There was a story in the news about a cat living at a nursing home. This cat could sense when one of the residents was about to die and would snuggle up to the individual before their death. This cat’s predictions concerning who was going to pass away were so uncannily accurate the staff clearly understood its significance. The story is below:
This really is an amazing story. Does this cat have paranormal abilities? There have been many stories of animals displaying premonitions or who can seemingly read thoughts. Examples include pets that seem to know when their owner is about to return home, even at an irregular time. Animals have heightened senses of hearing, sight and smell, which we humans don’t share. Do our pets also have a heightened sixth sense as well? Has animal life evolved a psychic sensory system which humanity has mostly lost?
Animals were a focus of prehistoric man’s caves paintings, which were believed to be for spiritual purposes. Shamanism recognized power animals as spirit guides. Ancient Egyptian gods were animals or human/animal hybrids, like the cat god Bast or the raven-headed Ra or ibis-headed Thoth. Medieval Christianity believed pets could be familiar spirits, the devil’s imps in disguise.
Today the concept of an animal familiar spirit is viewed differently. Many including pagans and Wiccans believe animals like cats have psychic abilities and are sensitive to the Invisible World. They can see what we cannot, including spirits. By developing a bond with their “familiar” the practitioner of the mystic arts can make use of the animal’s innate abilities for their advantage.
Cats seem to possess an extra sensitivity in this regard, which might explain why cats figure so largely in the legends of witchcraft. Can a cat see into the spirit world? It is said cats have the ability to see the dead. This cat which sensed when a nursing home resident was about to die shows this idea may not be just myth.
This story of the “death cat” also reveals something equally remarkable, the connection of the animal world with humanity in terms of an emotional connection. Why would a cat care if someone were about die? But this cat seemed to. The bond between human and their pets can be as deep as human relationships. On a spiritual level this suggests that animals are not merely walking robots, but beings with their own merit, with emotional and spiritual lives; that animals have souls.
During out-of-body near-death experiences individuals reported approaching a ‘tunnel of light’. At this gateway where they would leave behind physical existence, the near-dead often reported being greeted by their deceased loved ones waiting for them at this tunnel. And some said they were not only greeted by their dead family and friends, but also by their dead pets. This is a comforting thought for any of us who have lost a beloved pet.
Consider this passage from the Bible where Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” If God does not forget even a single sparrow, then all animals are as eternal as God’s memory.
The New England Journal of Medicine:
A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat: David M. Dosa, M.D., M.P.H.