Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits by Dusty Rainbolt


"Some cats won't let a little thing like death separate them from their humans." ~ Dusty Rainbolt

Many cat lovers believe these amazing creatures possess mystical powers that reach beyond what we can see and touch. But can cats extend a paw from beyond the grave? Award-winning GHOST CATS is an original collection of heartwarming, and sometimes heart-stopping, accounts of cats who connected with their loved ones for a final time—ghost encounters of the feline kind.. From the chilling “Demon Cat of the Nation’s Capitol” to the comical “Phantom Litter Box” to the reassuring “Grungy’s Greeting”, there are feline phantasms for everyone.

And if you believe you have heard, seen or felt your very own departed kitty, author Dusty Rainbolt offers reasons why your best forever friend breeched that last, tenuous veil to reach you again.


This is a book I've been wanting to read for a long time so I was really excited to see a revised edition released just in time for Halloween. While reading it I couldn't help but feel a bit sad that despite the close bonds I form with them I've never had an afterlife encounter with one of my cats. Or maybe they've tried and I just haven't been open to it, who knows?

The book is broken into sections, from people who've had ghostly visits from cats they never knew, to others who are briefly reunited with their beloved companions one last time (which seems to occur most often when there's been a sudden, unexpected death where there was no chance to say good bye), to hotels and other locations known to have resident ghost cats.

My favorite story in the book is "Little Joe's Portrait" about a feral cat who lived at a refuge in Oregon. He forms a special bond with his caregiver and after being hit by a car and killed, she's devastated to come to the realization that she had never took a picture of him or any of the under cats in the colony. Just like so many of us, she assumed he would always be around. She immediately started taking pictures of all the cats, sent the film away to be processed, and was stunned to get them back and find Little Joe in one of the pictures next to the food bowls. The image is chilling. There's also the story of Tom Cat, Fort McAllister's mascot during the Civil War, killed on the battlefield; and a tiny tortie named Ms. P (short for Pitiful), who spent two decades as "security guard" in an antique shop.

If you love cats and believe that they always stay by your side even after we've been physically separated, this book will touch your heart and leave you looking for signs of their presence. Ghost Cats is comforting, historically fascinating, and at times simply heartbreaking, but in the end it's a book that needs to be in every cat lover's library.


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13 comments:

  1. We loved this book too, and highly recommend it!

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  2. This sounds like a really great book. Our mom would love reading this.

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  3. Wow, this book sounds like such an intriguing read. And like you said, just in time for Halloween. It sure would be nice to know we could interact with our furbabies who have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge.

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  4. I read the original edition of this book several years ago, and it was fascinating. I can only imagine the revised edition is even better! :)

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  5. Interesting. Thanks, Melissa and Mudpie.

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  6. I just ordered that yesterday when Summer wrote about it. I can't wait to read it, I am always looking for more proof that our kitties are still with us after they pass.

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  7. mudpie; heer in de land oh trout we haz proofz...well kinda.....that everee one who haz ever lived in TT haz come back ta say hi, we iz doin grate ~~~~~~ trooth !! ☺☺♥♥

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  8. That sounds like a really good book! Hugs.

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  9. Hmmm ... See that little shadow out of the corner of your eye? Feel that little lump at the foot of the bed at 1 a.m.? Hear that click click click on the hardwood floor behind you? Look. Feel. Listen. They're there.

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  10. TW doesn't read book; only blogs but she'd enjoy them being as we have ghost cats in the condo. Dusty should have reached out.

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  11. "Little Joe's Portrait" gives me chills and I haven't even read the story!

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  13. Oh my! I am buying this book now! (My Halloween present to myself :)) I have had strange "communications," shall I say, with two kitties from beyond the veil, as well as being "haunted" by a phantom white cat that I began to have dreams about many years ago. This "vision" eventually led me to a colony of homeless cats that I have been caring for for ten years! So this book sounds purr-fect!

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