Psychic cat granted permission to live at rest home with her owner

Nancy Cowen and Cleo
Nancy Cowen and Cleo. Photo by Grant
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This is the story of a psychic cat in England who made her way to a place she’d never been to or seen before, just to be with her former owner.

Understandably, the story has gone viral on every site the story has posted, scoring over 4 million Facebook likes on Now this beautiful cat has been granted permission to live at the rest home with her former-um…current owner.

Cleo the cat’s story began a several weeks ago when her owner, Nancy Cowen, became a resident of Brantley House Residential Home in Westcott. Cleo had been with Nancy for eight years. She had picked her up as a stray in Richmond before moving to Westcott. It was hard for Nancy to part with her beloved companion when moving into the care home, even though Cleo had been left in the care of a trusted neighbor. This is a common problem for elderly people with cats who move into residential care homes. They have to say goodbye to their cat but….not in this instance.

About two weeks after Nancy moved into the residential care home, employees reported seeing a strange cat hanging around and sleeping on the benches outside the home. The staff thought Cleo was a moggie just begging for food but it turned out that this kitty was determined to reunite with her beloved human guardian. Bramley House employee Laura Costello told Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser:

“About two weeks after Nancy moved in, this cat just started turning up and sleeping on the benches outside the home. It was very strange.”

No one knew where this strange new cat had come from, but it didn’t take long for Nancy and Cleo to be reunited. Nancy remembers that ‘aha moment’ when she realized she was looking at her faithful companion, now held by one of the caregivers at the residential home.

“That cat looks like my cat. But my cat lost part of her tail in a traffic accident.”

After checking the friendly kitty and duly noting that part of her tail was missing and confirming Cleo’s identity with Nancy’s sister, they knew they had a miracle kitty. Or should we describe Cleo as psychic? This isn’t a cat who found her way back home after being lost miles from where she lived. Cleo had never been to the rest home, yet found her former – or should we say owner – within days.

Apparently love has no bounds, no distance. There has to be a force that reunited Nancy and Cleo.

Brantley House has made arrangements for Cleo and Nancy to remain together. The staff has agreed to help care for the cat, and to find Cleo another home in the future, if necessary.

Right now everyone is just trying to figure out how Cleo found her way back to Nancy. What do you think happened? Please leave a comment.

14 thoughts on “Psychic cat granted permission to live at rest home with her owner”

  1. If there was ever a face that spoke the words ‘thank God I am home at last, this is where I am meant to be forever with this woman’ then it is this cats beautiful face.

    • She just knew she had to find her Human. Its like a deep Bond and Trust. Something you don’t see much in Older Cats. Its so lovely she got to stay there. That was really nice of them.

  2. This is beautiful and after reading some horrific articles lately it has warmed my heart. I just think that cat has been here before and knows things we aren’t even aware of he has this ‘other worldly’ look about him just look at that face and those eyes I’m so glad we have a happy ending ……


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