Friday, February 12, 2021

Ghost cat

 Back in December Frankie was fading slowly and inexorably towards death but still with us, still yelling at us, still eating like a little hoover, sometimes; still wanting to be petted but mostly sleeping in our bed, only leaving the bedroom to eat and use the litter box.

I would occasionally see, out of the corner of my eye, and even when I turned to look full on, a cat, or rather just the rear of a cat, tail in the air, going around a corner of the room heading down the hallway, or turning the corner into the kitchen. I'd do a double take and get up to check if that was Frankie, needing something. 

It never was. There was no cat. And besides, this cat looked almost black and Frankie was a brown striped tabby. Tho there seemed to be some brown mixed in with the black on that tail.

This happened frequently and after Frankie died, I mentioned it to my husband. The man who believes in nothing, certainly not ghosts or visiting spirits tho over the years of living me and having to deal with my ability to see and hear ghosts and spirits he is fairly accepting of the concept. My husband did kind of a head-snap thing, and said, very quietly "I've seen it too".

We rationally discussed the matter, deciding that it was just an omen, a manifestation of the fact that Frankie was fading fast and would soon be gone. We thought that we would just get up one morning and find Frankie had left. We didn't think at that point that we would actively have to let her go. 

Thing is, after Frankie had died we were both still seeing that cat, turning a corner into the kitchen or down the hall. There seems to be more brown in the tail now, I don't know what to make of it.

The day after Frankie's ashes came home, I saw her sitting in the hall, as she did. Figment of my imagination? Wishful thinking or just remembering? Don't know. But I'm still seeing the ghost cat. 

And I don't know what to make of it. 

8 comments:

  1. I don't know what to make of that, either. But I don't doubt or belittle your experience. I know you miss Frankie terribly.

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    1. While I have had a lifetime of encounters with those who have crossed over, never with an animal. Seeing that cat, who wasn't Frankie was and is unsettling. George and I are a little bemused by our very strong emotions about the death of Frankie. We've both been attached to pets before but this one has rattled us to our souls.

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  2. After reading about the ghost cat it popped into my head that Frankie was being visited by her Mom reassuring Frankie that all was ok. And now she is comforting you telling you that all is okay.

    I think knowing that Frankie is the last pet makes it so much harder, at least it did for me when I had to say goodbye to my dog a few years ago. I don't believe people when they say the pain goes away, it doesn't. It may become less raw and intense but it doesn't go away. I still miss my dog.

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    1. Now that is a lovely thought. And yes, knowing that there will be no more cats in my life makes me so sad. I had always said I would foster when Frankie was gone but my health, my husband's health - we just can't take on the care and work of another cat. And perhaps we just can't take on loving and losing anymore.

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  3. I'm so intrigued by this ghost cat! I want to believe Mary's idea of she's making sure you know she's okay. I absolutely believe in what you're seeing although I've not seen ghost cats but I've heard ghost cats and dogs. I've heard the cats meow after they were gone. J and I both heard Sadie's claws on the tile floor several times over a couple of weeks after she was gone. It sounded just like it did when she was here trying to get up from laying on the cool tile. I told my mom this after she lost her dog, Samy, and she said she heard his claws on the tile too. We also heard one of our other dog's tags rattle. I do love the thought of Miss Frankie hanging out letting you know that she's okay. I can definitely believe she'd do that since she loved you both so much.

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    1. I hear the sounds of "someone" jumping off the furniture to the floor and I hear "someone" scratching in the litter box - the one that no longer exists...So now we have 2 ghost cats - the ghost cat who was here before Frankie died and Frankie.

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  4. While I imagine this experience could be unsettling I find Mary's explanation very comforting. A nice thought that Frankie had one of her own to guide her into the after.
    I've never seen ghost pets before but the phantom sounds were always there. I would hear them walking down the hall or their nails on the kitchen floor.

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    1. Mary's explanation is lovely. I've never experienced visitations from any of my pets before much less from a ghost cat before my pet passed. OTOH - I am quite accustomed to seeing people who have crossed over. It is so interesting that so many people have experienced "phantom" sounds from their pets.

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