Do Cats Go to Heaven?

Last Updated on March 22, 2020

When someone loses their beloved cat, it is common to think of them going to Heaven. It is peaceful reassurance we often tell ourselves to make the pain lessen. While there is no proof on this one way or the other be it scientific or Holy, is it possible for cats to go to Heaven at all?

Soul vs Spirit

Cats have the basic senses that most living creatures have; Sense of smell, touch, sound, taste, and sight. The biggest difference from us and cats is that we have a soul and a spirit, where cats only have souls. The difference between the soul and the spirit is conflicting emotions. The soul governs emotions, both good and bad. The spirit, on the other hand, is the head seat and governs the soul and the body. With a cat, because they only have a soul, they base emotions solely on natural, God-given instincts. They are able to form relationships, become happy, jealous, and so on. Since we have spirits, we have the conflict inside us to choose what is right and what is wrong based outside of instincts or common laws of creation. We have the laws and morals of God in our hearts and learn on higher levels of authority, where cats (and other animals) only use only their soul.

The Soul is the Mind

In essence, the soul is merely the mind. Since the spirit of each man/woman is the highest authority of a being, that is what continues to live on after physical death. The soul, or mind, is the distinctive emotion behind the spirit, it can be changed upon experience, hinder growth and learning, and can be manipulated and tricked based on experiences both past and present. The spirit is the true living individual in the body. It is what gives us the ability to choose freely for ourselves. Cats on the other hand, only work and choose what they do based on instincts in their mind.

Animals Don’t Face Damnation

So based on the Holy Bible, cats and other animals cannot be sent to hell or heaven because that is where the spirit goes. That is not to say their soul does not live on. The mind of each cat distinguishes them from each other. It allows various personalities and unique characteristics. Because God is love and love is God, the purest and highest form, He knows what is in our hearts. We must remember there will be a new physical life, we will have new bodies, and a whole new (refurbished and holy) world to live on after heaven. This is where God’s true love I feel will make it possible for us to reunite with our lost cats and other animals again.

In short, no, cats do not go to heaven but that doesn’t mean God will not allow their soul to live on in New Jerusalem. The Bible never states that they are gone forever, nor does it say they don’t have a special heaven for themselves. Love makes all things possible, and God is love after all.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe that animals go to heaven? Leave a comment below!

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  1. My black cat is named Blackie. He is a feral cat that lives indoors with us. He is critically ill and scheduled tomorrow for the vet to put him down, if he lives that long. His temperature is dropping and his breathing is very shallow as I watch over him and talk to him about all of our great memories. He is so ill that I finally got to pet him and brush him yesterday. I fixed up a room in the garage for him that has his cat condo with a heated bedroom and the TV that belong to my late father. He has been a special friend and I will miss you terribly. I pray that he is going to a better place. 🙏😢❤️

    • My heart goes out to you. I have just had to sign my little Gertie’s passing out papers after fifteen years of close bonding. I wanted her to die a natural death but sadly this was not to be. As I am now 74 I have consciously taken on an older cat, a twelve year old to be exact, to fill the void. We had so many cats and dogs when we were younger, I could not bare the emptiness when Gertie past . ‘Bugsylou’ has settled in well and in so many ways she reminds me of my previous companion. Together we share the epilogue , she has her memories and I have mine. I hope you will make room in your heart for another cat.

  2. Two weeks ago, I had to euthanize my sweet Maine Coon kitty of 18 years. I brought him home when he was a baby and for sure we had a wonderful life together. He was indoor only and a very loving cat. He was cremated and I have his ashes here now. I know that cats don’t have spirits like humans but truly I believe his soul lives on. He is now free of the old and diseased body which his soul was confined in. I cherish the memories of our time together.

    • I to have had some very sad periods in life white the lose of my beloved Kitty, Dudley, Max, Morty, Sparky and just now Tuker. They were all cremated as well. 15 to 20 years with all my best friends. I miss them sooooo much. But now they are all together and waiting for me. I truley believe ther is something after life even for an animal. Just before they past I told each one of them to wait for me. So they will be there when I come around.
      I miss them and do cherish all of the memories.

    • Believe me Debbie , if we have a spirit so do they. He lives on for sure and you will recognize his spirit and the spirits of others you have loved when one day, you too pass over, for that day also, must surely come as it will for us all.I strongly suspect the soul is energy and energy cannot be destroyed as you know .It is my belief that when we die the energy that forms the essential ‘us’ is released and goes back out into the universe or the God Head if you like. We are a long way from understanding this completely but given time and science it will be proven one day .

  3. My companion of 20 years had to be euthanized 18 days ago. The process at the clinic didn’t go as I thought it should. Since that time not only do I miss him (Oscar) more than anything but I also feel guilty that his last hour was not smooth and peaceful. Oscar was my everhthing. For 20 years I built my life around him. He gave courage to live. Without him I am completely lost. I hope that he is in heaven. And, he was totally black long hair half main coon.

    • Please accept my sympathies. Reading your comment I was reminded of my own recent experience. Because of the Covid restrictions the vet would not visit our house , I had to drive ‘Gertie’ into Leicester (12 miles). She hated the car. The traffic was horrendous, and the journey took forever. The veterinary clinic was cold bare and unwelcoming and shortly into the examination she panicked and had to be held down by force. Several times she tried to escape desperately trying to hide behind fixtures and other fittings. This,for a little cat that had lived her life in the country running through the green fields and climbing trees. I wanted her to have a natural death in the home she loved , instead she was terrified out of her mind, and to see a beloved animal go through that was one of the worst experiences of my life. Never EVER again , even if we suffer another pandemic. I will not put any animal through such hell. I feel I could have used my own judgement to greater effect and with far less distress. Goodnight Gertie -please forgive me.

  4. Dividing things up into ‘soul’ and ‘spirit’ is a largely fatuous exercise.We know so little. I suspect all life goes the same way after death but that is not to say I believe it simply stops , far from it. Always remember, holy books were written by human beings, they might have had intuitive thought but essentially, when it comes to death, they were guessing, never mind what it says in the holy books. We are all energy, and those of you who remember your physics classes will know that energy cannot be destroyed. I believe that energy , in one form or another , is the essence of our being and I further believe that our essential energy continues after death whether we are a human being , a dog, a cat, or a mouse. What happens after that I do not know, and I’ll let you into a little known secret, neither does anybody else. When the curtain comes down at the theatre the actors go their separate ways , but they don’t cease to exist and the part they played need bare no relation to who they are in reality. One day they may come together again in another play , but for now they move on. If we could raise that curtain again we would see an empty stage, but the people who played the various characters, so short a while ago, live on even if we cannot see them.

    So it is, I suspect, with death, and we must stop making pigeon holes, ”human beings go to one place, animals another , sinners down stairs and good people , well, we go to heaven of course!! Whatever happens , even if it’s nothing at all , you cannot change it , so live and love while you may , it could be later than you think.

  5. I had to let my little ginger tabby Scruffy go on January 29, 2021. She loved me for 22 years and I know in my heart that her soul and essence are in a happy place. Playing, napping, and doing all her kitty things. I trust and have faith that in some way we will be together at some point in eternity. Thank you

    • I hope and pray you are right. I personally have seen no less than 4 ghost cats in my life (3 of them were mine, cats that had passed on, the other one just seemed to be a random ghost cat that I speculate was drawn to me because it knew or sensed what a cat-lover I really am.

      • There are reported to be ghost sightings of cats all along the Western front. Cats were kept by both sides in the first world war, mainly to keep down the vermin and not a few suffered the same ignominious fate as their human counterparts . One little chap , carrying a message to the other side , was found guilty of treason and according to reports, executed by firing squad. We human beings really are the most incredibly pompous of all the almighties creations.

    • I just lost my cat, mittens, today March 2, 2021. She is a snowshoe Siamese and was polydactal. Seven toes on each foot. She was with me for 18 years.she was my best companion. I love her so much my heart aches. Thanks for letting me respond.

      • I’m so sorry for your loss. Eighteen years is a long time to know and love someone–it must have felt like losing a part of yourself. I think it’s hard for many people to understand how deeply one can grieve for an animal companion, and that makes it even harder, because then you end up suffering in silence. I wish I could ease your pain.

  6. As stated in the Bible, God is love. Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
    21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Also concerning the Ark, the animals were saved along with people when God himself sealed the door of the Ark. Looks good to me.

    • I take your point . Personally I take a more scientific view . I believe we are all energy , and as you know energy cannot be destroyed , so , the energy that made up our being in life has to go somewhere upon death , and I believe that somewhere is , for want of a better word, the universe. As I see it , there is only one problem with the bible – it was written by human beings.

    • … Im here for you. also, was midnight a black cat? people say they bring bad luck. GUESS WHAT WORLD I HAVE A BLACK CAT AND PUMPKIN IS THE BEST CAT EVER!!!!! no offense, Juliet. my other cat.


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