Martha Stewart’s Cat Princess Peony Dies

“I will miss her very badly.”

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As a reminder, Martha herself once wrote that she had a mini “ark” at her Bedford, New York, estate. Throughout her life, she has claimed to own “at least 20 cats, 25 dogs, 10 chinchillas, scores of canaries and parakeets, two ponies, three donkeys, 10 horses, many sheep and goats, hundreds of chickens, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, peacocks, and homing pigeons.”

Something incredibly sad has happened, though. Over the weekend, Martha posted on Instagram that her Persian kitty, Princess Peony, was mistakenly killed by her four dogs, who “mistook her for an interloper.”

Martha also posted a photo of a crew digging a grave for Princess Peony, writing, “[B]urying the beautiful and unusual Princess Peony. [T]he four dogs mistook her for an interloper and killed her defenseless little self. [I] will miss her very badly. RIP beauty.”

According to Martha’s website, Princess Peony and her sister, Empress Tang, were born on May 11, 2009. They moved in with Martha later that year.

Chatting with the Today show last year, Martha spoke fundally about Peony, Tang, and her recent adoptee kitty, Blackie. She described the siblings as “gorgeous,” “very special,” and “players.”

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“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 added. “They are wonderful for your children to have a responsibility of … 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.”

Thinking of you during this difficult time, Martha!

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