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Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits Paperback – March 1, 2007

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People who have spent a lifetime observing and interacting with cats will say that these amazing animals seem to possess powers - supernatural, psychic, or otherwise - that we can only begin to comprehend. But are they able to return from the grave as well?
In Ghost Cats, the strangely heartwarming tales of cats who have refused to let death part them from their human companions are recounted in vivid and captivating detail. From the chilling "Demon Cat of the Nation's Capitol" to the delightful "Phantom Litter Box" to the touching "Poor Puss" of Stonehenge, there's a plethora of phantasms here for everyone. And what if you receive bedtime visitations from your very own dearly departed kitty? Author Dusty friend explains all the signs of a haunting and offers reasons why your freind has come back.
A thrilling read for the cat and ghost lovers among us, and a consolation for those who have lost a beloved pet, this collection of stories confirms that these wonderful, whiskered creatures capture our imagination as much as they do our hearts, long after they have purred their last.

About the Author

Dusty Rainbolt is product reviewer for Catnip, former product editor for Whole Cat Journal, and the author of Kittens for Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599210045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210049
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Duban on April 27, 2007
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I loved this book and the stories in them. These stories are true, or at least one is true and I know this because my story is one of them. I could not put this book down once I started it--the people and the cats are wonderful, the names are wonderful, the almost-always sweet encounters between people and cat spirits are wonderful. And I needed to read this book because last October my two dear cats, Huckleberry and Scamper, disappeared within 8 days of each other (displaced suburban coyotes being the most likely culprits). I was still grieving when I read this book and I often found myself teary-eyed and sniffling as I read the different heartwarming stories. But by the end, I was on my way to accepting their deaths and believing that they are still out there, somewhere in the great beyond, loving and being loved. Whether you love ghost stories or cat stories (or now, a combination of both), you'll find GHOST CATS a treasure to read. It's a keeper.
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"Ghost Cats" chronicles numerous paranormal encounters of the feline kind, but the author reveals as much about the power of the heart as she does about the power of the spirit. The book is well-written, well-researched, and a complete joy to read.
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If you're looking for ghost stories of the creepy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night variety, then Dusty Rainbolt's GHOST CATS is not for you. Things feline do go bump in the night in the true accounts in this book, but they do so in the most loving, heart-felt way imaginable -- proof positive that the heart that is loved does indeed remember. There's Tigger, the orange tomcat who spends his afterlife patrolling his owners' house, jumping up on their beds and rubbing his whiskers against their faces. There are the cats who flit in and out of sight at the 100-year-old house of the vet who treated them in this life. And there are Kochka, Omar, Sooz, and a slew of other feline ghosts who stopped back one last time to let their grieving owners know they were OK. Yes, this is a book you can't put down, but it's also one that you'll find yourself picking up time and again to remind yourself that "[t]his world is not conclusion." Far from it, as the cats in this book go to show.
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Rainbolt has gathered true tales of cat visitations from historical and contemporary sources. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, if you're a cat lover you'll enjoy and perhaps even be comforted by the stories of cats whose presence remained even after death.
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Dusty Rainbolt's book, Ghost Cats, was not at all spooky or scary (at least to me) as a few other readers have thought. I felt very comforted by the fact that our beloved kitties do not forget us when they are gone. And the fact that they do come back to check on us and to even say "goodbye" is a warm feeling for those of us whose hearts are so broken. I truly believed the stories in this book and all the "ghostly" appearances our feline friends make before going over the Rainbow Bridge forever -- to wait for us to join them someday. This book is on my Must-Read book list!!!
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I stayed up very late finishing up this delightful book in one go. Having had some experiences of my own with ghostly cat visits, I was absolutely pleased to find out that these occurrences are not at all unheard of. The stories made me smile and laugh, and a couple even had me thinking, uh-oh, I'm going to start bawling in a minute. (To this day, even THINKING of the ending of "Where the Red Fern Grows" has me crying hysterically.) Having great-grandpa returning from beyond the grave? Horrifying (as are most family visits). But having a pet come back to you post-mortem to pursue her old routines -- quite matter-of-factly and with no particular drama -- reaffirms the great love and attachment you and she felt for each other. I'm so glad Dusty Rainbolt collected these personal accounts and published them. Let's hope she writes another volume! As you can see from all these other customer reviews, she'd find a happy audience for them.
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Being a cat lover and liking a good ghost story, this book really hit home. Its not just that the stories give you a tingle, but that they are all true. Just as some encounter spirits of people, these stories tell of those who find themselves in contact with the spirits of felines.

As usual, Ms. Rainbolt's writing style is smooth and carries you from page to page. The book is a good read and leaves you with the impression that maybe, just maybe, your beloved kitty is watching you from the Beyond.
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Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits is not a book to be missed! Dusty did a wonderful job with this somewhat controversial subject. And the stories submitted by people will bring tears to your eyes by the depth of love between them and their deceased feline family members. I have a story in there about one of my favorite cats and it still brings tears to my eyes as well as a sense of well being when I recall what happened that night Harrison passed to the Rainbow Bridge.
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