This is the situation:
1. My brother adopted a cat that had some kind of illness and had to be euthanized about 1 year ago. My kids (3 and 5) used to play with the cat. When my kids asked where the cat was, we said it "went to heaven".
2. Our cat, who my kids really liked, was killed by a car about 5 months ago. Luckily, they didn't see the aftermath of it, but we once again told them the cat "went to heaven".
3. My brother's latest adopted cat, contracted oral cancer and had to be euthanized today. My kids really liked cat, and don't know about this yet.
I'm feeling kind of weird about having to keep describing all these animals going to heaven. My daughter already told me a week or so ago that she
dreamed I went to heaven.
So, my question is not whether I think my daughter is psychic or not, but wondering if this "went to heaven" thing is going to backfire or make my kids wonder who is next. What's the best thing to tell them in this circumstance?
(I also know that the standard theological position is that animals don't go to heaven.)