General Care For Your Cat

Prayer For A Dying Cat

There is an end to any life, and it is named death. No one is an exception to this, including your cat.

Saying goodbye to your cat may be tough, but it is something that you will have to experience one day and accept it as part of your life. However, for some people, it helps to ease their pain if they are able to give their cat a proper goodbye before they actually leave the mortal world.

Here, I will address different type of prayers that can be said for people with different beliefs (mainly those who believe in Heaven and reincarnation). They aim to be a guideline and can be amended to be specific to the religion that you believe in.

Prayer for Those Who Believe In Heaven

Some religions, such as Christianity and Islam, believe in the existence of Heaven. They believe that when someone passes on Earth, his/her soul leaves the body and is judged before God. Those that are worthy will enter Heaven where they will live their afterlife with pure bliss and perfect health, while those that are unworthy will be sent to Hell to be punished for their sins.

Depending on the religion, some acknowledge that animals do have souls, while others do not. Even if your religion does not believe that animals have souls, know that your cat loves you as much as you love your cat, with or without a soul.

For those people that believe in a religion that acknowledges that animals have souls, you can make the following prayer:

“Dear God, (name of cat) is ready to leave this world.
Please send your messengers and receive him/her,
and if he/she is deemed worthy of your blessing,
lead him/her into Heaven the land of paradise,
so that he/she may enjoy his/her afterlife in bliss.”

For those people that believe in a religion that believes that only humans have souls, you can make the following prayer:

“Dear God, (name of cat) is ready to leave this world.
Please make his/her passing less painful
so that he/she may leave the mortal plane in peace.”

Prayer for Those Who Believe In Reincarnation

For other religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, they believe in reincarnation. These religions usually believe that all life have souls, and any life can reincarnate into any physical form of life existing on Earth. This means that an animal can reincarnate into another animal, or become a plant or human in the next life.

For these people, you can make the following prayer:

“(Name of cat), your time with me has brought me much happiness.
May you leave in peace and contentment.
I pray for you to return to the mortal world in a better life,
and if fate and karma allows,
may we meet again in the future.”

Prayer for Atheists

Atheists lack belief in any God(s) or Higher Beings, and therefore do not say or offer prayers in their daily life. However, this does not mean that they cannot say any prayers – they do, it is just that it is not to a particular God or Higher Being.

Therefore, atheists can say a simple prayer (not as formal as the above) as below:

“(Name of cat), thank you for your time with me.
I greatly enjoyed the time we spent together
and will remember you until my death.
May you leave in peace knowing my love for you.”

Prayer for Pagans

In the dictionary, pagans are defined as “a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions……especially nature worship”.

When I use the term ‘pagan’ here, I refer to people who follow the path of nature-revering/based religions or spiritual paths of the ancient world. Wicca, a contemporary Pagan new religious movement which aims to revive the religions of the ancient world, is an example.

In Pagan religions, animals are no lesser than humans and should be treated with equal respect. In fact, pagans believe that animals are considered part of the family and are usually given the same respect during life and upon death.

As such, an example of a prayer that can be said is as follows:

“(Name of cat), thank you for your time with me.
I greatly enjoyed the time we spent together
and will remember you until my death.
Know that you are unique and irreplaceable
,
and that my love for you will never fade.
Though I am greatly saddened by your departure,
I am glad that you are able to return to
the loving embrace of our Mother Goddess and Father God.
Have your rightful rest,
and if you wish so,
please return to me someday in the future
so that we may continue to walk the path together.”

Some Final Words

With these prayers, I hope that you can find some peace in your cat’s departure and make your cat’s transition from life to afterlife filled with love and blessings from you.

As mentioned before, the prayers listed are merely for reference and you are welcome to make changes and amendments depending on your own religion.

My first cat passed due to an error on our part. She was a really beautiful black and white cat who was really cute and adventurous. We did not screen our windows despite living in a high-story flat. This had, unfortunately, resulted in the death of her, which could have been avoided. Even until now, I am still grieving and mourning over the loss of her, which happened all the way back in 2013. I offer frequent prayers in hope that she has found a better home and experience more fortune and lesser suffering in her next life, and of course, I wish for her return to our family.

If you have experienced the loss of your cat before, please share in the comments how you have handled them. These experiences will definitely help those that are experiencing it currently to find the most suitable way to handle this loss.

Of course, if you have any questions that you want to ask, anything you wish to clarify, or simply want to express your thoughts and feelings, feel free to leave a comment too!

8 thoughts on “Prayer For A Dying Cat

  1. Great post and good info. 

    I love to read it, I believe in heaven, not only for cats but for everybody, all animals and humans. 

    When our dog died, we buried him with a ceremony, our cats will have the same. 

    They are a part of the family, and they deserve this. 

    Thanks for sharing this great post. 

    1. Emmanuel,

      I am really glad that you believe that heaven is for all animals and humans. This is what I believe in too.

      For us, we cremated the pets that passed on into the afterlife, and we will continue doing so for the pets we have now, as burial for us is not quite possible. They are part of our family, and they deserve the same respect as any of our family members have.

      Thank you for your sharing.

      Rachel

  2. Rachel,

    Very intense post, very much to the point. I am a dog person myself, but was looking up some information on my sisters cat and came across this post. 

    A very well written post you have here. I actually didn’t know that Buddhists believed in reincarnation, kind of makes me feel silly. 

    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your first cat. I remember losing my first pet. I will never forget that. Thanks for sharing,

    Nic

    1. Nic,

      These prayers can work for any family pet, not just cats. I do have dogs too, and I use the same prayers for them. Hope they are useful for your family too!

      We all remember our pets, first or not. As long as we keep them in our memory and remember our love for them, it is sufficient.

      Thank you for sharing too.

      Rachel

  3. Hi Rachel,

    I have never experienced the loss of a cat, however, I have lost a few animals, my most recent being my horse who got cancer. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your cat and I pray that you do not blame yourself. I am sure she is at peace and was grateful for the time that she got to spend with you.

    1. Hi Celeste,

      The loss of her in that way was one of the reasons why I wanted to create this website to tell others how they should care for their cat in the proper manner. I had brushed up on this area ever since the death of her and I wanted to share with others so that they do not make the same fatal mistake with me.

      Thank you for your sharing and comfort.

      Rachel

  4. Hi Rachel, It is extremely sad and distressing to lose a beloved pet, cat or dog. My belief is that God loves all His creatures and so when I lose a pet I thank Him for the years of joy that I had by loving the cat/dog.

    That is what gives me comfort, remembering all the good times. The lovely memories.

    1. Hi Jill,

      Indeed, having a pet brings much joy to us, and we should be grateful for the time we have spent with them. May God bless you and your family pets.

      Rachel

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