The title is a bit misleading. In multi-cat households some cats will grieve, in their own way, the passing of one of the cats in the house. They might search for the departed cat or cry out more often that usual. They may behave in a depressed way and become quiet.
But other cats or perhaps a single cat might react in the opposite way, not because of nastiness but because there may have been a longstanding dispute between them over territory or some other aspect of shared living space that had stressed the remaining cat.
The once stressed or dominated cat no longer has to suffer that difficulty and therefore feels more content as the cause of the stress is eliminated. He becomes calmer, friendlier and happier.
Not quite jumping for joy as described in the title but more content, nonetheless.
Siamese and cats in the Siamese family of cats (e.g. Oriental Shorthairs and Balinese) are the sociable breeds and therefore the most likely to benefit from the introduction of a new cat. However, that is probably an oversimplification as it is dependent upon the personalities of individual cats.
Has anyone experienced this or am I exaggerating and falsely assessing what might happen?
Dee, a very experienced cat guardian and carer says:
In a multi-cat household, it is the caretakers job to make sure that peace prevails. There may be “cliques”, but they must all be integrated and demonstrate tolerance for one another, if not caring. If done correctly, there is no celebration for the loss of a fellow member.
There, now you know….Thanks Dee.
Michele has this experience to share:
Many years ago I adopted sibling kittens from a local rescue. The male was sociable and confident, whereas his sister was timid, but very affectionate with those she trusted. As they grew up, they had as little to do with each other as possible. There was never any hissing, staring matches or signs of hostility, they simply ignored each other. When he died, she became a much more confident and outgoing cat and my vet at the time told me it was fairly common for a timid cat’s personality to blossom when a more dominant individual was no longer around.
The important aspect of this is the personality if individual cats. Timid cats are more likely to be stressed than confident cats and therefore more likely to benefit from the passing of a confident cat in a group. That is my thought about this.