Kitty Kapers

The story of the ghost cat

March 14, 2017

Back in October, I made the big move from the Sutherland Shire to the Central Coast {I still miss the shire but that’s a whole other post!} That meant we moved from a unit to a townhouse. In hindsight, I probably should have looked for a unit here too but you know, you think because it’s cheaper than Sydney, it might be nice to have a house as opposed to an apartment.

The cats settled in after about 10 days and soon found out they had a backyard. Pebbles in particular, loved the backyard. I allowed them to wander outside provided I was home. There was no way they were going outside while I was at work. Somewhere along the line, Buttons got spooked around mid-November when I turned on the air-conditioner in the bedroom; you see, neither cat had seen an air-con before. They both freaked out but Buttons refused to come upstairs after that.

It then turned into him avoiding the bedroom upstairs especially at night time. If forced to come up, he’d look around {not just at the air-con} as if expecting something to come and jump on him. When he wasn’t forced, he would still meow for me from downstairs and I doubt he slept at night because I’d occasionally catch him staring hard at something in the study. He always seemed on edge. He also became highly anxious downstairs, even sometimes during the day, jumping at sudden movements and even hissing at us if he saw us through the window that faced the front door.

It was all very perplexing. Especially as he’s always been a mummy’s boy, loving his snuggles and would roll over when he’d see me through the window in Sydney. He’s also the friendliest cat ever!

About a month or two ago, I was getting ready for work on a Saturday when I caught a glimpse of a cat outside through the window in the study. And not just any cat. My cat. Buttons.

I freaked out thinking Buttons had somehow escaped from the backyard and gone out through the side gate and was now in front of the house. I ran outside only to find no cat. As I walked in, he was still sitting on his cat tree in the lounge room and Pebbles was comfortable on the dining chairs. I figured my eyes were probably playing tricks on me and forgot about the incident.

Four weeks ago, we took Buttons to the vet as the anxiety didn’t seem to be going away. He would no longer meow at night but was still quite hypervigilant. The vet prescribed Fluoxetine — an anti-anxiety medication we actually prescribe for humans too. Buttons only needed a quarter of a tablet. After three weeks on the meds, he made his own way upstairs one night and has been sleeping with us since. He also stopped hissing at us through the window.


But then, this weekend, as I was getting ready for work on Saturday, Mr Imperfect yelled out that Buttons was outside the house and ran out. I ran downstairs to find Mr Imperfect outside looking for Buttons but there was no sign of a cat. Mr Imperfect had been in the study and happened to see Buttons walking outside. He thought he may have accidentally left the door open.

We didn’t see any cat and I went back inside to find Buttons lazily making his way from the lounge room to his food bowl in the kitchen. Pebbles had been upstairs with me the entire time so she was definitely home.

Which then begged the question — who was this cat? 

We live in a cul-de-sac and are the last townhouse in the block. None of our neighbours has cats outdoors as strata is strict about any cats being within our own properties.

Mr Imperfect is convinced it’s a ghost cat.

I’m hesitant to jump to that conclusion.

And yet, I can’t find an explanation for Buttons’ strange behaviours for four long months. The meowing at night. The hissing at the window. The staring hard at what seems like nothing.

It’s all a bit creepy if you ask me.

I don’t want to CATastrophise but could there be stranger things going on?

If so, I think I might want to move!

Have you had any encounters of the other-wordly kind? Especially with animals?

Do share!

***Linking with Kylie for IBOT***

Until next time,


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  • Reply Amy @ HandbagMafia March 14, 2017 at 6:18 AM

    That is so weird!!

  • Reply Renee Wilson March 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Oooh there totally is a ghost cat!!! Poor Buttons. How stressful for him. I hope the ghost cat leaves you guys alone so you can enjoy your new digs.

  • Reply Kylie Purtell March 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Oh geez, poor kitty! Hopefully if there is a ghost cat it’s a friendly one and Buttons will make friends with it soon. Either that or you may just have to move!

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama March 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    I love the pics of Pebbles and Buttons. Sometimes when my cats stare into a corner at “nothing”, I’ve heard visitors say that they are “seeing” something we can’t …
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  • Reply Obsessivemom March 14, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Goodness this is one mystery I need to be solved. I hope you find a reasonable explanation. I really do not believe I ghosts but unexplained things do exist.
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  • Reply Ashleigh - March 14, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Maybe there is a friend! Who wants to make friends? That is weird. Funny you say that about the air conditioner. My cats meow to turn the bloody thing on!
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  • Reply Jodi Gibson March 14, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    This is all a bit spooky!

  • Reply Rajlakshmi March 14, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    oh dear, not that’s really spooky. Probably there’s another Button lookalike stray cat, and maybe Button sensed it’s presence 😀
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  • Reply Lata Sunil March 15, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    Bit spooky.. maybe it is a neighbour cat who looks similar.

  • Reply Roshan Radhakrishnan March 15, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    Ok. I haven’t had any ghostly encounters but yes, your place definitely needs a visit from the Ghsotbusters right now! A cat ghost impersonator, no less!
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  • Reply Carol Graham March 15, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    You made me smile — cats are like that sometimes – creepy!
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  • Reply Anamika Agnihotri March 16, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Oops, that was real spooky. Cats and dogs (I am not aware of other animals) have sixth sense to sniff things which we cannot see or hear. I hope all of you settle down and divert your minds off the ghost cat.
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  • Reply Ramya Abhinand March 17, 2017 at 3:24 AM

    Strange and spooky. I haven’t really e nountered any such thing. But have heard that animals sure have a sixth sense something that we humans surely lack.

  • Reply Parul Thakur March 18, 2017 at 12:05 AM

    That IS spooky. Though I have never had an encounter, I would be scared a bit. Is it possible that the other cat is a stray? I am just trying to think of possibility. No thing as a ghost. 😉
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