I Think I Have a Ghost Cat in My House

You might laugh at what I’m about to say, but I think that I have a ghost cat in my house. I’ve felt an animal walking on my bed, and one night I saw it very clearly. It doesn’t seem threatening, but it’s unnerving to say the least.

I love cats, but I don’t like the feeling of an invisible animal walking across my bed, especially late at night when the lights are out. Have you experienced anything similar?

What Could it Be?

When I saw the ghost cat, it wasn’t out of the corner of my eye. I’ve experienced peripheral movement many times, but I caught it straight on.

It looked almost as solid as a living breathing feline, but if I had to describe it I’d say that it looked more two-dimensional. It was the same color as my husband’s dead cat.

Thumper died years before we met, and his body is buried next to the shed. His spirit seems to come and go – if in fact it’s him. It could be something more sinister disguising itself as a cat.

I’m not an expert on the subject. I only know what I’m seeing and feeling. I’m not going to acknowledge it.

I’m Sure of What I Saw!

One night I had fallen asleep in the reclining chair in the downstairs family room. When I awoke I saw a dark cat with tortoise shell markings approaching the chair. It was moving fairly fast, and I didn’t have time to process what I saw.

It was looking into my eyes as I was trying to figure out who or what it was. ‘Panda Bear’ is my cat and his fur is white with black spots. My husband’s kitty ‘Baby’ is gray and white with stripes. This kitty was dark, and it wasn’t one of our pets – at least not a live one.

As the mystery animal approached my chair, it wasn’t slowing down. I didn’t know what it was going to do and I didn’t have time to respond. I can still see it very clearly it in my mind.

The footrest was extended but the animal didn’t jump up. It disappeared into the bottom of the chair! Just like that, it was gone. It had vanished! I haven’t seen it since but I’ve felt it many times. I feel it walking on my bed most nights. Is it a ghost cat or something evil? I’m afraid to find out!

A Ghost Cat Jumps on My Bed and Walks Toward Me –

Shortly after I lie down, I pull the covers around me. The blankets give me a sense of security, but within less than a minute I feel what seems like an invisible cat land on my bed.

Next, I feel it take about four or five steps toward me. It scares me half to death! I don’t like feeling anything that I can’t see.

I’d like to think it’s Thumper, my husband’s dead cat, but I can’t be sure. I’m sure it’s a feline. It feels the same as when my kitty lands on the bed only it’s much lighter. I can feel the steps and impressions as the animal approaches.

I know it’s not my imagination. It happens when I haven’t yet fallen asleep, and I’m sure of what I’m feeling. What I’m not certain about is what this entity really is.

Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits

My Cat Watches Something Invisible –

It doesn’t end with feelings of a cat landing and walking across my blanket. My cat usually lies beside me not long after I’m in bed. He quietly comes into the room, and when he lands he scares me even more.

He’s a heavy boy and lands like a rock. He enjoys being petted and lies as close to me as possible. I feel protected from the spirit cat when he’s with me.

My cat isn’t always still when he’s lying beside me. I can tell that he’s watching something moving in the dimly lit room. He looks down toward the floor, and his head moves from one side to the next. It’s as if he’s following the activities of another animal.

It isn’t my dog. He’s in his own bed, and sometimes he seems scared. We don’t have mice in the house either. He’s probably sensing or seeing Thumper or whatever it is.

I have a ghost cat in my house – I think, and it seems as real as my other kitties. Is it really a ghost cat? I may never know.

Read the Comments from Other Visitors Below – You Will be Shocked and Amazed!

Have you experienced the feeling of an invisible animal on your bed? Have you ever caught a glimpse? Please leave your comments below, and share your ghost-cat story. I know that I’m not alone. What do you think it is?


Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

41 thoughts on “I Think I Have a Ghost Cat in My House

  • October 1, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    I have two ghost cats that visit me almost nightly, one is a fairly lightweight little cat and the other must be a 20 pounder. Its been going on for at least 5 years and I’ve never seen a thing. They’ll jump up on the bed, nuzzle and bat my hand sometimes ,kneed my back and the big fellow likes to curl up against the small of my back some nights and goes to sleep. At first I didn’t know what to do or where to turn, I’ve never owned a cat as I’m really allergic to them and have never had a paranormal experience other than a dead friend come to visit me in an extremely lucid dream once. The strange thing is that the cats have mass as I feel every footstep and feel the pressure when one lays on my legs or rubs himself up against me but when I reach out to touch it there is nothing there? It’s not negative in any manner but I do wonder why they haunt me?

    • October 1, 2020 at 4:23 PM

      Maybe they’re just looking for the same love and affection they had with humans in the physical world. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • April 26, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Hi, every time I laid down on my bed, I have a feeling that a Cat is with me, it jumps up on my bed lays on my feet, legs and kneads my feet, I’m not scared, as I have had cats all my life, sometimes I can hear it purring, I have never seen it, I feel very happy about this as I live alone, and I’m not allowed animals. This has only started recently, my last cat passed away about 3 years ago. Should I be worried or just enjoy its presents???

  • October 31, 2017 at 6:27 AM

    I’ve recently moved alone to a new flat – it’s not that old, maybe 20 years or so.

    I have been experiencing a shadow/figure the size and behaviour of a cat. It mainly walks around the small hallway, but I can “see” it from my living room sofa and sometimes from my bed at night, with a feeling of being watched. But not in a creepy way at all. I’ve had cats before so pretty sure it’s one instead of a dog etc.

    Last night I woke to use the toilet and when I opened the bathroom door to get back to my bed it scampered quickly towards my bedroom. It had clearly been waiting outside the door. I still haven’t really *seen* it but still have, if it makes sense?

    • November 1, 2017 at 1:25 PM

      Hi, Nelli. It does sound like you have a ghost cat. It doesn’t sound harmful either. Yes, what you’ve said makes perfect sense. I’ve seen a ghost cat out of the corner of my eye many times. You can tell because they move like a cat. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

      • July 30, 2020 at 10:20 PM

        So I’m having a similar scenario. Both in my previous apartment and my current apartment I frequently feel a cat walk up my bed and on the pillow next to me. I haven’t had a cat in about 20 years. I am a Christian, so I listen to christian music and sermons. I don’t watch scary stuff on tv. I’ve prayed in head for this thing to leave to no avail. I’ve left scripture play on my phone while i sleep and still nothing. I need help please.

  • August 10, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    I’m scared beacase my cat is always poofing his tail up when he walks into my hall and just minuts ago I let him out of my room and he poofed up and HISSED which he does NOT normally do then when he went down the stairs he did it again AND my dog BLIND DOG barked . do I have a ghost animal in my house and is It friendly .my house is about 100 years old

  • July 9, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    My husband has been experiencing a ghost cat encounter for several weeks now. It only happens when he is alone in bed. He told me today that there has been more than one cat. That when one appeared, he told it to go away-then another would appear and the same response with the same reaction. At one point-he had a reaction and when he told it to go away-it jumped into his closet-he claims he was wide awake and saw the clothes in his closet move. When we were at his sister’s house, while no one was at home, he went to the basement to turn off the water, while on his way back upstairs, he claims he heard a voice saying “Robert”. He said it didn’t sound friendly. It really scared him. I as his wife don’t know what to think. I am totally open minded-I truly don’t think he is crazy. I believe anything is possible. I am worried about him…He is a great man who prides himself with family and friends. We have a cat Jersey who is very Intuned with me and my issues. We have 2 cats and 1kitten-Jersey we got when he was 1 1/2 years old, Brooklyn we got when she was 8 weeks old. Both indoor cats. Had some issues in the beginning, but they became two peas in a pod. He became her protector-always… Then we got Susky…he was about 12 weeks when I adopted him. He was born outside and lived his entire life up to the point of me adopting him-outside. I brought him “home” to live with us. He has adapted well with being indoors-used the litter box right after eating-introducing himself to Jersey and Brooklyn…things have been progressing-they all accept one another. My issue is why is my husband experiencing this “ghost cat”???? Now-after all this with a new kitten???

    • July 10, 2017 at 3:26 PM

      Thanks for sharing your husband’s experiences, Amy. Maybe it was drawn to the new kitten. Some things are impossible to explain, at least for now. I wish that I had answers for everyone here. Isn’t it strange how so many people are experiencing similar issues with ‘ghost cats’? Maybe they’re living their lives in their own world but it gets mixed up with ours now and then.

      • December 19, 2020 at 9:27 AM

        I have been experiencing what I think is a ghost cat. It jumps on my bed every night. I can’t see it but I see the covers moving and it lays against my side or my legs. My cat sees it and it spooks her. It is freaking me out. I moved tonight in the TV room and tried to sleep in the recliner, it followed me and jumped on the footrest and climbed beside me and around me. If I’m sitting on the couch I feel it rubbing against my feet.
        I had to put down my lovely 19 yr old cat about 6 months ago, sobIm guessing it could be her. I’ve asked her to please go away. She doesn’t. I’m feeling her right now leaning next to me and It is very unnerving. How can I make her leave? I’m not getting any sleep.

  • March 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    I saw a ghost cat in 1999 .. it was at an ex girlfriends house. It wasnt a scary experience, it was more shock and awe and not being able to believe my eyes.. i got a good look at it on 3 occasions, the other times i saw it were just fleeting glimpses.
    It was like a shadow in a cat shape.. the first time i saw it, it just walked in front of me as i watched tv and vanished into an armchair..
    My girlfriend had seen it before over the years.
    It was a very weird experience ..my girlfriend really didnt like talking about it for some reason.
    One night we both saw it from outside her house as we returned home – it was sat in the window – that was the clearest view i got of it. We watched it for maybe 30 seconds before it seemed to disappear behind the window sill and then float up into the air and vanish.. it made my hairs stand on end but it wasnt frightening if that makes sense..
    It really is hard to describe – it was like a misty black shadow that seemed to fade, reappear, fade, reappear and than vanish into nothing.

  • December 27, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I experienced a ghost cat.. it would come lay on my bed when I was sleeping. I could feel it walk up, curl up next to me and purr.. I never saw it, I felt it.. it was absolutely amazing.. it was such a gift… a friend came over and said, when did you get a cat.. lol. I said, I have no cat except a ghost cat.. lol. He said I just saw a grey kitten run into your room.. I just laughed and told him my story… 3 days later kids found a dead grey cat outside by my bedroom wall. That night I thanked the kitty and said it could move on.. never heard or felt it again..😢 but the validation was wonderful. It was very comforting…

    • June 24, 2017 at 8:28 AM

      HI I have the same thing it comes just about every night and when it missing one not . I think you better not come home with kitten’s, lol I do missing it when it doesn’t come, mine has come with me an hr away to my sister and on time I went about 4hr away to a model and it was there. Very nice like you said it’s very nice I’m alone so I don’t mine.linda

  • September 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I’ve never told anyone this but, at our old house…I woke up and could feel the step by step on my bed and then the curling up on or near my chest area and OMG it felt like a real cat…and I’m pretty sure I could see the impressions on my blanket with each step but, there was NOTHING there…This was while I was a teenager…We did lose a cat he was 6yrs when he died. I was so, scared I didn’t move I thought it was my mind playing tricks on me! Also, another time I woke up to the door knob to my room jiggling and I saw it turning but, door not opening…I was so…scared I got up and there was NOTHING there!!!!!! I lived in what used to be the attic. The house was old built in the 1920s…I think our upstairs was haunted I never seen anything there! But, then the current place I live in we’ve lived here 5 1/2 yrs…When we first moved in I kept seeing a white cat but, always outta corner of my eye never directly…I never said anything because didn’t wanna sound crazy but, seen it multiple times…Then one day my husband tells me he could of sworn he saw a white cat! And OMG I knew I wasn’t going crazy! I told him about it. And after a couple months we never saw the white cat again no idea what it means? If he does exist maybe he was checking us out because we were the “new” guys?

  • September 14, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    I’m so pleased I’m not the only one. I’ve always believed that sometimes, we get “stuck” or are compelled to stick around for one reason or another – and I felt the same with animals. Although I never experienced it first hand (with an animal) until we moved in to this house, which is a very old one on a farm, seven years ago. We had six cats at the time, and one we inherited when we moved here as the previous owners left the poor thing to fend for herself outside the 6 months it was empty. And possibly another one. The reason I say possibly, is because even with all the cats running around the house, I would feel one which wasn’t “there” rub around my ankles and between my feet in the kitchen. And with no live cat in sight of the room. It didn’t frighten me, I just found it interesting.

    I felt it numerous times the first year we lived here, but it became a sporadic occurrence until it finally stopped. Way it lonely and just happy to have company again? Or did it move on to that great field full of mice in the sky?
    Well, something interesting happened last night (which is how I found this post today!).

    Just this past week my husband and I were discussing how the house has seemed to “settle down” the longer we’ve lived here (whole other story!), and I brought up the fact I hadn’t felt the resident ghost kitty in years. Last night that changed. I was stretched out in the bed with the lights out watching tv as I always do to help myself get sleepy. I saw something out of the corner of my eye on the right side of the bed, turned my head, and about that time a cat leaped onto the bed – took two steps and vanished. I could see it’s length and profile clearly – and when I mean clearly, I don’t mean it was solid. I could see through it, but make out the head, tail, face everything. Like a typical “ghost” if you will. As with the leg rubbing, I was not scared in the slightest. Just shocked. I went downstairs in a rather dumbfounded state to tell the hubs, and for some reason I started sobbing over it. See, we have lost all but one of our original kitties when we moved here – including the darling which came with the house we named Fuzz – and she became ours and we loved her dearly. So, six out of the seven have left our world.

    So was it one of ours? Did I know this subconsciously – thus the reason I started sobbing the way I did? Was it the ghost cat letting me know it’s still around? I don’t know. But I am not afraid, and it actually comforts me in some strange way. Even if I feel a bit sad over it.

    Sorry for the novel, but I just wanted to share this, and to thank you call for confirming I’m not insane. 😀

    • September 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      Gah: “and to thank you all” not call. Sorry for the typo. I didn’t see an edit button.

  • June 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    I saw a ghost cat in my house. I have never had a cat so I was totally shocked. A few years ago on a Saturday night by husband was walking out beautiful staffie. It was dark and I was in the kitchen with the light on putting shopping away. I went to open the back door {the glass on the door acts as a mirror in the dark with a light on} and in the reflection I could see a black animal moving all around my legs the way a cat does. . Couldn’t feel anything. just saw it. I thought wow. turned round to make sure my husband hadn’t come back in the our dog, and he hadn’t. I opened the back door {we have an enclosed area at the back of the house with a toilet, and two storage rooms}. Nothing in there. Three and a half weeks ago we lost the out gorgeous staffie. I love this dog with all my heart. I hoped after the happening with the cat that I would have some sign from him but nothing yet but like I said I never felt the cat I just saw it moving around my legs in the reflection from the door.

    • June 17, 2016 at 11:49 PM

      I have seen a ghost cat in my house too Susan, but I’ve never seen it on my bed. I’ve only felt it walking toward me and landing after jumping up. I started falling asleep in a recliner, and when I opened my eyes I saw a dark cat coming toward the chair. It disappeared beneath the footrest. I don’t know if it’s the same one that I feel on the bed or not.

  • May 14, 2016 at 2:37 AM

    I have felt what I thought was a cat on my bed many times and it’s definitely not our cat as we put him in a restricted area in the house as he was waking me 5 times a night ! A few months ago I could even see where the cat had been lying ! I could feel the bed move as it pulled on the bed clothes and then walk up the bed ! Anyway on Thursday am at about 3 am I was woken with the bed moving as if a cat was hopping up but I could also hear a cat scratching at the front door as ours does when it’s raining !! I opened my eyes expecting to see our Tommy but I saw a very young cat ! It was white but looked like it was ginger by the markings ! My thought was Oh no a cat is coming in through the cat flap ! Even tho the doors were closed ! Our window was ajar as it was hot and humid and I thought it was Tommy ! Anyway I sad ” hello who are you ” and went to stroke him and he was gone !! My heart started beating so fast as I realised that it was a ghost cat that I’d seen !! It took me ages to get back to sleep but later I felt my pillow sink down as if a cat was there and again thought it was Tommy but nothing there ! Then about 15 mins before the alarm went off I felt and heard what i thought was Tommy clawing at the duvet and walking up the bed and cuddeling into my back ! When the alarm went off my husband went to the kitchen to make the tea and I put out my hand to stroke Tommy but he was not there ! I asked my husband where Tommy was and he said asleep in the lounge where he always is and all the doors were closed !!! So it was a cat ghost I feel ! Last night I felt it hop up again !! I’ve named it “ginger biscuits” !!!

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Christine. I can imagine your surprise and fear when the cat that you were going to pet disappeared! I’ve been feeling a kitty on my bed again. I’m not as afraid as I was at first. I’ve learned to accept it. So far it’s well-behaved. It was on my bed last night with my kitty Panda Bear. I looked to see if he noticed, but he didn’t react. He was watching the floor. I suspect that he knows it’s around. 🙂

      • October 29, 2016 at 11:10 AM

        I have been having paranormal experiences recently the I woke up in the middle of the night with something walking up my bed and then one night I felt it teasing and purring.I were told I had a ghost calico.I have a cat who is living she won’t come in our home now only for food I want to know how to get rid of the ghost cat because I want my living one back home with me.I gave tried saging it does not work please help

        • November 7, 2016 at 3:31 PM

          Hi, Kathryn. I don’t know how to get rid of something like that, but maybe someone else does. Best of luck with the problem.

        • August 1, 2017 at 7:49 PM

          Hi, any luck? I’m wondering the same as our ghost kitty likes to inhabit my kittens’ bodies at various times which is not ok!

  • February 28, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    I have been experiencing this off and on for quite a few years now. And I know it is not me moving the bed or dreaming because I haven’t even went to sleep yet. Not some kind of sleep paralysis either because I will have just turned off the light and I am settling in to go to sleep and that is when the feeling of something small walking on my bed. I swear I can feel it walking up to where my feet are and then laying down. Lately it feels as if it wants to walk up to my back, it is kind of creepy/freaky. Glad to know others feel it to and it is not me going crazy or nothing scary happening

    • February 28, 2016 at 11:17 PM

      Hi, Karen. I felt it walk up next to me the other night. I ignored it, and the walking finally stopped. I didn’t feel anything else. It can be very scary to feel something and not see it. You’re definitely not crazy. It seems to be a growing phenomenon.

      • February 29, 2016 at 5:35 AM

        Last night I told them to stop moving so much and just lay down and it stopped! Can’t say I felt any thing like it was laying on my feet of anything, but it definitely stopped when I told it to lay down. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and letting us others know we are not crazy.

  • January 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    also experience this every night and have for a few years now. As soon as I lay down and put the covers on, here they come. It’s more than one. It used to scare the crap out of me but I’ve gotten so used to it that if they don’t come right away I call them and the jump on my bed. Their steps used to be heavier but I think they realized that it scared me so now they walk softer. I did hear them meow twice so I know for sure it’s cats. I used to have a pet cat but it passed away. Could be her spirit and she brought some friends with her. Very mysterious, for sure. So happy to find that I’m not the only one!

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      Hi, Mindy. Countless people are experiencing the same thing. Isn’t it strange? They scared me more at first too. I didn’t like the feeling of anything that I couldn’t see. Now I think they’re harmless. I’ve never thought about calling them. I’ll have to try that and see what happens. 🙂

      • April 3, 2017 at 8:39 PM

        I’ve been experiencing this as well for the past few months, just after I get into bed I can feel something walking on the bed down by my feet. Last night I was awoken 4 times with the sensation that the bed shaking as if the cat was vigorous scratching its ears or how a dog shakes when it comes out of the water. Nothing is there when I turn on the light

      • May 17, 2017 at 7:26 PM

        Wrong,you believe and it`s your ass,that`s just how it starts.
        Soft and gentle,then more aggressive,on the feet mainly,Why,I don`t know,my ass is getting eaten alive,feels like a jelly fish sting,then move all over,also any place you lay down,they are on you so quick,less than a second,why?
        just saying politely,hopefully, The word will get out ,not old dead pet returning,never had a cat and they weigh 80lbs.,they siddle right on my six,no clue why they dropped in,too much to say,talk the answer not the problem,Desperat Yours, Jake 05/17/17
        P.S. It`s happening live now
        Anybody out there,Ineed help fast as well as others do.
        Too tired for spell check.

        • May 18, 2017 at 7:25 AM

          That’s very scary, Jake. Thanks for the warning. It sounds like you might be dealing with a succubus. Maybe all of these apparent ‘ghost cats’ are really something more sinister. I went in and changed my article to pose that possibility. I hope that you can find someone to come in and get rid of it. I’d say do it yourself using sage, salt, etc., but if you don’t know what you’re doing it could become worse. I don’t know enough about it to advise you. Please look up help in your area or someone that will come to your home a.s.a.p. I haven’t acknowledged the ‘cat’ as I call it, and I haven’t felt it in a long time. My two cats seem to guard me at night. They face the door as if they’re waiting for something. It’s very strange. Best of luck to you, Jake. Stay strong, and keep searching for someone to help.

  • January 5, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Yes my old home place has a ghost cat and we seen it many times, but it was clear, just the dark spot under the tables and sometimes feeling it on our legs.

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    well, cat are silent type specially when they are walking, so it seems a ghost when they are in the dark

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    I don’t think your experiences are weird at all. I used to have a ghost cat-Susie, my first cat and first tortoiseshell cat. I’ve seen her at least two times, maybe a third time more recently. I don’t see her often if I have seen her recently because I think she knows I’m happy with Sunshine (a fellow tortie!) and Muffin (a tuxie) and she doesn’t need to hang around. While she’s walked our hallways she’s never hopped in bed with me, which I am eternally grateful for. I love having a nice fluffy cat at the foot of my, well, feet, but I would rather it be a living cat.

    • January 4, 2016 at 11:10 PM

      @Jessica – I prefer the living kind too, although the invisible ones are easier to care for. 😉 Just kidding. I was terrified at first, but I’ve since accepted it. I just silently tell myself to stay calm. I suppose that ghost cats need love too.

      When my American Eskimo dog had to be put down, I swear I would hear her barking at the front door. It sounded as if she was in an empty room that I couldn’t see. It’s hard to explain. I would come home, ring the bell, and wait for someone to unlock the door. Each day the barking sounded as if it was getting further away. It became quieter and quieter, and it finally disappeared in the distance. She was gone at that point, but to where? It’s a mystery.

      • January 5, 2016 at 7:22 AM

        I like the way you put this about ghost cats needing love too! I always think of ghost anythings as being sad if not evil but you know, maybe they’re not sad and they don’t want you to be sad either so that’s why they’re hanging around. I know that cat bloggers like to call their deceased pets “Angel *Insert name of pet*” so that whether they see the ghost of their pet or not, they are commemorating them. I hear it’s a great coping mechanism for them and it makes things less sad.

  • January 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    No, this is new to me 😀
    you must be really reading something scary of late, and I think it’s the effect of that 🙂

  • January 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    i dont know. i am not sure. but my cat likes to put his butt in my face, too. i think that he thinks that he is being sexy in bed, and he is trying to show me that he loves me. but i have seen my late beds in dreams.

  • January 4, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Reading this kind of scared me but I enjoyed reading it as there are also stray cats that intrudes our house every now and then.

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