Cats and the supernatural

Since my new toy hasn't come in the mail yet, I think I'll tell you about our cat.

black catNot ours
but close enough
Courtesy of Google

Approximately 6 or 7 years ago we noticed a black cat in our neighborhood. It seemed fairly nice and was drawn to our backyard. Mostly because the husband was a sucker and would give it all kinds of attention.

This cat appeared to be full grown, so we knew there was no way to domesticate it. Also, we had a baby is the house who was the product of a man with allergies. Being a new mom, I didn't need to add anything extra to my workload. So we just enjoyed it's company when it came to visit.

The cat was known to hang out in the neighbors yards as well, but like I said, it seemed to prefer ours. I should probably mention at this point that the husband thought it was a good idea to feed the cat. Lovely, right?

Days would go by with no sight of her. Him? We never really looked into that, so for the sake of the story, we'll say the cat was female. Then she would show up for some food and attention. We grew rather found of our cat and over time the kids enjoyed the extra company, too.

About a month ago, our cat had passed away. We knew she was getting up there in age and we knew the inevitable was bound to happen. As I said, she wasn't really our cat, but we did enjoy the company she brought.

In the few weeks after the cat had passed, I swore up and down that she was still there. At night I would hear noises as if something was walking on our back hill. The sound wasn't heavy enough to be a person or a large animal, like a deer. The logical side of me thought it was the leaves falling, since it was Fall. But the ghost lover side of me thought otherwise. I never felt threatened. I felt that, if this was the cat, maybe she wasn't ready to move on yet. Soon after, I stopped hearing the noises.

Last Saturday I was at my sister-from-another-mister's house for a get together with some friends. I got home rather late, but before I went to bed, I stepped outside for a bit. The first thing I noticed were tiny cat footprints in the newly fallen snow. The direction of the prints were towards the porch. I searched and could not find footprints anywhere else in the yard. I have seen other wild cats through the years. Maybe that was it, but I found it rather odd to not find any prints leaving the porch.

You can call me crazy for believing in all that ghost stuff, but I take comfort in the thought that our cat is still gracing us with her presence.


Oka said...

glad you aren't freaked in a Pet Cemetery sort of way

yes, I would feel uneasy

Kmama said...

That's sweet. I bet the cat is watching over you all.

Brandy@YDK said...

what a sweet tribute to your cat. i love stories like that. i have a ghost side too.

Helene said...

So very sweet!!! Stories like this always fascinate me...I suppose because I'm really not a huge believer in ghosts but then I hear stories like these and I have to admit, it makes me truly wonder...

Shell said...

I try to convince myself none of this is real- b/c it freaks me out too much to think it could be real!

Liz said...

i think ghosts are real, so i'm not going to judge. :)

Mommyfriend Lori said...

I'm with you. When I think too much about it I get scared but I'm with you in believing.