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Can Pets Come Back As Ghosts?

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By bestselling author and paranormal investigator Joni Mayhan

After one of Sandy’s cats passed away, she spent the next few months mourning the loss. She’s always had cats as pets, but Gremlin was special. She had a strong bond with the black and brown tabby that went beyond normal human pet companionship. He often sat on her shoulder and kneaded his paws into her shoulder muscles, giving her a massage.

His memory didn’t fade over the next few years though. She still found herself thinking about him frequently, missing him much as she would have missed a human family member who had died. She was both surprised and stunned when he came back to visit five years after his passing in ghost form.

She was sitting on the couch in her sunroom, when she felt the familiar sensation of a cat jump onto her shoulder. She turned to look, but nothing was there. Seconds later, she felt invisible paws kneading into her shoulder muscles. Gremlin was back.


She went on to experience this in her bedroom, as well. Gremlin was a solid cat, and when he jumped up on her bed, it caused the entire bed to rock. He would then walk around the bed, circling her as she sat reading, purring loudly. When this happened shortly after her experience in the sun room, she knew it was Gremlin paying another visit.

Can pets become ghosts?

According to psychic medium Jessica Arael Morrocco, the answer is yes.

“When they pass over, as we humans do, their spirit often can be seen by mediums playing around their owner. I have experienced numerous incidences of this nature. I simply describe the dog and they will tell me who that is. To the surprise of many, it is not always the specific animal you are looking for. It could be a childhood pet or a pet of a relative who enjoys your company while they are in the afterlife.

“Here is something else to ponder, they re-incarnate just as we do. This is another sign of their eternal existence. The cat or dog can even come back as another animal, as well. I have discovered that during mediumship sessions with people.

“Some people talk about the rainbow bridge, a beautiful luminescent bridge where the animal is greeted on the other side by a relative or guardian. They have a soul but it remains in a place of innocence, similar to a child’s, where there is love without judgement. The universe cares for these animals. They are our gifts and are here to assist us in our journey. We should always take good care of them.”

Animals do reincarnate, but they aren’t reborn into human form until a certain level of awareness is reached. All souls have the ability to progress and humans can help their pets reach this next level. Love is the highest vibration and by showing it to our pets, we bring them closer to self-awareness, making them feel special and deserving of our love.

Give the pet a role in the household to reinforce it’s self-worth. Some people believe that animals are more spiritually evolved than people. While we are driven by motives and priorities, animals have a purer motive. Their actions are based on need, not driven by ego.

Pets who appear in ghost form haven’t reincarnated yet and are simply returning to pay a visit to their grieving owners. They will often give us subtle signs of their existence by exhibiting similar behavior to when they were alive. If a dog used to climb onto a couch with you, you might feel the cushions beside you depress. If your cat once knocked items off your counter, you very well might find objects in your house rearranged.

Can your living pets see the other pets in ghostly form?

It’s very possible. Your pet’s vision is vastly different from ours. It is geared towards movement to assist them in hunting, also allowing them to see better in low light situations. Cats also have a better grasp on colors at the red end of the spectrum, allowing them to differentiate between blues and violets better than we can. Since many paranormal investigators believe that ghosts appear in an ultraviolet light spectrum, this gives the theory more relevance.


Pets also have better hearing than we do, which means they might also be able to hear their ghostly counterparts too. A dog can typically detect sounds that are well beyond the spectrum of human hearing. While humans typically hear sounds from 12Hz to 20,000 Hz, a dog can hear nearly four times greater, in the 40Hz to 60,000 Hz range.

Since Gremlin’s unexpected return, Sandy has been visited by several of her other cats, as well, alerting her in their own unique ways to let her know they’re still with her.

Want to see proof of their ghost existence? Click on the link below to watch a video of a ghost cat captured on film at the haunted Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York.

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  • Betty Johnson

    I’ve had my cat, Belle, jump on my bed & curl up in her favorite spot after she passed. My hand only encountered air when i went to pet her!

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    • Joe78man

      I remember dreams some times too


    My dog Patch died two years ago. He was a collie beagle mix, and had long, white fur. Since his death, our house has been vacuumed many times, yet sometimes I will find one of his hairs on my shoulder. It happened yesterday, when I was wearing a brand new dress and sitting in my room, which he was never allowed inside. All of the sudden, there was one of his long white hairs on my arm. The oddest thing is, is that I will put the hairs in a bag and close it, but they dissapear no matter what. I am sure he is still watching over me.

  • Edward Sedileau

    I just have to disagree about the animal getting a certain level of awareness to achieve human form.if anything they lose awareness because animals are the most compassionate,non judgemental,honest beings on earth and humans well we are learning.just need to watch the animals teach us how to be.

  • Kirsty hannah-lee

    My dog merlin died nearly 2 weeks ago he would of been 17 in October since his passengers I feel his presence around me ive also heard the sound of the sofa being jumped on and the headbutting of my bedroom door I really feel like he’s around he was a stunningly beautiful collie brown and white fluffy ive cleaned and hoovered and I can still smell him here…

  • Marla Miller

    I recently moved in a new rental and started feeling the familiar feeling of a cat playing under the bed. Then I felt it jump onto the bed and walk up to me while I laid on my right side. I couldn’t see it but, I felt it “kneading” the covers and when I put my hand near it I felt the vibrations of it purring. Then another cat walked up on my left side and laid alongside my back. Then I felt another cat playing under the bed! 3 cats!
    I asked my landlady about previous tenants and she related that there had been a woman here who had 3 beloved cats when she lived here 15 years ago! So, now every night I have the pleasure of these sweet ghost cats cuddling with me. I feel blessed to be experiencing this wonderful phenomenon.

  • Lawrence Kocurek

    My cat passed away a few months ago and I was very close to her

  • Patience Sowa

    My dog Loki passed away last April and today I was talking to my mothers friend about HER Loki. She bought a 3 month old pup and was trying to name him Apollo but it wouldnt take after 2 months. They were watching Thor and he got really excited when ever he heard Loki. He picked his name. Today, he looked at me and I just balled my eyes out. It was my Loki’s eyes. He played just like Lobo did when he was a pup. I would stay up at night and beg and beg him to come back saying ” If you love us, you would come back ” and he did. I just wish he had come back to our family instead of friends but at least I get to see him again.

  • Veronica Covey

    My baby boy maple passed away sometime this morning I believe( found dead on my drive way) , I had a special bond with my fur baby , he was very unique , smart, and handsome …he would come straight to me after my whistles and calling for him . I really do hope that I can see him again . my world feels broken into pieces and I’ve been crying all day wondering why .I can’t stand the feeling of him not here with me.

  • Berto k

    I believe this. This past Halloween night 2018, while sleeping in the early hours of the morning, I was awakened by movements on the side of my bed. It felt like how my dog would stand on the floor on my side of the bed. I looked to my side, and I saw a hologram of a little dog, jumping up and down. My Shi-Tzu who sleeps on my bed, and two years old saw what was happening and started to bark at it. The ghost dog disappeared. I believe it was my Japanese Chin: Hiroshi , who was a puppy, and I only had him for less than a week. He died two years ago. He had Parvo, and was put to sleep. I was so devastated when he passed away in my arms. I told him to wait for me, and I will find him in the next life. I guess Hiroshi is waiting for me, and has been visiting me.

  • Brian Allen

    My name is Brian Allen and have a Australia shepherd she was real sick and I took her to the vet and the Dr said that they she had to be put down she was to sick with kidney failure and was to sick to save her so the Dr put her down I was so so sad she was my baby when I got home that night she was sitting on my bed and couldn’t see her when I went to bed she jumped on my chest and she let me see her she was a puppy again and she looked like a puppy she was so beautiful and she was 8years old when she died she now l would say 2years old and she’s still at home today she passed away about 6 days ago and she bounces around like a puppy I think she wants to stay at home so I told her that we could go to heaven together I’m 51years old and not so much in good health and my body’s been beat up through life I should have died a few times I love having her in my life.