Cat Mourns His Dog Friend in the Sweetest Way

It looks like someone could use a hug. And maybe soon, a newly adopted buddy to help his heart heal.


Losing a family member is always hard.  And not just for us, but for our pets, too.  They sense that something is awry, and they quickly notice the absence of that person or other pet.  This cat is mourning his dog friend, and expresses his grief in such a heart-touching way.

In January, Redditor enns5320 posted a photo of his cat with the caption:

My dog recently passed and we got a statue and have its collar around it in memory. This was my cat’s reaction when he found it.


2.7.15 - Cat Mourns Dog Friend


It looks like someone could use a hug.  And maybe soon, a newly adopted buddy to help his heart heal.


82 thoughts on “Cat Mourns His Dog Friend in the Sweetest Way

  1. breaks your heart. Reminds me of my cat. After my daughter died and I had to clean out her room he sat in a shoe box in her closet for 3 days straight

    1. Awww, I’m so sorry your daughter died. When was that, and how old or young was she? if I’m not being too personal?

  2. For a little over two years, my wife and I worked in Saudi Arabia. Our employer brought over one of our dogs and one of our cats as part of our compensation package. The other cat and other dog stayed with the kids.

    When we came back we were a little concerned that the two sets would re-integrate, no worries. When the cat (Maine Coon) saw the dog (golden retriever) he ran to him and gave him a big standing hug. The golden rolled on his back and the two of them rubbed up against each other for a good five minutes before chasing each other around the yard. The poor Scottie had to wait her turn. Then she and the stay-behind cat engaged in the same behavior, then all four in a big rotating pile of paws and fur.

  3. Would rather be around animals any day ! Have had cats most of my life and anyone who says they aren’t loving doesn’t know them.
    All of them have lived between 17- 22 years.

    1. I know! I’ve gone from hypo-allergic to housecats in just a few years. They’re hardy, loving, beautiful, emotional, hilarious and everything in between. People who think cats are distant and humorless need to relax. That’s all it takes.

      1. Same here! I was a hypoallergic kid (I mean, ER bound) until, as an adult, I took in a calico kitty called “Rascal” who would’ve been euth’d if no one had taken her. I renamed her Rachel. Amazingly…I had no swollen eyes or wheezing for air. Whether it was time or divine intervention I don’t know, since no cat had been allowed near me for 20 years. All I know is, Rachel was the first in what’s been a long line of cats — multiples, practically from that revelation — and I’m healthy as can be. I love cats…they’re the perfect blend of grace, elegance and humor. And love! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

        1. That would be “hyper” allergic. “Hypoallergenic” means less likely to suffer allergies.
          I am highly allergic to cats, but I love them! Do you think maybe you had a few sniffles at first and then got over it, or did you have no symptoms from the start? I would love to have a kitty, but I have asthma, too.

          1. My husband was VERY allergic to cats, and a kitten found and adopted us (he was orphaned), and he started the itching, watery eyes and swollen face, etc. Our kids wanted SO badly to keep the kitten, and a friend told him to try cayenne pepper. She said she was very allergic, tried the cayenne, and now has 10 cats. 🙂
            He tried it, took the powder cayenne and wet his finger, got some on it and put it in his mouth. (For those like me that can’t handle hot, there are cayenne capsules-they take longer to work, but still help) After a while, he was able to do that about once every 3-4 months before symptoms would show up again. A day or so, two or three doses, and he was good for another 3-4 months. AMAZING!! It’s the capsaicin that does it. It somehow blocks allergies–we had that cat for 10 years, and now have another cat. Hope that helps.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. Sorry for your loss, only bad thing about loving your animals, their time is so much shorter than ours….. God Bless you……

  5. I grew up w/a dog in the house…my father used to on the spot of the moment grab the shotgun and head for the montai to try his luck at baggin’ a jack rabbit…we lived in very small village located right between two mountains in NW Spain….on them haunts my father usually drank water fm a spring right on the mountain side….once, after dirnking he just took off…continued on his way heading for home down the mountain….he got home and noticed that the dog was not w/him, so he turned around….found the dog next to the fountain sitting next to his jacket…that he forgot there….Sola was a very special dog….

  6. This smart kitty can smell his buddy from the collar. Giving him comfort most likely, but some confusion as to where his buddy really is. It is so sad when a pet loses it’s companion. Grief is not for humans only. And you can’t “explain” what happened to a cat or dog. It is a sweet photo, none-the-less.

  7. We gotta love the animals, people. All the animals. What a colder world this would be without them.

  8. Brought tears to my eyes. Animals have feelings and grieve when they lose a friend…. I have seen that with my own cats….

  9. People don’t realize how emotional cats are. My mother’s cat was moved to my house 2 weeks before my mother was to arrive and was adapting well. Sadly, my mother died in a car accident on her way and the cat knew. She stopped eating and the vet inserted a tube into her throat to force feed her. He told me it would take her 6 weeks to heal emotionally and was right on. She was eleven at the time and lived to almost sixteen when she had to be put to sleep for medical reasons. Thank you for the photo and story.

  10. Our cat mourned her bestie, our Golden Retriever. They lived together about 7 yrs. She carried his collar around the house. Sadly, she died about 3 months later. Her liver shut down. I was sure it was a broken heart.

    1. If critters aren’t allowed in Heaven then I’m not going thru the Pearly Gates. I’m crossing the Rainbow Bridge to be with the animals. Where I’m sure there will be an abundance of people too.

      1. That is sweet Redneck. I am praying that the Rainbow Bridge is connected to the Pearly Gates. God Bless you for your love of the beautiful furry beings. <3

    2. Me either…I have said good bye to so many pets over the years and I want to go to the Rainbow Bridge and be reunited with them all once more…That would be Heaven!

  11. Awwwww. My jrt’s were very quiet after my rottie passed. They were quiet for almost 2 wks. Jrt’s are NEVER quiet. I’m sure they picked up on my mood too….. 🙁

  12. This made me want to cry. Sure hope they got another dog so the kitty can have a pal. You can NEVER replace one that has moved on, just make room in your heart for another one that needs love.

  13. When we brought my dog’s body home from the vet, my cat meowed as if he’d lost his soul mate, which he had. We all said our goodbyes and then kitty was ok. Animals do mourn.

  14. My boy Marco was depressed for awhile after his litter brother, Sammy, passed away. He is now happy and content sharing his home and wisdom with his new sister and brother, Scout and Jem.

  15. Oh how that touched my heart.. They do feel ..I couldn’t live without a cat in my house.
    I have two.. and have experienced the same thing when my dog passed..
    they sensed it .

  16. My dog had to have emergency surgery and spent 2 days at the vets. My 3 cats lay on her bed and yowled when they couldn’t find her. When we brought her back home, all 3 insisted they sleep with her and she had a kitty babysitter at all times. Cats and dogs may not always get one, but they miss each other when one goes.

  17. Our pets notice everything and feel deeply, they have a deeper sense then humans when something is awry. Thie story and photo is very touching and so sad. Humans could learn a thing or two from their pets. I’ve seen and understand just how intelligent pets are, they know when you’re down, when ur up, and even when something hurts like when the arthritis flares up and they lay across your knees as if to say “let me make it better”. They wish nothing more that for their humans to be happy and healthy and when we shine they celebrate with us, they are beautiful gifts from God, please let them know they are loved and cared for and treat them with repect because they give so much love. With love and peace x

  18. When my dad was dying our cat (somehow) got his work coat off the hanger & dragged it through the house to his chair – he wouldn’t leave it – 7 years later the cat still has his bed made out of the coat. We have bought the cat new beds, but no he wont use them – its the coat or nothing. Animals

  19. When my dad passed away his Maine Coon cat Boots was heartbroken. When mom had to spend the night in the hospital Boots and her Chihuahua Jed shunned her for a couple of days to let her know how unhappy they were with her.

  20. My cats loved my dog. We had her cremated and put her ashes on her bed until we decided where to scatter her. The cats curl up with her often. Breaks my heart.

  21. On my late little man Rens birthday 12/7 I wanted to keep him close to me. Dax his sister couldn’t stop trying to to snuggle. Broke my heart to how much she must miss him.

  22. Anyone who believes that animals don’t have souls, don’t have emotions, don’t love, has never really know a pet. I’ve seen pets mourn–they may not wail and shed a lot of tears but they do feel things just as deeply as a human. I think their perspectives are different, maybe their souls are slightly different from ours but just as relevant and just as strong. We are not their masters, we are fellow travelers who can make things nicer for them (and in return they make our lives sweeter).

  23. That is so sweet–just goes to show you animals do have feeling and a heart when it comes to losing a pet friend or human.

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