"The four dogs mistook her for an interloper and killed her defenseless little self. I will miss her very badly. RIP beauty," wrote Stewart.
Martha Stewart is mourning the heartbreaking loss of one of her beloved pet cats who was mistakenly attacked by her four dogs. The television personality shared the distressing news of her 12-year-old calico Persian cat named Princess Peony's death on Instagram this Sunday.
"Burying the beautiful and unusual Princess Peony," wrote Stewart alongside a picture of workers digging a grave to lay her to rest. "The four dogs mistook her for an interloper and killed her defenseless little self. I will miss her very badly. RIP beauty." Later on, the 80-year-old entrepreneur posted a close-up shot of her late cat on Instagram with the caption, "this was the Princess Peony."
Stewart also uploaded the same photo of Princess Peony on her Instagram Stories with the caption, "RIP beauty cat, Princess Peony!!!" Her pet cats have been extremely close to her heart as last year the animal enthusiast told TODAY how they have comforted her and helped maintain her mental health, particularly during as the whole world went into lockdown.
Stewart too was forced to live through long periods of isolation at the peak of the pandemic and was happy as she stayed on the farm in Bedford, New York. "I have not suffered depression … I have not gotten angry or mean. I’ve had a rather productive year," she shared according to the Independent.
"There are waiting lists for pets because people really did figure out that house pets are a great comfort, a great addition to the household," she explained. "They are wonderful for your children to have a responsibility of taking some taking care of something else. All of that is to me just endemic in this pandemic. It’s a wonderful thing that pets have become more beloved."
Per her website, Princess Peony was born on May 11, 2009, and she moved to Stewart's farm four months later and has been there ever since. She also noted that Princess Peony was just one of three cats on her farms and that she lived happily with her sister, Empress Tang, who was the lifestyle brand entrepreneur at the time and was described as "gorgeous" and "very special," and a male cat, Blackie.
Blackie was described as being a more intense feline that the pair of sisters by Stewart who noted that "he is a hunter" and that he "actually kills varmints every single day." Stewart did not reveal which of her four dogs - two french bulldogs named Creme Brulee and Bete Noire, and two Chow Chows, named Emperor Han and Empress Qin, were responsible for the death of her kitty.
Cover image source: Instagram | Photo by marthastewart48