What are the Islamic teachings related to Cats?

The cat is not a unique animal; we often find the cute little animal roaming around in the streets. Most people adore them so much that they like to keep it as a pet animal. The fury little animal is harmless (often). I have never heard a person gotten attacked by a cat as we often hear by dogs.

However, it often clicked me what are the Islamic teachings related to cats? Islam, a complete religion that has guided us related to cats. So, I just thought of compiling the authentic information related to cats and share among you. In an earlier post, we have already shared Islamic teachings related to dogs.

Is Cat a Halal Animal?

Basically, the cat is not a Halal animal. We cannot eat it. The animal has been prohibited from eating by Islam. According to a Hadith, a Muslim is not allowed to eat the flesh of the cat. (Sunan Ibn Majah; Vol. 4, Book 28, Hadith 3250).

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Can a person pray in presence of a cat?  

One of the things that confuse a lot of people is whether the presence of cat invalidates the prayer? For instance, if one is praying and a cat crosses by, does the prayer remain valid or not? The answer lies in a Hadith.

According to the Prophet PBUH, the cat does not nullify the prayer. (Sunan Ibn Majah: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 369). The very Hadith claims that cats are among those things that are useful in the house. This also points out that having a cat in the house is not harmful.

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Is cat a pure Animal?

Yes, the cat is certainly a pure animal. According to a tradition, Hazrat Aisha R.A ate the pudding that had been licked by the cat. (Sunan Abi Dawud, hadith 76). She said that the cat is a pure animal so much so that the Prophet PBUH once used the water left by the cat for ablution.

The Prophet PBUH had asked the people to wash a utensil only once if a cat eats in it, however, if a dog has eaten in a utensil, it shall be washed seven times. (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 91)

It is also narrated that Holy Prophet PBUH lowered a utensil full of water for a cat so that it could drink water and performed wudu from the remaining water. (Sunan an-Nasa'i, Hadith 68)

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How should we treat cats?

The unharmful animal should be treated with kindness. Allah SWT does not like the person who treats cats with harshness, so much so that the lady who tied up a cat until it died out of hunger and thirst was put into the fire of hell as a punishment. (Al Bukhari, Book 18, Hadith 90)