Deceased cat bedding-can it be used by a surviving cat?

by Annette
(Burgaw, NC)

Rocky, a 13-year old cat was diagnosed with cancer had labored breathing. Rocky died. But had a younger cat. Her behavior changed. Now cold weather is coming. If we wash Rocky's bed, can Ruby smell Rocky's scent? Can II offer the bed to Ruby or can she smell his scent? Annette

RESPONSE:

Ruby's behavior has probably changed because she misses Rocky. Even when cats aren't real buddies, they are aware of the other one's presence and know when things have changed.

As for the bed, washing the bed with a good detergent and adding a scented fabric softener like "Bounce" during the drying cycle will remove Rocky's scent.

Since cancer isn't contagious there is little danger of any disease being present in the bedding but a good washing will remove any residue from sneezing or little spit-ups etc.

You might also wash any toys that were used by both of them since Rocky's scent will also be on them. If an item isn't easily washed, then take a damp cloth with an antibacterial soap and give it a good wipe.

It's not easy losing a pet for you either. So, I hope you allow yourself to grieve a little. Best wishes to you and Ruby.

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