The Universal House of Justice has received your letter
regarding your much loved cat. We are to convey the following response.
Your letter indicates that you are already familiar with the Teachings of the Faith about animals. The animal world, like the rest of God’s creation, mirrors forth His attributes to a prescribed degree. Although the animal spirit is not immortal, through the instinctive virtues with which God has chosen to characterize it, it provides man with tokens of some of its inherent virtues such as innocence, gentleness, affection, friendliness, fidelity and joy qualities which man may well emulate to foster his own development. The following excerpts from published talks of the Master may be of interest:
When asked about the individual persistence of the animal’s personality after death, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said: “Even the most developed dog has not the immortal soul of the man; yet the dog is perfect in its own place.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London: Addresses and Notes of Conversations, p. 97)
Train your children from their earliest days to be infinitely tender and loving to animals. If an animal be sick, let the children try to heal it, if it be hungry, let them feed it, if thirsty, let them quench its thirst, if weary, let them see that it rests. Most human beings are sinners, but the beasts are innocent. Surely those without sin should receive the most kindness and love animals, except those which are harmful, such as bloodthirsty wolves, such as poisonous snakes, and similar pernicious creatures, the reason being that kindness to these is an injustice to human beings and to other animals as well
. But to blessed animals the utmost kindness must be shown, the more the better. Tenderness and loving-kindness are basic principles of God’s heavenly Kingdom. Ye should most carefully bear this matter in mind.
(Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp.159-160)
Be assured of the loving prayers of the House of Justice in the Holy Shrines for your continuing well-being and serenity.