When my old lady cat died - we didn't know for sure she was dying - the plan was to take her to vet next day but she died in my wife's arms at 2 am All day we locked the two male cats in the hallway and they had access to the rest of the house and upstairs. The male cats and her never got along ... I didn't want them to disturb her When she passed I took her out of the house and then later let the male cats back in My coworker told me this is terrible and I should have had the male cats see the dead body - all they know is she is gone and there is a new kitten now. I feel bad about this did I do the wrong thing? The next day when I took her to the vet to get cremated I felt compelled to open the box and be sure she never came back to life ... her eyes are still open I think this whole experience bothers me but what my coworker said really bothers me.