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Is It True That Cats Go Away to Die? — 5 Comments

  1. Domestic cats still have their wild ancestors instincts, one of which is to hole up to die in privacy, but modern day life prevents them from following that instinct. We have had very old cats, who as their life was coming to an end, wanted to go outside, even in bad weather. It’s well known that cats withdraw from their loved ones if they are unwell, that they hide the fact as long as they can. Of course in this world which is dangerous to cats now, we can’t just open the door and let them go off to hole up somewhere and die. But I do think most would prefer to do that if they had the choice!

  2. I am sorry about the heartbreak you suffered over the loss of your beloved cat. I have felt the same.

    I disagree with the conclusions of this article. I believe that the cats who die in view of their owners (like the poisoning you mentioned) do so as their way of asking for help. Obviously, the human is not able to help them, so they die.

    Also, I believe that many cats do go away to die. As a child/young adult, we owned a Siamese, Samantha, who lived to be about 17. We had a fenced in yard and she loved to go outside. The day she passed away, she decided to stay inside. She had a clean bill of health from the vet. Later that evening, my mother called in tears. Samantha had crawled under a chair and passed away.

    Many years later, I had an indoor/outdoor cat, Arnold Swartzenkitty, who loved to explore the countryside. He was neutered. At night, if he wasn’t inside, I panicked because we lived in the country and had wild dogs and coyotes who eat cats. He always came home to the clanking of a spoon on a bowl. 😀 One afternoon, we went to visit my in-laws. When we came home, he didn’t come to greet the car. My husband found his body underneath his work truck. Arnold never went underneath the truck. He was very street-smart and knew to stay away from cars. Because Arnold knew I would have a stroke if he didn’t come home that night, he chose to “hide” under the truck where his body would be safe and he knew I could find him.

  3. I am so sorry about your cat. I will not let my Pippa out to roam because on top of the usual hazards we have coyotes. I see too many posts on our neighborhood app that a coyote jumped a fence and snatched a pet before the owner could get out. Heartbreaking. But the garden enclosure sounds great. I see on the web instructions for DIY catios for very little money. I may give it a go.

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