Are there any hadith about cats in Islam?

There are numerous hadith that prove that pet cats are allowed in Islam yet it is not a Halal animal to eat. Here are the Islamic guidelines;

Is Cat a Halal Animal?

According to a hadith, the cat is not a Halal animal to eat in Islam.  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ forbade eating cats and he forbade their price. – Sunan Ibn Majah 3250

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Can we pray in presence of a cat?  

If the cat is not a halal animal to eat, can we pray in its presence? There is a hadith that answers this question.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said cats do not invalidate the prayer, because they are one of the things that are useful in the house. – Sunan Ibn Majah 369

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Can we eat something touched by cats?

Muslims also have a great concern to know if we can eat something touched by cats? 

According to Hadith, Aisha رضي الله عنه ate the pudding that had been licked by a cat. She also said that she saw Prophet Muhammad ﷺ performing wudu from the water leftover by a cat – Sunan Abi Dawud 76.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, wash the utensil the dog has drunk from seven times: the first or the last of them with dirt. And when the cat drinks out of it, wash it once. – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 91

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).

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.