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This weekend one of my huskies killed my new kitten. We adopted him, and kept them completely separate (except short, 100% supervised "visits") for just over three weeks. My dogs were certainly curious, and from time to time did get into the kittens' face but it seemed more like obnoxious curiosity - it didn't seem aggressive.
I made the most awful decision in believing that they could just co-exist. Unsupervised. I honestly don't know what I was thinking. I felt bad keeping the kitten cooped up in a bedroom, assuming he wanted to be with the family and I let this feeling overcome any sense of protection. I went upstairs to check on him after realizing that one of my dogs wasn't downstairs where he normally was. And I found the kitten dead next to my dog. It looked as though he (my dog) was maybe trying to play and accidentally crushed his skull, but there was blood. My dog was laying next to the kitten with his head down, and the kitten looked like he had been licked quite a bit... I want to believe that my dog knew what had happened and was feeling sad/remorse, but I'm not certain. Anyway. I'm a disaster. I don't know what is worse - the sadness of losing a pet that I had so quickly bonded with or the guilt of knowing that his death was 100% my own fault. I don't know how to grieve and I can't stop crying. I can't even look at my dog. If anyone has any advice on how to handle this I would be forever grateful.
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I am so sorry for your loss. I worried about that happening every time I got a kitten. I remember when I got Smudge and told the rescue that I needed to be sure he and my dog would do well together. Smudge came out of his carrier and started exploring the house. He saw my lab Jessie laying on the the living room floor. I let them sniff noses, Smudge got on top of Jessie and rolled all over her back and it was love at first sight. They were always together. Your situation was an accident. It is quite possible your husky tried to play with the kitten and got too rough. There is no way of knowing just what happened but please do not blame yourself, we do the very best we can, that is all we can ask of ourselves. Take care, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.