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Tuesday, October 24, 2017


by Sarah Raplee

It's nearly Halloween, an appropriate time for a Ghost Cat Update!

The Ghost Cat visited our house again last night.

We've lived with this possible pussycat for five years. Doors on cupboards full of nice soft towels and blankets--exactly the sorts of places a kitty might choose to curl up in--seem to open when we're not looking, even when our alive-and-kicking cat, Freckles, is shut in 'his' room in the basement. When we're in bed for the night, sometimes what seems to be Freckles jumps on the bed and lies down--but when one of us reaches to pet him, poof--he's not there.

That's just freaky.

Would Ghost Hunters Jason and Steve from TAPS
http://the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com/ ) suggest that vibrations we don't notice affect the cupboard doors? Maybe we dream the cat-on-the-bed incidents--but why would two people dream the same dream, sometimes at the same time?

Tonight, we had a new experience. Freckles jumped onto the couch beside me, eyes dilated, tail swishing, and spent ten minutes playing with something that wasn't there. He acted exactly as though he were playing with another cat. He's never, ever done that since he moved in with us seven years ago.

At least whatever-it-is, is friendly.

And playful.

That's good, right?

After moving to an acreage, we had no visits from the Ghost Cat for a year and a half. Then he started dropping by now and then - why, we have no idea. Still friendly and cuddly, thank goodness!

Since we adopted two small rescue dogs the Ghost Cat has not visited, although  he/she may have tried. There have been nights when Mac and Marcus have seemed to chase something through the house, barking like crazy. 

When it comes to cats, they only likes Freckles. Well, Mac likes him.  They play together. Marcus mostly avoids him - except when Freckles takes a swipe at him.


Judith Ashley said...

Do you have any ideas of who your Ghost Car is?

I sometimes 'feel' the presence of my last dog, Duke. So just wondering if Freckles is the only cat you've had.

Sarah Raplee said...

We have had a number of well-loved cats prior to Freckles, but we never got the feeling the Ghost Cat was one of them. He/she began visiting after we moved from Iowa to Oregon, shortly after we moved into our first residence. We always felt the cat came to visit its former home.

Maggie Lynch said...

Interesting phenomenon. Sounds like something that could become a story or a part of a story. Your next book perhaps?

We have two rescue cats who joined our family in January. They are both mellow most of the time, but one of them (Kali) does often appear to play stalking and chasing with an invisible playmate. The other (Layla) does it on occasion but for a brief period of time (e.g., 3 minutes), whereas Kali will do it for up to 10 minutes--sometimes racing around the apartment after an unseen prey or other cat.

I've never thought to attribute her behavior to ghosts. I know my mother would definitely think your explanation is on target. I'm agnostic about ghosts--neither believe nor disbelieve. My current theory is her play has a relationship to boredom. I spend a lot of time glued to the computer and not interacting with the cats. I find the days we interact with them in play, the less play behavior with "ghostly" beings.

One of the reasons we got two rescues at once was so they could play together. But Layla is not interested in playing as long as Kali. :) So, who knows, maybe there are angel cats that appear only to them to keep them from being bored.

Sarah Raplee said...

Cats and dogs can see into light spectrums we humans can't, Maggie. Maybe they see spirits - or chase ultra violet motes of light. Or maybe they have imaginary friends?

I do have a ghost dog planned for an upcoming book. Not the next one, though. A ghost cat may show up in one of my stories someday.

Thank you for stopping by!