Seeing there are so many experienced pet people here, I am looking for a bit of help.
I had one of my cats pass away in August. Her and my bigcat Amos had been together for 12 years. She was being treated for hairballs, but then suddenly she started declining in health rapidly. She was then diagnosed with lymphoma and died two days later. I know the two other cats knew she was sick, they did act funny around her. But Amos loved his "girlfriend" and would still curl up with her at night.
After she passed all of us were pretty upset, including the dog, who looked for her for days. And all the scents of the vet, and the burial everything just doesn't wash off with soap and water to an animals sense of smell. So it was not very good for about two weeks with my dog and the young male cat. But Amos is a different story.
He will not go upstairs at all. I had to move his litterbox downstairs, his food bowls downstairs. And not one day in the 13 years I have had him, has he missed curling up in bed with me. He eats, potties and sleeps......and sleeps.....and tears his hair out when he is awake. Vet gave him a shot of depo-medrol, and said to start him on prednisilone 5mgs in about two weeks after the shot. Yeah good luck getting a pill that is the size of an asprin down his throat, he's a big boy with a big bite.
He doesn't even bother with the other one, and the young male is a bad bad little mischevious boy. He bounces all over Amos, chews his ears, swats him in the face....and Amos just lays there with a sad look on his face. Makes me think of Eeyore the look he has.
I had sent a email to TAAG awhile back, I really want to get a new furry. Maybe he misses the female in the house? And yes my boys are fixed, and so was my girl. I know she ran the roost with her little calico attitude, she took no crap from the boys OR the dog. It's so sad to see him just lay there and not be interested in anything.