: 2010-08-23 09:14 (UTC)
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When my parents' last-but-one cat passed away, we thought her younger sister would really miss her. Turns out that the invisible cat hierarchy in their house had been repressing younger sister her entire life, and when she became the only pet she became a different cat (more affectionate, more relaxed).
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-08-23 09:22 (UTC)
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'Entire life' was certainly the case for Talia. Kosh was already there in the giant kitten pile when she was born.

(Not siblings but consecutive litters. They had one grandparent in common.)

And yes, I think she's a little more relaxed. Not more affectionate, because she's always been that, but a little less insistent when she does get us.
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The Uitlander: Angus
User: uitlander
Date: 2010-08-23 09:23 (UTC)
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When Mallory died Angus changed personality. He went from being the sulky cat that lurked upstairs and widdled everywhere to a big, confident thug who ruled the roost and was much happier, and particularly enjoyed no longer being used as a cushion in the cat bed.

They're not wired the same as us emotionally I'm afraid.
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Muninn and Huginn
User: muninnhuginn
Date: 2010-08-23 10:12 (UTC)
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Good for Talia.

Little, however, is still wandering up to where she last saw Big and then coming up to M or me and giving us a very hard stare. We're noticing that she's very lively, but that may be in comparison with the sick cat.

I'm assuming she's still getting used to the change in her environment, tho' I'm not sure it counts as grief in our terms.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-08-23 10:29 (UTC)
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As uitlander says above, they're not wired the same as us. But I really would have expected a little more effect on Talia now that the fellow cat who, even if not a litter-mate, was there right from her birth, is gone.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-08-23 11:23 (UTC)
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This is often the case. She probably does miss him in certain ways, but cats adapt fast and she will be revelling in being the centre of attention and Queen of the house.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2010-08-23 16:59 (UTC)
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I'm not entirely certain I'd expect someone named "Talia" to miss someone named "Kosh"...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-08-23 17:30 (UTC)
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First season Talia. We were somewhat chagrined by the plot developments, but by then it was a little too late to rename kitty.
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