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Losing a beloved pet is a painful experience.

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Top 3 poems about the death of a cat

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Poetry can be a helpful guide as you navigate through the pain of pet loss. Here are a few examples of poems about a cat's passing.

Losing a beloved cat is one of the most painful things a pet owner can experience. While the hole in your heart may not subside right away, time will heal your wounds. Here are a few cat poems to help you through your grief:

On the Death of a Cat

Who shall tell the lady's grief

When her Cat was past relief?

Who shall number the hot tears

Shed o'er her, beloved for years?

Who shall say the dark dismay

Which her dying caused that day?


Come, ye Muses, one and all,

Come obedient to my call.

Come and mourn, with tuneful breath,

Each one for a separate death;

And while you in numbers sigh,

I will sing her elegy.


Of a noble race she came,

And Grimalkin was her name.

Young and old full many a mouse

Felt the prowess of her house:

Weak and strong full many a rat

Cowered beneath her crushing pat:

And the birds around the place

Shrank from her too close embrace.

But one night, reft of her strength,

She laid down and died at length:

Lay a kitten by her side,

In whose life the mother died.

Spare her line and lineage,

Guard her kitten's tender age,

And that kitten's name as wide

Shall be known as her's that died.


And whoever passes by

The poor grave where Puss doth lie,

Softly, softly let him tread,

Nor disturb her narrow bed.

- Christina Georgina Rossetti

Just A Cat

Just a cat some folks may say, just get another one.

They just don’t understand, the bond can’t be undone.

I watched that “Just a cat” be born, in fact it was in my lap

Her mama had joined me in my chair, I thought to take a nap!


In an instant my life had changed, when I saw that tiny face

When my little Beast was born, and began to run the place.

I nursed her when she was not well, I nursed her when she was.

I took the worse and loved the best, that little ball of fuzz.


Through the good times and the bad, she was always there

Then when we finally settled down, and lived without a care.

A few years went by, one day at a time, we were a happy lot

You never think about the day, or maybe you forgot.


But in the end it happens, good things just don’t last.

That tiny little life is snuffed out. The years go by too fast.

I watched her as she was born and loved her every day

I heard her heart beat that last time before she went away


So to some of you she might have been “Just a cat”

But to me she was my little Beast and nothing can change that.

- TMMorehouse

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,

that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends

so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,

and our friends are warm and comfortable.


All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.

Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,

just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;

they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.

His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.

Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,

his legs carrying him faster and faster.


You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,

you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,

and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,

so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

- Author Unknown


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