Martha Stewart shares her heartache after her beloved cat, Princess Peony, was accidentally killed by her four dogs

Martha Stewart is mourning the loss of one of her cats after she says she was mistaken for an “intruder” by her four dogs.

The 80-year-old TV star and lifestyle entrepreneur shared via Instagram on Sunday that her 12-year-old calico Persian cat, Princess Peony, was attacked by her own dogs.

The image, which shows three men digging a makeshift grave for one of their many beloved cats, was captioned: “Funeral of the beautiful and unusual Princess Peony. Mistaking her for an intruder, the four dogs killed her defenseless little self. i will miss her very much. RIP beauty.”

Almost a year ago, the animal lover took to the Today Show to share how her pets, including the late Princess Peony, had played a huge role in maintaining her mental health over the years, especially during the pandemic.

“I didn’t get depressed… I didn’t get angry or mean. I’ve had quite a productive year,” Ms Stewart told NBC’s morning program last March.

“There are pet waiting lists because people have really found that pets are a great comfort, a great addition to the home.”

Later in the day, Ms Stewart posted another picture to Instagram confirming the identity of the cat who was laid to rest, noting that “this was the Princess Peony”.

Ms Stewart, famous for the Noah’s Ark of pets she keeps on her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York, said in the same interview with the Today Show last year that Princess Peony was one of her three current cats (shortened from nine, which she admitted at the time was “too much”).

The late Calico Persian was the sister of Empress Tang, who the lifestyle brand entrepreneur described as “beautiful” and “very special” at the time.

The third cat, a greenhouse boy named Blackie, was described by Ms Stewart as more intense than the sisters, noting that “he’s a hunter” and “actually kills vermin every day”.

Although she didn’t identify in the post which dogs were responsible for her cat’s death, as of 2020, Ms Stewart had four lap dogs, two French Bulldogs named Creme Brulee and Bete Noire, and two Chow Chows named Emperor Han and Empress Qin.

Among the animals housed at Ms Stewart’s property, she wrote that she has had countless pets over the past 40 years, including: at least 20 cats, more than two dozen dogs, 10 chinchillas, canaries, parakeets, two ponies, three Donkeys, 10 horses, sheep, goats, “hundreds of chickens, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail,” doves and, if you check out her Instagram, dozens of colorful peacocks, even the farmland in upstate New York have owned her over the years called home.

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