This blog was written over three years ago and readers are still posting affirmative comments. For all those folks who have recently lost cats (as happens so often during the holidays), I invite you to take solice from the comment. Original post:I know of at least one reader who takes issue with my personal belief that cats and other creatures have souls. I subscribe to an affirmation I will paraphrase: "I don't want to go to Heaven if my cat can't be there." Since faith is not a science, none of us can actually prove the existence or non-existence of Heaven, or that bridge to the Beyond we call the Rainbow Bridge. Many of us simply choose to believe that there is such a place and that one day we will be reunited with our lost beloved cats.
Yesterday, when I announced the passing of Norton, our Cat of the Year for 2006, I was reminded of a poem I quoted years ago in a memorial to one of my own cats:
A WRITER'S CAT
I remember the day a favorite cat died.
At dawn I carried him into the garden and laid him on a bed of mint,
The eyes I had known for almost thirteen years followed me about.
When the post arrived, he gave a short purr.
It had been his habit since a kitten.
It was his last link with my world of manuscripts and books.
Our parting would be soon.
Later when I wrapped him in an old cardigan
I thought of Anatole France and St. Mael's
baptism of the penguins
And how St. Catherine had said:
"Give them souls -- but tiny ones."
I will settle for that
For my cat.
By Neville Baybrooke
Do you believe cats and other non-human creatures have souls? Your opinions are important to me.