Hindu shrine and cats in Hinduism

Cats in Hinduism.

Cats in Hinduism.

The regard for animals is well known in Hinduism. Hurting any living creature is a fundamental No-No, period. Where a cat is concerned, if a Hindu kills a cat, they must go to Kashi and donate a small cat made of gold. You can, therefore derive, that killing a cat is very prohibited in Hinduism.

Within the practice and different gods, there is a goddess represented with a cat. Shashthi or Shashti (literally “sixth”) is a Hindu folk goddess, venerated as the benefactor and protector of children (especially, as the giver of a male child). She is also the deity of vegetation and reproduction and is believed to bestow children and assist during childbirth.

In countries where Hinduism is practiced, a cat may be-rest assured, that it is safe. However, they are not as embraced, as one might assume. Having a pet cat, or any pet for that matter is not at the forefront of practices. But most importantly, cats are very well protected, including feral cats.

Check out more on cats through the ages.

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