Gemini My Psychic Cat - Are Cats Psychic?

Are Cats Psychic?

This is the story of how Gemini, our telepathic cat, spent one summer vacation. Every cat lover knows that cats are the most amazing animals. They can be lovable and cuddly or independent and aloof. They can get into hair-raising predicaments and somehow get themselves out of them, too. They are survivors. Some might say that cats are psychic. I’m sure that my cat Gemini is telepathic.

The Very Talkative Cat

The year we traveled to Alaska on our first RV adventure, Gemini was only 4 years old. He was a strapping young Oriental Shorthair cat (a cross between Siamese cat and an American Shorthair cat) with many of the characteristics of his Siamese heritage. He liked to talk, and his vocabulary ranged from pathetic, hungry meows to angry, demanding yowls. His longshoreman vocabulary could (and did) scare off more than one German Sheppard. When he was being especially lovable to me, he would purr and chirr softly. This cat could certainly communicate well!

Because our Alaska itinerary would take us in and out of Canada several times, and RVing was a brand-new adventure for us, we decided to leave Gemini with our son and his family for the summer. It was a perfect place for a cat, out in the country, well away from the busy road, and seemed like a good plan.

At the beginning of June, we said our goodbyes to kids and cats, and took off on our adventure. Little did we know that Gemini would have his own adventures that summer.

My Cat Is Trying to Tell Me Something

Sometimes my cat looks like he's trying to tell me something important!
Sometimes my cat looks like he's trying to tell me something important! | Source

The cat who appeared in dreams

We went merrily on our way, knowing that our much-loved cat would be in good hands. For the first week, we called often to check in with the kids and see how our cat was doing. As we drove farther into Canada and then Alaska, our cell phones signals became erratic, so we didn’t talk for a couple of weeks. About this time, I started dreaming about Gemini almost every night. One night I was sure I heard him crying. Another night, I thought I felt him come up on the bed and curl up next to me as was his habit, but when I groggily put my hand out to pet him, he wasn’t there. Sometimes in a half-waking state, I would hear him purr on my pillow. Although I've never been a big believer in messages coming to us in our dreams, I was sure that my cat was missing me and calling to me. Of course, my husband thought I was just missing him and our busy days kept me from thinking much about my dreams.

Cat Napping

Gemini cat napping on our table in the motor home.  I'm not sure why the plate seemed like a good pillow. but he seemed very comfortable.
Gemini cat napping on our table in the motor home. I'm not sure why the plate seemed like a good pillow. but he seemed very comfortable. | Source

My cat is missing!

Finally, after almost two weeks, we were able to call our son from a phone booth in Skagway. It was then that he broke the news that Gemini was lost, and had been gone for almost two weeks. Our son was really upset and had been going door-to-door looking for the cat. Since I had several digital pictures stored on my laptop, I printed them out and and mailed them so that he could make posters to put up in local businesses and put flyers in mailboxes. The summer went on, and I continued to dream about Gemini calling for me, lost and abandoned, but he was never found. I was heartbroken.

After months of being lost, Gemini still appears in dreams

In August, we returned home to New York to a house that felt extra empty without my furry friend to welcome me back. I still dreamed of Gemini calling pitifully for me and I believed that he had survived the summer and was still out there somewhere. In one more last ditch effort, I printed off more flyers with his picture and offered a reward. We posted them again in the post office, gas station, drug store, library and anywhere else we could think of in our son’s town. Then we went around again and put flyers in every mailbox within about five miles of where the cat was lost.

Gardening and Bathing ~ Two Important Cat Activities

Cat Gardening.  The plant that Gemini is so lovingly hugging is catnip.  It never did grow very big because he kept nibbling the edges off the leaves.
Cat Gardening. The plant that Gemini is so lovingly hugging is catnip. It never did grow very big because he kept nibbling the edges off the leaves. | Source
Cat Bathing. There's something about lying in a sunbeam that makes it the perfect spot for a bath.
Cat Bathing. There's something about lying in a sunbeam that makes it the perfect spot for a bath. | Source

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Tips on How to Find a Lost Cat

Here is some good advice on how to find a lost cat.

  • Check all the normal hiding places like under the porch and in all the nooks and crannies. Look in the garage, outbuildings, in cars, basements and closets. Cats are curious and will not hesitate to investigate a new place that has been closed off to them in the past.
  • Put food outside your door. Some people advise putting a baby monitor outside near the door in case the cat comes back overnight and meows outside the door.
  • Try a "Scent Beacon." Put the cat's favorite afghan or bedding outside near your door. The scent may help him find his way home.
  • Call and visit local animal shelters to be sure that your cat wasn't brought in. Leave your name and number and picture of the cat.
  • Check with neighbors. Ask neighbors to check their barns, garage and outbuildings to make sure the cat wasn't accidentally locked inside.
  • Make photo flyers with his picture and description on them to leave at local houmes. Be sure to include your first name and phone number and general area of where the pet was lost. Offering a reward is an added incentive.
  • Post picture flyers at any local business that has a bulletin board. Make tear-off strips at the bottom with your name and number so that people can take contact information home with them.
  • Put an ad in your local paper and shopper.
  • Call local veterinarians to see if anyone brought in an injured or sick stray cat.
  • List in local internet "LOST and FOUND" websites like Petfinder.com.
  • Keep looking. If you don't find your cat right away, try a new campaign in a couple of weeks. Be persistent because sometimes it takes a long time to find that lost cat again.


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Return of the missing cat

In mid-September, I got a call from a lady who lived about three miles from our son. She just noticed the photo flyer that had been buried in a pile of papers on her counter, and said there was a wild cat living in her barn that looked just like Gemini’s picture on the flyer. I told her that our son would be there in a couple of hours and she said, “Be sure he wears gloves, because the cat is vicious and won’t let anyone get near him.”

Well, Brian went to her house and opened the barn door, and sure enough, there was Gemini, very thin, but none the worse for the wear. Brian said, “Here Gemini…” and the cat immediately recognized him and came to him purring loudly.

We drove over as soon as we heard, and it was a lovely reunion to hold my much-loved cat again. He purred loudly and rubbed against my face, telling me that he had missed me, too, but he never did tell me how he managed to survive for four long months on his own.

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Footnote: The experience of losing our cat was traumatic for me as well as Gemini. After that experience, we decided that he would travel with us, and he adapted beautifully to life in the motorhome. He became an RVing cat, traveling with us around the country when we lived in our RV full time.

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Copyright ©2010 Stephanie Henkel


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

Such a beautiful story with a happy ending. I love cats too but I don't think mine is psychic, he is a white persian, very intelligent and demanding but I just adore him. His best friend is a big Rottweiler we have had since a puppy. I think I just love all animals.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Christine, Many cat lovers have special bonds with their cats. They are lovely and amazing creatures, each with their own unique personality. Your white Persian must be beautiful — Persians are so beautiful and refined looking. Thanks for stopping by my hub!


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Niki Hampton 5 years ago from Oregon

Love it! :) My cats look at me in some crazy ways. My oldest (who was here before the kids) is likely saying "Why the hell do you keep bringing babies into this house?!" and "Really? A kitten! That kid pisses me off!" lol

They don't sleep anywhere strange, but maybe the desk shot means a work break is needed.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hahaha..., Nicki! See, your cat does communicate with you telepathically— I'm sure that's exactly what he's saying! Thanks for stopping by to read my hub!


Maria Terzakis 5 years ago

What a lovely story!!! Our beloved Stripey, just over a year old, went missing 10 days ago - & we are heartbroken. The house is empty without her, even tho we have three other cats, including her sister who is so so sad!! I cry everyday all the time - somehow I just feel that she will be back - I have also put up flyers all over and notified the vets in the area. I just can't believe how devastated we are by this loss!!!!!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

I love Gemini and so glad you both are together. I have two cats and would hate if anything happened to them. voted up and stuff


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Maria, I do hope that you found your cat, Stripey. It is heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. But don't give up hope —cats are survivors!


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I am so glad you found Gemini!! I was about to start crying if you didn't!! I know I'd be heartbroken if one of ours was lost. We're actually thinking of going RV'ing when we retire but didn't know how cats would do in an RV - it sounds like the DO adjust! :) (We have some years to go yet before we can retire, though, so our cats will be seniors by then). Interesting hub, great information!! ;)


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kathy,

We still have Gemini, and he's going on 15 years old. He still comes with us RVing and seems content as long as he can find a private place to hide when we use the vacuum cleaner. :) Thanks for visiting my hub and for your comments!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wonderful story with a happy ending. I believe that cats and dogs are telepathic. I can just look at one of my dogs and think let's go for a walk and they go to where I keep the leashes. Gemini is a gorgeous cat.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, Susan! It was a happy ending, though I was pretty worried for a while. I do believe that some animals are telepathic, especially when you are really close to them. Gemini says, "Thanks for the complement!"


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

This broke my heart! What a beautiful story of being reunited with your cat. he must've gone out looking for you like in Homeward Bound.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Stephaniedas - I think he was looking for me the whole time he was missing. I was heartbroken when I thought I had lost him forever. It was a very happy reunion! Thanks for stopping in to read my hub about gemini my psychic cat!


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littlethespians 4 years ago from Farmville, Virginia

He's got a great name for being 'touched". I know what you went through emotionally while your cat was missing. The 'not knowing' is the worst. Good on you for putting on several campaigns!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Littlethespians - Yes, Gemini is very dear to me! I was SO happy to find him again. He is still with me 8 years later! Though he wouldn't wander that much now, he still has a wonderful and intriguing personality.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Wow!... I really enjoyed reading this story of Gemini :) He sure knows how to take care of himself in those months.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Precy Anza - I'm glad you enjoyed this true story about Gemini. He is a very resourceful cat!

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