Grieving cat refuses to leave grave of her late owner after a year

This tabby-and-white cat living in Central Java, Indonesia constantly returns to her late owner’s grave and has effectively lived on and around it for a year. She nuzzles the gravestone. She cries by the gravestone.

She walks to her former home (the home of her deceased owner) daily to be fed by the old lady’s children. She then returns to the grave.

A guy, Keli Keningau Prayitno (aged 28), tied to adopt her but failed as she wanted to be by the grave.

Grieving cat in Central Java
Grieving cat in Central Java
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Grieving cat in Central Java
Grieving cat in Central Java
Grieving cat in Central Java
Grieving cat in Central Java
Keli
Keli who took all the pictures on this page.

Keli said:

‘Since the cat’s mother died she has stayed here at the grave. She does not want to go home. She has been here for almost a year.

‘I thought she was homeless and tried to help but every time she would keep returning to the same place.

‘I saw her everyday and noticed that she was always there, but sometimes would leave for a couple of hours then come back.

‘I followed her and she was going to the home where she used to live and the lady’s children would feed her.

‘Then the cat would go back again to the same place. She sleeps there and meows.

‘It’s very sad to see. It shows just how close animals are to their owners..’

Keli said the late owner was an old lady named Ibu Kundari. What a lady! And what a cat.

It is a very touching story. It is almost as if the lady’s spirit is hanging over her grave and the cat can sense it. The cat rolls around on the ground as if she is transferring the scent of the deceased lady onto her.

A simple story of a love between cat and human companion. Cats do grieve. There is ample evidence of it.




4 thoughts on “Grieving cat refuses to leave grave of her late owner after a year”

  1. Oh my gosh this is so touching and overwhelmingly sad to imagine the poor animals’ grief. I am equally sensitive and critical of such claims and always question. i.e. how does the cat know the owner was buried there if scent might be the means? Aren’t bodies embalmed and buried in caskets? My quick research says no. As an Islamic culture, that’s not done. The dead are buried within hours of death and often what’s called “green” (in a biodegradable box). It’s likely her body never left the area and her scent might still be emanating from the body long after burial, in addition to the scents of others visiting her grave site who the cat might have been familiar with. The grieving cat knew what became of her loving companion.

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    • Agreed. Many people here don’t know that burial without embalming is an option as long as burial occurs within 24 hours of death. And, a simple wooden box is what isused.
      So, this sweetheart has 2 scented areas (her home and her mom) that she just travels between. Poor little soul.

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    • Agreed. Many people here don’t know that burial without embalming is an option as long it occurs within 24 hours of death. And, a simple wooden box is what is used.
      So, this sweetheart has 2 scented areas (her home and her mom) that she just travels between. Poor little soul.

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  2. Oh my heart…

    Ofcourse cats grieve.

    I’m trying to figure out how she knows that her mom is there. Did she see her buried? Can she smell her? Is there such a spiritual connection that they are able to communicate?

    I choose to opt for the latter although Ibu should let her know that she isn’t within her body anymore so she can free herself from that cemetary.

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