Zoey keeps asking to see our cat, Otis, who was put to sleep on Tuesday. I don't know what to say to her. I'm sure I'm not handling it properly as I just tell her Otis went bye-bye. Does anyone have any advice?
It's strange because we have 3 cats and she had such a small amount of interaction with Otis. We kept her locked in our bedroom all during the day when Zoey was up and about, because she was very violent. We went so far as to get a behavioral consultation, and the vet (who is really, really big on medicine and behavioral methods) adamantly felt that Otis was a danger to others and could not be helped. We even had to do a mandatory 10 day rabies quarantine with her because she had bitten 2 people and broken the skin. So...needless to say Zoey didn't spend much time with her. It was limited to me rushing into my bedroom during the day to grab clean clothes, and Zoey seeing the cat sprawled out in the middle of my bed. She pet her maybe once per week when I sensed the cat was behaving herself. Otherwise, the two were never around each other.
But Zoey is nonetheless very distraught and wanting to know where Otis is, and I just don't know what to say to her. Any thoughts? The only thing I know I don't want to do is say anything about Otis having gone to the "kitty doctor" because she understands that our other cat sometimes has to go there for 2-3 day stretches when she gets sick.