Gertrude, Patron Saint of Cats

Cakes baked in Gertrude’s oven
and water from her well are said to repel rodents
– thus her patronage of cats.


Our St. Gertrude Sculpture

This site is dedicated to St. Gertrude of Nivelles, honoring the spiritual connection between humans and their feline companions.  It is a result of all the amazing connections I’ve made when my “patrons” have shared their stories with me. I’ve laughed and shed  tears with them.  I want this spot to be a place where people can get together to tell stories, share pictures and resources.
My goal is that it is operated by our own small community of cat lovers (though it will always be moderated).
So please write comments, post images, pin it…send in anything worth sharing.


You’re likely to hear them before you see them.

They’re alone and afraid. No mom in sight.

The sound of kittens meowing.
Here’s what to do if you find a litter of kittens… (click to go to the info site)



And please remember your favorite rescue/shelter.
We’d really appreciate it if you’d let us know about them so we can feature them here.


  • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Look up the prayers for cats! Saint Gertrude! I say it at bedtimeO:-)O:-)

  • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Pray for my sparky! He is having a tooth out tomorrow! And was a feral cat O:-)and doesn’t. Understand I just want to help not hurt!

  • Lorie fortin March 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Please pray for my cat bangle he is having constipated problems thank you

  • Sue Bazy March 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Please pray for my mother and son kitties Max and Ruby. They’re getting on in years; Max is 9 and Ruby is 10 1/2. Max has become obese (I have them both on a diet) and he has chronic constipation which I cannot afford to have treated.
    Ruby, thank God, is still healthy apart from being overweight; she’ll be 11 in July.

  • Kathryn Rigsby March 14, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Please pray for my kitty Beau. He has cardiomyopathy and in early stage congestive heart failure. Right now he seems like himself. The doctors say he could have 12-18 months. Beau is my bottle baby, I have had him since was a day old. He will be 11 in June. Thank you.

  • Angie Moore March 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Please pray for Stormy Weather, my cat. She has been having problems and has bacteria and blood in her urine. She is drinking a lot of water, not eating much and is on antibiotics. She has a history of crystals but that isn’t what is making her ill. St. Gertrude, PLEASE hear and answer my prayer that Stormy does NOT have kidney failure/disease. I beg of you to please intercede on her behalf. I ask you this in Jesus’ name. Amen

  • Claire February 27, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Please pray for my cats Alfie and Binki. They are not well at the moment. Thanks.

  • Sylvia February 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Please pray for my cat Toulouse. He has cystitis and I believe it is coming back again. He is a very sweet and loving cat. Thank you and God bless.

  • Michelle January 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Please pray for my cat blankis who has metastatic cancer. I am distraught, sad because i know what the future holds. But sadder to know that she may suffer. Please pray for her

  • Steve A January 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Please pray for my cat Pidi who is suffering from arthritis and vestibular syndrome. May St Gertrude protect, bless and heal her. Amen.

  • john January 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    please pray for momma kitty who has drooling and nausea issues…she is much loved

  • Estela December 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Please pray for our beloved black male kitty, Bagheera. He’s been missing since Dec. 25. He also has a cold We hope that he is okay and comes back soon. I feel sad and and worried. I miss him so much.

  • Aida E.Archival November 11, 2016 at 8:51 am

    i have a kitten very ill and hope she will be fine.

    • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:38 am

      I am so sorry! I know the love we have for them! Please God hear our prayers for our furbabies!

  • Bronwyn October 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Please say a prayer for the safe return of my cat Kasha to me. When I found her half dead at 5 weeks, it was during a very low point in my life. There was something about nursing my little fighter back to health that gave me strength as well. She seemed to hate everyone else except for me, it was where she got her name. A Kasha is a japanese demon and for everyone else, she lived up to her name. She would stand her grounds against dogs, poop in the shoes of my roommates, but sleep purring in my arms. She would never leave my side when I had a seizure. And years later, when I had my daughters, she gave them the same affection she showed me and the patience I had shown her. She is 13 years old now and went missing two days ago. She has never been away from the house this long.

  • Yolanda Aguirre October 25, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Please pray for the return of my male kitty Boots. He was my mother’s cat. She passed away last October. He is my connection to her. I am heartsick. He has been missing since September 8th. I need a miracle. Thank you.

  • Chloe October 3, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Please pray for my little kitty Elijah. HHe passed away yesterday due to severe diarrhea. I know he is in a better place now in heaven. How I missed him so much. I love him dearly. Please pray for his momma cat to overcome her sadness and loss. Until now she is still looking for Elijah by meowing or saying a soft gentle voice just like she did when Elijah was still alive.

    • Yolanda Aguirre October 25, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Yes Chloe. I will add you, Elijah and momma kitty to my prayer list.

  • Jackie O August 10, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Please pray for our kitty “pants”. Our beautiful baby hasn’t been well not eating and can’t have a bm. We fear intestinal issues. We love her so much and have limited funds to meet her needs. St Gertrude I ask for your Devine help in granting a healing miracle for her. She is our baby girl, our hearts hurt to see her ill. I need your loving grace and that of mother Mary to reach her in the name of lord Jesus Christ.

    • Yolanda Aguirre October 25, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Hi Jackie. How is kitty “pants.” We’re your prayers answered?

      • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:41 am

        I know your pain ! I worry too! Because our cats like the heat that is near my car ! God watch over all these precious furbabies! Thank you !

  • Barbara August 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I accidentally ran over a small stray kitten this morning in my driveway and I’m very upset about it. Please pray for the poor little innocent kitten. I know it’s in heaven, but as a cat owner/lover I hate that this happened. I found your website when I looked for a patron saint of cats and I pray this small kitten’s little soul is happy in heaven with the cats I’ve had throughout the years taking care of him.

  • Kimberly r. August 2, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Please pray for our lost kitty Ferah…. she was a feral kitten about 4 months old that we rescued out from under the hood of our car. We had her chipped, spayed, vaccinated and they tipped her right ear because she was feral.we spent about a year gaining her trust and she turned out to be a wonderful pet. She went missing on July 4th and we’ve been doing everything possible to find her with no luck yet. Please pray for her safety safety and that she finds her way home . Amen

    • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I am so sorry!!! May you be blessed with a miracle!

  • Tommycat's Mommy July 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Please pray for my wonderful, sweet, Tommy. He’s been very ill.I love him with all my heart. His sister passed on from feline aids. At first I thought he was unwell , because he missed her so much. I now know that he too has aids .I don’t want my boy to suffer. I also can’t imagine being without my baby boy.I know he deserves peace. I’m hoping for an absolute miracle .His sister passed about 5weeks ago.I still haven’t recovered from her death. it’s heartbreaking, I beg for prayers for Tommy’s recovery. If that isn’t feasible ,please don’t let him suffer. I don’t know how I’ll do without my darling Tommy. He’s been part of me for more than a decade and a half. PLEASE pray for Tommy. He deserves every good thought.I thankyou ,and Saint Gertrude for your help.

    • Nora July 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Yes I will pray for your cat to have a supernatural healing and if God doesn’t grant that in His infinite wisdom a quick and peaceful death to heaven and peace and acceptance for you until you have eternity Together.
      My cats very sick too. We are both suffering.

  • Celeste GAM June 26, 2016 at 1:24 am

    My cat, Rosie, my gift from God, needs prayers for easement of pain from a sudden illness in her body.

  • Rain K June 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    We need prayers for a very sick male cat…bring him healing and health! Thank you

  • Leslie's Mom June 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Please pray for my amazingly sweetmale cat Leslie to find his way home. He has a ten mile walk to find us as we continue to walk for hours, out up posters, pray and we placed an ad in the paper.

  • Petra Jurkovic May 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Feline Rescue of Saint Paul,MN USA likes cats, too. Prayers and fun!

  • happyheart382 April 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    pls pray for white coffee cat for he has lymphoma a tumor that was diagnose yesterday and resulted positive…we needed your miracle thru prayers to st gertrude ….AMEN!!!

  • Sandy Y March 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Please pray for my 1 yr old Ocicat and a darling,loving 3 month old Oci kitten we got a week ago. I took him (kitten) to vet to get checked out and he tested positive for feline leukemia. We are so in love with the kitten it is killing us to lose him and possibly the older one too. Please pray the test was a false positive and they will both be alright. The kitten is at the vet pending verification by lab test. Please please pray that turns out Neg and thank you for any help.

  • Leslie March 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Please pray for the continued work of these rescue/shelter organizations:
    Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Kitties
    The Cat Club (

    • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Prayers! For loveO:-)

  • Aislinn March 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I am desperately pleading for prayers for my two cats, who due to a case of redirected aggression, had to be separated in my home. They were both loving toward each other, but now detest each other. I am praying for healing for both of them. Please pray for them. Thank you.

  • Terry February 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Asking for prayers for my cat Kiki. Very sick and had been in the hospital for 5 days now. He is fighting dehydration from terrible colitis. He is very stressed and not eating much. Everyone’s prayers are appreciated.

  • mary k February 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Asking for prayers for a lost ferral kitten we cannot find. So worried about it. Also, praying to have another kitten socialized with humans to get them to be adoptable.

    • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:49 am


  • Sandy Newfield January 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Asking for prayers for my cat, Lilly. She will be having her teeth cleaned and some removed tomorrow morning (01/20/16).

  • mimi g January 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Tonight I will pray for everyone’s who’s pets are in danger may God bless you all

  • Chris Cochran December 27, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Hi…I don’t know if it’s too late for my precious baby, Fox (a.k.a. Punkin)..he’s 16 1/2 yrs old. He has stopped eating regularly and has lost a lot of weight. I took him to the doctor over three weeks ago tomorrow, and the blood work came back showing that his kidney levels were 4 times higher than normal. The doctor told me that the results reflect renal failure. He stated that I may want to consider the option of putting him down if he doesn’t take to a prescribed special diet. I got the food, and for the most part he seemed he was doing better these past couple weeks, but then his appetite was gone again today. I have tried everything I can think of to get him to eat, but today 12/26/15, he hasn’t eaten a thing and I am afraid I am about to lose him. If anyone is reading this, please please PLEASE pray for my baby’s health to improve and his appetite to return. This has been a harrowing week for me since every Vet has been closed for the holiday only to reopen on Monday which may be too late for my baby. Please pray for my baby. Thank you and God bless.

  • Chris Bibby July 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I ask for prayers and healing for our wonderful shelter cat Thaddeus who is in the hospital with respiratory problems.

  • Yvonne & Mandi June 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Please please please please pray for our cat Sushi.She had surger for an enlarged..bladder do to a stone..she finally went to the bathroom. Today she is having trouble going.Pray that she will be healed and back to herself. God bless.

  • Frank mora May 26, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I ask for the healing of my cat tommy. His eye has a wound that is not healing. Amen

  • Beth March 21, 2015 at 2:46 am

    HHi Karen. Look into using the Bach Flower remedies they work just as well for pets as humans
    I know they will be the answer to your problems Good luck Beth

  • Karen Kelley March 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I have just discovered St. Gertrude as patron saint of cats. I prayed to her for guidance as I just adopted a young cat but my resident cat, Misty is very stressed and will not accept Tyler. I am stressed as well in trying to secure peace for both of them. I would hate to have to give up Tyler but Misty is so distressed she is hesitant to come inside the house and has not been eating much. Any advice is welcomed. With thanks and gratitude.

  • Stella March 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for this site and your beautiful art work!

  • Douglas January 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Ever since I had to put down my best, a dog named Deuce, I have become a cat person. I have 4 cats myself, as well as 2 others that belong to my wife & son. Now here I am at the point in my RCIA class where I am to pick a Saint for my confirmation. I do believe that I will go with St. Gertrude.

    • bonnie stramat March 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Awww I also adopted a feral cat and love him with all my heart! I put him in a cage to get shots and he cried I cried!! Tomorrow his tooth is coming out!!! Please help me pray that he isn’t scared!!!!!Thank you ! Keep all the lost and scared furbabies in our prayers to Saint Gertrude O:-)and Jesus! Thank you!

  • Tony Niemann November 15, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I have three cats that I recued from a Humane Society shelter. One of them goes outside but the other two do not. Recently a juvenile white cat we call “Snowball” showed up in my barn. I fed it for almost a month and it is starting to trust me. Yesterday, two orange kittens showed up – they were scared and starving. The bigger “kitten could be a very young mother to the tiny one. They are scared of me as the white cat is, but their hunger has made them less reluctant to run from me as the sweet white one does. I need to find an organization that I can take the cats to and get them spayed or neutered and to find a home for them. Suggestions and prayers would be appreciated. Thanks