I am not particularly superstitious, nor do I strongly believe in ghosts. Instead, I consider myself as a rather spiritual person. I say this because shortly after our blue ticked tabby Oriental Shorthair kitten, Master Aki joined our household all kinds of miraculous things started to happen in the Singer household.
As some of you may recall, last July our beloved Oriental Shorthair kitty, Dr. Hush Puppy passed away. For over two months, his brother, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, our 15 year old Oriental Shorthair was grieving so deeply that his health became of great concern to us.
No longer interested in playing or eating with gusto, Sir Hubble Pinkerton moped around the house, hanging out in any area in which he could catch a whiff of his brother’s lingering scent. He cried, he yowled and he constantly paced back and forth searching for his lost companion. While my husband Marty and I missed Dr. Hush Puppy dreadfully, no matter what we did, we were unable to console Sir Hubble.
Thinking that Sir Hubble might be missing a feline friend, we adopted a five month old black and white kitten whom we named Edgar Allen Poe. After two weeks of being confined to our bedroom, we started slowly introducing them, praying that they would eventually bond. However, Edgar Allen Poe was a very curious kitten who just wanted to play with Sir Hubble. However, his invitations to play were far too energetic for Sir Hubble who was not at all amused by this. He wanted nothing to do with this feisty ball of black fur.
We felt very sorry for Edgar Allen Poe. Sir Hubble kept rebuking his overtures, and even though we made sure to frequently play with the kitten, he wanted a playmate. In desperation, I turned to a dear friend- a feline veterinarian- for advice about how to handle this situation. She recommended that we needed to get second kitten to keep Edgar Allen company, which might help prevent him from upsetting Sir Hubble.
We were blessed when Master Aki, a blue ticked tabby Oriental shorthair 5 month-old kitten found us. After the quarantine period was over we started slow introductions. Edgar Allen Poe was over-the-moon thrilled with his new brother. They played together for hours on end; chasing each other around the house and of course getting into all kinds of mischief. For several weeks they blissfully left Sir Hubble in peace.
But suddenly one day, a truly unexpected miracle happened. Sir Hubble started getting fascinated with Aki. He followed him around and began sniffing him. Aki was extremely gentle with him which really worked. It seemed that Aki could actually feel into the depth of Sir Hubble’s grief.
Then one evening, Sir Hubble started chewing on Aki’s ears, (which he constantly did with Dr. Hush Puppy). His facial expression was pure ecstasy. The two could often be found snuggled up in a kitty ball, tightly wrapped around each other. Although Aki continued his rough and tumble play with Poe, during quiet moments, Aki and Sir Hubble are now inseparable.
But what has recently been freaking us out is that Aki is developing all kinds of similar “Hush Puppy” behaviors. He is now staring into mirrors and voguing at his reflection. Hush Puppy spent considerable time doing this. Aki enjoys getting his ears chewed; so did Hush Puppy. And just like Hush Puppy, when Aki wants to cuddle he immediately searches for Sir Hubble. Slowly he is demonstrating all kinds of similar Hush Puppy behaviors.
These activities are convincing me that Dr. Hush Puppy sent Aki to us to help assuage Sir Hubble Pinkerton’s grief and sorrow and bring him joy again. In fact, I strongly believe that Aki’s gentle love, his compassion and empathy has actually saved Sir Hubble’s life, and we are forever grateful that he found us.
While some of these behaviors may be typically feline, I think there is a great mystery afloat. What do you think? Share your thoughts in a comment.