Do Cats Have Souls?

Cat with soul
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If humans have souls so do cats. If souls truly exist they cannot be a human invention. If the soul is a human invention it has no substance. In which case let humans retain the concept for themselves.

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!” – Theophile Gautier – cat quotes.

There is no reason on earth why humans should have a soul but cats and other animals, shouldn’t. If humans are more intelligent that animals, which is questionable, we have to ask if the possession of a soul is dependent on a certain level of intelligence? If you say it is, I have to ask, why and how that can that be the case? There is no logical connection between a soul and intelligence. We are all living creatures. Homo Sapiens is an animal that happens to be, what we call, human.

If the idea of a soul is a human invention then it can only have been invented to assuage the human’s fear of death. Souls live on beyond death. Almost everyone fears death but it is a young person’s fear. Young people fear death, very old people who are at the end of their life welcome the release.

As far as I am aware, animals do not think about life after death. I believe they have no fear of death, which is why they have no concept of the soul. That does not mean a soul does not exist for animals.

The Free Dictionary defines the soul with reference to humans on every occasion:

The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state (one example).

This is a respected dictionary. On this basis of this modern definition we have to conclude that the soul is created by humans for humans to make life more bearable.

Hippocrates (460 BC – c. 370 BC) an ancient Greek doctor said:

“The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different.”

Many, today would disagree. I agree with him, of course.

Each person has their own idea of what a soul is and means. I believe it is a human concept and is not a truth that exists outside of human society. That is a very personal thought.

I do believe that animals live beyond death in the memory of living creatures, animal and human. Perhaps that is my version of the soul.

16 thoughts on “Do Cats Have Souls?”

  1. A white cat entered my life when I was buried alive in sorrow. I bottle fed him and helped him grow, while he fed me with love and helped me recapture joy. We were together for 9 years. In the last 3 years tumor in the throat tortured him and no vet could help him. Yesterday, he looked at me with puzzlement when a vet gave him the final shot which was hurtful. I’d like to die with him but I still have other obligations. Some very cruel religious people told me that cats do not have souls and I will never see him again. I will never again go near any church.

    • Thanks Ruth for your interesting comment. I am pleased that you agree with me. I am so pleased too that you had nine good years together. The church goers are stupid and blinded by their faith. They are wrong.


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