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Some cats won’t let a little thing like death separate them from their humans. ~ Dusty Rainbolt author of Ghost Cats

Ghost Cats was the winner of the Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion for the year’s best book on a miscellaneous topic


Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits Revised Edition is now available.

Many cat lovers believe these amazing creatures possess mystical powers that reach beyond what we can see and touch. But can cats extend a paw from beyond the grave?

Award-winning GHOST CATS is an original collection of heartwarming, and sometimes heart-stopping, accounts of cats who connected with their loved ones for a final time—ghost encounters of the feline kind. From the chilling “Demon Cat of the Nation’s Capitol” to the comical “Phantom Litter Box” to the reassuring “Grungy’s Greeting”, there are feline phantasms for everyone.

And if you believe you have heard, seen or felt your very own departed kitty, author Dusty Rainbolt, one of the country’s leading authorities on animal apparitions, offers reasons why your best forever friend breeched that tenuous veil to reach you again.


People who have spent a lifetime observing and interacting with cats will say that these amazing animals seem to possess powers – supernatural, psychic, or otherwise – that we can only begin to comprehend. But are they able to return from the grave as well?

In Ghost Cats, the strangely heartwarming tales of cats who have refused to let death part them from their human companions are recounted in vivid and captivating detail. From the chilling “Demon Cat of the Nation’s Capitol” to the delightful “Phantom Litter Box” to the touching “Poor Puss” of Stonehenge, there’s a plethora of phantasms here for everyone. And what if you receive bedtime visitations from your very own dearly departed kitty? Author Dusty friend explains all the signs of a haunting and offers reasons why your friend has come back.

A thrilling read for the cat and ghost lovers among us, and a consolation for those who have lost a beloved pet, this collection of stories confirms that these wonderful, whiskered creatures capture our imagination as much as they do our hearts, long after they have purred their last.


Do you still feel your cat’s presence? Have you heard him meow or the jingle of his collar bell? You are not alone. Many bereaved cat owners and some bewildered non-owners have experienced the patter of paws or felt the presence of paranormal pets.

People coping with the loss of a pet (or human), know the grief can feel overwhelming. The 70 plus encounters shared in this book have encouraged the inconsolable and given hope to the hopeless. We will see our beloved cats again.


“Decades of tending rescue and foster cats and kittens make Dusty Rainbolt the cat companion’s go-to expert on feline health, happiness, and behavior. And that includes stunning examples of cats’ extra-sensory sensitivity we all glimpse and often too easily dismiss. Ghost Cats will make you wonder if any of our cats are ever really ‘lost’ to us.” ~ Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie Feline PI Mysteries


A former card-carrying skeptic, Dusty started investigating paranormal phenomena after her recently passed foster kitten named Maynard returned for a brief one-time afterlife experience. Dusty Rainbolt is an award-winning cat writer who has worked as a professional freelance journalist since the late 1980s.

Dusty is the author of the just-released book that helps rectify feline inappropriate elimination, Cat Scene Investigator: Solve Your Cat’s Litter Box Mystery (Stupid Gravity Press), as well as Kittens for Dummies and Cat Wrangling Made Easy: Maintaining Peace & Sanity in Your Multicat Home. She also penned the award-winning paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon (Yard Dog Press). Her scifi fans know Dusty for her comedy novel All the Marbles and as well as the outrageous The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse fantasy series she coauthored with Linda L. Donahue, Rhonda Eudaly and Julia S. Mandala. She’s past president of the Cat Writers’ Association, and three-time recipient of the Friskies Writer of the Year. She is editor-in-chief of, past product editor for the Tuft’s University publication, Catnip and Whole Cat Journal. Over her career, over 1500 of her columns and articles have appeared in magazines, books, newsletters and websites.

Dusty’s a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She and her husband share their unhaunted home with their living, breathing cats and a Pug-mix. Involved in kitten rescue for over three decades, she has successfully raised over 800 orphan kittens. Unfortunately not all of the bottle babies made it. One in particular changed her life.

Check out her website at She’d love to hear your cat, dog, and horse ghost stories.


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