UK Couple Mourning Their Cat Find Touching Note from a Stranger


A UK couple grieving the sudden loss of their cat, Bear, discovered that he had been leading a double life when they received a heartwarming note from a complete stranger.

This is Bear.

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TravUK of Reddit shared Bear’s bittersweet story: “One of our cats passed away two weeks ago. Today we found this note on his brother’s collar.”

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"Dear Owner; I'm your neighbour, living in 4. I'm also your cats' close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room everyday. But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he ok? I'm so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine. - Y.T. 2/March/2017."

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Teddy (left) and Bear (right)

Bear’s owner dropped a letter through the neighbor’s letterbox, wanting to tell them as soon as possible that Bear had passed. He also included his e-mail address so they could communicate without using Teddy as the messenger.

He woke the next morning to a lengthy e-mail from the neighbor detailing how they loved every moment they spent with the two cat brothers, especially Bear. She even attached a few pictures of the duo being “naughty” at her house.

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Bear’s admirer is a Taiwanese exchange student studying at a nearby university.

“He was just like an angel for me,” she wrote, saying that Bear would come to her house every afternoon and keep her company. Sometimes he would come over just to sleep on her sofa, and his snoring helped keep her awake and focused on her work.

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She shared how Bear would sit on her bed and listen as she practiced her presentations for university. “He was a good listener when I needed a "person” to help me [practice],” she wrote. “He entirely touched my heart. I miss him so much.”

TravUK said the neighbor visited Bear’s grave in their garden and laid flowers in his memory. 

"It was so painful. But hearing how much joy he has given to a neighbour as well as to us is really heartwarming,” TravUK wrote, sharing that they have a wonderful way to remember their beloved four-legged family member. “Makes you proud that he could brighten up more than just my household’s lives.” 


h/t to LoveMeow


  • Maureen

    This is a great story! Thanks for sharing! It’s sounds like Bear lead a full happy life, with a lot of love! Maybe the student will have cats of her own someday soon, thus giving another cat the loving life that it deserves, like Bear and Teddy! Lots of love to Teddy, I’m sure he misses his brother a great deal! I’m sorry for your loss!

  • Kat Wrangler

    This story brought tears to my eyes. Cats go where they know they are needed <3
    Bear and his brother knew this lonely student needed some kitty-time.
    Cats are so healing. I don’’t know what we’d do without our kitties.

    R.I.P. Bear. You will be missed by so many </3
    Please take care of Bear’s Brother – I’m sure he’s hurting as much as you are.

  • L Wilkinson

    What a touching story. I have a brown tabby like these and he has a big heart like Bear. What sweet ambassadors for a lonely student. There is no need for a language interpreter with cats.

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