Question: Chanting and Cats
I have two cats who enjoy sitting next to me and listening when I chant! Is hearing the chanting of Krishna's holy names beneficial for their soul as well as for me?
Answer: Cats Benefit by Hearing Hare Krishna
Your cats were originally pure devotees of Krishna in the spiritual sky just like you were. While you are currently covered with a human body, they are covered by cat's bodies. By blessing them with the sound of Krishna's names you are helping them to more quickly evolve to the human form of life so that they surrender to Krishna and go back home, back to Godhead.
When Lord Caitanya was traveling through the Jarikhanda forest He was so spiritually powerful that He attracted all the animals to engage in chanting Hare Krishna and dancing in ecstasy. Although we are not so powerful to attract the animals to chant and dance, at least we can bless the animals by letting them hear the beautiful sound of Krishna's names.