Oh blessed catgods
In these trying times, we pray that you will take and keep safe the souls of our cat kindred who perished in the bushfires.
I know that you might feel inclined not to listen to a self-confessed devilcat, but for the sake of those poor felines who couldn't get out of their houses, or who simply couldn't outrun the fire, or who perished from smoke, please hear my prayer.
I promise that I will no longer envy country cats who have easy access to all the birds they want, or native nocturnal marsupials, and instead give thanks that I am safe in suburbia, with my very own cat door that will ensure I never get locked inside.
We also pray for all the other animals that perished in the blaze: horses, koalas, kangaroos . . . oh, and I suppose some dogs died as well. I might as well pray for them too.
Blessed catgods, hear my prayer.