I have never done this but now I see that it can be done I regret it. I think it is a nice thing to do. I am sure that many newspapers don’t have this facility but The Times does and there are a couple of announcements today:
Whiskas died on August 28 2015 aged 18. A beautiful cat who came to me as a stray aged three and who was home-loving and good natured. Still much missed by Julie Clough.
April died on September 14 2015 aged 19. A pure white cat, April came to me when she was four months old. An affectionate girl, she and Whiskas were the best of friends and I miss them both very much. Julie Cough.
It seems to me that these sorts of announcement are very healthy. They are a marker and public recognition of a cat’s life and his/her role in the life of his owner. The announcement declares to the world one’s love for one’s cat.
Perhaps it could be said that an In Memoriam announcement is part of the grieving process. It is healthy for that reason.