Is it right to tell the kids that the animal is still at the vet or went to live on a farm? Or should they be told the truth?
The death of a cat or dog is no greater event than the death of a mouse or squirrel.
As no distinction was made between cat/dog and mouse/squirrel, that comment is simply irrelevant.
I would edge towards telling them the truth. Understanding and dealing with Death, whether it be that of a pet or person, is something they will have to do at some point over their lives. And I never liked providing false hope.
My parents told me when my first pet died. I am grateful they did and didn’t hide it.
Is lying ever right?
Because poppa said it’s allowed?
Of course! Why, do you think popa would lie to us?
If he didn’t lie about lying then that makes him a liar.
That was discussed on that thread.