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What is a ghost? There are many explanations out there to the phenomenon of ghost reports. While science offers sociological and psychological ones, Janice Gilligan, animal communicator, says, “I think of ghosts as spirits stuck in the physical world, attracted to places or energy sources, as opposed to beings that have transitioned and choose or have the ability to continue relationships with their loved ones.”
JellyBella says, “I don’t know if it’s ghosts or not, but Stan and Bella are always staring at things I can’t see. Of course, our house was once a funeral parlor, so I guess there may be a few “late” guests passing through!”
“Cats are very sensitive creatures. They hear and smell things beyond our ability,” says Cheylink.
Gilligan agrees, “Consider the electronics ghostbusters use, devices that amplify what our ears are incapable of hearing. They use lights, meters and thermometers. Cats are very self-aware and capable of evaluating their surroundings. They, like other animals, haven’t been programmed to rely solely on their five ordinary senses.”
What about cat ghosts?
TheCatSite member TTMom says her cat Penny came back to visit. “When Penny died we were living with my in-laws. When we moved back home, Toes looked all over the house for her. I started seeing cat shadows out of the corner of my eye. I even felt Penny get up on the bed.” Many owners experience similar experiences after a pet has gone on but TTMom had an actual sighting.
I was in the kitchen and saw Penny cross the living room and go down the hall to the back of the house. Toes watched her walk by and then took off after her. He came back and looked all over before complaining to me. All I could do was say, “I know. I saw her too.”
Gilligan says, “I asked a cat if she was able to “see” ghosts. Her response was “We’re at least as able to discern presences as humans are.” I’ve sensed that cats aren’t always (or even, usually) napping when they’re in that sphinx position, eyes closed, relaxing in the sun. I believe they meditate. I think they experience the presence of a ghost on a more intimate level than seeing.”
“Lynx was on the vanity counter in my bedroom while I was getting ready for work. All of a sudden he looked over my shoulder. I turned and there was nothing there,” says Telynn. “His eyes were following something. It really gave me a creepy feeling. I’ve seen him stare at a spot on the wall before but I never felt like that. That morning, I really got goosebumps over it.”
Whether you truly believe in ghosts or just know that creepy feeling of not being alone, perhaps the best attitude to take is the one Chausiefan used as a child. “Can some cats protect us from evil ghosts? I used to pretend that they could when I was a kid, just to help me sleep at night.”
How Do I Know If My Cat Sees A Ghost?
There is no way to know for sure if your cat is seeing a ghost unless you can see ghosts and spirits yourself. However, if your cats are displaying some normal behaviors, but seemingly for no reason, there may be a paranormal explanation.
Defensive Or Aggressive Behavior
A puffy tail, flat ears, and crouching are postural behaviors that cats display when they sense a threat and need to protect themselves. They may also hiss or growl when they are in a defensive state. If your cat is doing any or all of these things but you can’t identify a reason why, it might be because he or she sees a ghost.
Natural born hunters, cats can stare and focus on things that we can barely see. Most times, though, it only takes us a few seconds to realize that they are tracking a bug or even a piece of dust or fleck of light. If you can’t determine what your cat is staring so intently at, it is possible that he or she is seeing a spirit or ghost.
Reaction To An Unidentified Noise
Your cat’s reaction to a noise you hear in the home may be an indicator for two reasons. First, it is easy to blame pets for a noise that we hear but can’t identify. If you hear a noise and see that your cat isn’t the culprit, you will likely be more suspicious that something strange is happening.
Secondly, cats respond to noises much as we do. If we hear an unexpected noise, we are startled initially. A quick assessment followed by the conclusion that there is no threat eases our minds enough that we can forget the noise and return to our activity.
Similarly, cats will do a quick assessment when they are startled by a noise and then settle back into sleepy indifference. If this quick assessment alerts them to a threat, however, they will immediately be on guard and investigate. If they are able to recognize a threat that we cannot see or hear, it could be a sign of paranormal presence.
Despite having an independent and even rude reputation, cat parents will tell you that cats do have a connection with their owners. It can be seen in how they cuddle up with you when you are sad or sleep next to you when are calm or sleeping.
If your cat seems to be protecting you from something, such as standing by you while displaying aggressive behavior toward something you cannot see, he or she could be trying to keep you safe from a ghost or spirit.
Are Cats Considered Spiritual Guardians?
Cats are largely regarded as having an impact in the spiritual world. Even those who do not readily believe in or have knowledge of spiritual practices love to create superstitions involving cats. While some of this is the result of our natural love of being scared, there is some truth to these beliefs.
A natural jump from superstition is the belief that cats are a sign, either that something is about to happen or as a response to something asked of spirit guides or the universe as a whole. Not only is the cat itself important, but the color of the cat can provide a clue about the message that is being sent.
More complex spiritual beliefs identify that cats are spiritual guardians. Not only can they see into the spiritual world, cats can also protect those around them from negative spirits or energies. Some people believe that merely having a cat in your home will protect you from any evil energies that could be residing there. Others believe that cats of different fur colors have different strengths related to the spiritual realm and their energy can be used in spells or blessings.
TheCatSite Members Share More Cat Ghost Stories
For many, the idea of cats seeing ghostly presences is just a fun way to tell a ghost story. For some TheCatSite members, though, these ghost stories might be a reality. And it is their cats who are making them aware.
Was It A Ghost?
TheCatSite user LilyandFosters may have witnessed firsthand exactly how cats react to spirits, even when they are very young.
I was lying in bed after getting up to get some water and make sure my two 8 week old kittens were eating the food I left for them, and I heard this soft weird high pitched growly noise outside my door. I open my door after realizing it was the cats, phone flashlight in hand, and see both of them underneath the stairwell that leads to the loft. They’re both poofed up and making odd noises like you’d hear in a video of a catfight when they’re having their stand-off and making warning noises. They’re standing right next to each other facing the same direction, the stairs that lead up to the second floor, where we are…
…Again, I’m not a paranoid person, nor am I one to say to anyone I meet, ‘ghosts are real.’ But in media across the world, it’s said that cats are able to sense things that humans can’t, dating back to less modern times, so it’s something I keep on the mind.
LilyandFosters isn’t 100% sure that they saw a ghost, but she couldn’t find any other explanation for what had gotten the kittens so worked up. Interestingly enough, a glance at her clock showed her that this incident occurred at 3:30 am, right in the middle of the well-acknowledged witching hour.
Part Of The Family
TheCatSite user Mamanyt1953 has ghost cats at home and is quite comfortable with it. The resident living cat in the home can be found playing with her two ghost playmates some mornings. While these feline spirits are very playful, they have not caused any trouble in the home, so it is a win-win situation for everyone.
Now A Believer?
TheCatSite user kristy doesn’t really believe in ghosts but the behaviors of her cats make her wonder if she is wrong. “They look very frightened and freeze whilst staring into thin air. It’s not daydreaming as they sometimes follow this invisible ‘thing’ around the room. I check for flies etc. but have never seen what they are looking at. It’s very scary when they spot something behind me and follow it as it comes nearer.” Their behaviors sure seem to suggest that something of the ghostly kind might be taking up residence in kristy‘s home.
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