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Cats In The Coach House


I signed up to this site looking for some information on my Mums'behalf.

Two years ago my parents bought a converted 200 year old coach house in Somerset, England. Along with them was their yorkie and 17 year old Himalayan, who passed away last year. Shortly after their arrival they (including the pets) kept hearing loud thuds downstairs...let's say, hoof-like thuds. My dad went down to investigate on numerous occasions, but found nothing. Both my parents (and the pets) became quite used to the thuds after a while and often joke about it.

Since the passing of their cat, other things have started to happen. A couple of months back, my Mum was in bed about to fall asleep when she felt something jump up and lay gently beside her. A moment later another jumped up, and then another. Before she knew it, she felt she was sharing the bed with what she can only decribe as four or five cats. The dog, who was already asleep on the bed, started to change its breathing. Its a Yorkie who snores (all the time!), but at that moment my mum couldn't hear her, at all.

All that besides, she didn't feel afraid. Quite the opposite.

Since then, this has been happening on a nightly basis. She cannot see them, but can definately feel them. Especially the one who lays on her chest and breathes gently in her face (as her old cat used to). One night she went to bed early with a bout of sciatica (of which she suffers alot). The 'cats' arrived, snuggled-up to her and the next morning she felt a lot better.

Of course, she doesn't want to tell many people about this in fear of being branded as a loon, but I thought that whilst I was on your site, I'd drop this in.

My Opinion to all this?...Well, it can be looked at in one of two ways:

Non believer - My Mum has to lay off that West Country gooseberry wine!

Believer - They live in a converted coach house. What else would you expect from a place that spent many years with coaches & horses: mice. And cats (of whom our beloved Himalayan now seems to be the ringleader. He was always the boss when he was around!).

By the way, the hoof thuds have stopped since the 'cats' arrival.

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cooper28 (2 posts)
11 years ago (2011-11-13)
My cat died in 07 he was 14 and I was away at th time I can honestly say I lost my best friend. Makes me upset when I talk about it even now.
I swear when I returned home I could see him out of the corner of my eye when I was upstairs I saw him coming out of my room or going in. Or maybe its because I was used to seeing him.: (I hope it was him. He slept with me in my covers head on the pillow next to me every night he was very much like a person! And I wish he stil would come to see me,
What a lovely story
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-06)
I love cats and Cats have a Great Good heart who love their owner they do still be there after life Your mom missed her cat who sleep with her when the cat alife. I do have cat too and sleep with me too. Tell your mother that I'm sorry about loss of her cat I too lost my few of my cats but I have two more that still ready to go cause of old age. Animals don't live longer then Human that nuts thought I wish they do cause it's break my heart to lose them.
redphx (4 stories) (827 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-05)
Oh how cute! I share my bed with my ghost kitty. He died at 17. I have tons of living cats too. Sometimes I will be in bed just resting in the dark. I feel a cat jump onto the bed, walk over to my head, start kneading the covers, and I hear purring. When I lift my hand to pet my cat (thinking its my Moran) I don't feel anything. I get up look around and see no cats in my room and my door is still closed. I lay back down and I hear the purring and kneading again. Its my Beast coming to lay with me. ❤

Your mom is not crazy and it is fun to have ghost kitties. I've had the same experience so she is not alone!
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-05)
I love love LOVE this story! Thank you for sharing it! I believe animals can and do forge connections with humans that are beyond comprehension. I think these spirit cats knew that your mum was lonely and could use the comfort and company.
DragonStorm80 (1 stories) (440 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-05)
I am definately a believer on this story!

How sweet that your mums cat will still come to visit and comfort her after it has passed on!

This is such a lovely story, thank you 😊
TruthInDarkness (4 stories) (259 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-05)
HarrisTweed - Her mom (or mum as they say in England) did not tell her that she could not move during these events. Thus, I think that, unless otherwise noted, sleep paralysis is off the table.
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-04)
cmj64 BELIEVER! I thought the same thing even before getting to the last bit your cat started it off and the other cats followed.

It is said a pet will know when a person is ill and will comfort them, snuggling up to them and that kind of thing, your mum is not a loon and can stay on the west country gooseberry wine (in moderation of course) 😆
Thanks for sharing
HarrisTweed (1 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-04)
I'm not a sceptic but it sounds like sleep paralysis to me, the alarm bells started ringing when you said "Especially the one who lays on her chest" pressure on the chest is a common feature of the disorder. As far as the unexplained noises, who knows.
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-04)
I'm definitely going with option number two, the believer. I have to agree with you 100% in your assessment. And thank you for sharing your mothers experience with us. ❤

Jav 😊
Gizzy (3 stories) (71 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-04)
Hi cjm64,

In my opinion the cats come to comfort your mum and snuggle up at night. I think this is a lovely story it made me smile and I hope to hear more from you. I have to be honest I am surprised you have not experienced anything else it being a 200 year old coach house but it sounds like you have nice spirits. Suzie 😊

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