Ghost cats have long been a staple among reported animal hauntings.

Dogs are known to react nervously, barking and whining in places where paranormal activity has been reported

As a pet owner I have often seen my cats reacting to something or someone that apparently only they could see. In the past I would chalk this up to the common belief that cats are weird to begin with . I know that pets can react to reflected light, dust particles or any perceived movement from shadows or insects. Well, now it appears that a scientific study has revealed that animals may actually be seeing things in a spectrum of light that is invisible to our eyes.

The eyes of mammals such as cats and dogs were thought to have lenses similar to the lenses of human beings. But the recent study has discovered that animals can see in ultraviolet light. Humans have a natural protection in the lenses of their eyes that blocks the ultraviolet light from reaching the retina.

In the study scientists examined the lenses of dead animals which included dogs, cats, monkeys, pandas, hedgehogs and ferrets. The objective of this study was to determine much light reaches the retina of these mammals. After the study the conclusion was reached that some mammals that were previously thought not to be able to see ultraviolet light actually can.

Ron Douglas, the study leader and a biologist at the City University London, England stated, “Nobody ever thought animals were able to see in ultraviolet. but in fact, they do.”

Being able to see in a fuller spectrum of light from red to ultraviolet implies that animals are seeing aspects of the world that we cannot.

What practical advantage would being able to see in the ultraviolet light spectrum serve for these animals? It allows, among other things, for prey animals to see and follow urine trails that would aid them in finding food in the wild. For reindeer it enables them to see polar bears which blend into their snowy environment in regular light.

It has long been thought that animals have the ability to sense or react to spirit activity. With this study’s insight into the anatomy of mammalian eyes we may now have credible evidence that animals can and do see spirits. I have used full spectrum cameras that records in the full spectrum that includes visible light along with the infrared and ultraviolet light spectrum.
~ Steve VPI

Some Examples of Hauntings Involving Animals:

A paranormal investigation team was reportedly contacted to investigate the home of a man who reported he had recently begun hearing the sounds of growling, smelling whiffs of strange odors and seeing doors open by themselves. At bedtime the homeowner said he felt something wet and damp touching his hand. The man found the suddenness in which the unexplainable events started frightening, and he believed they had a negative origin.

The investigators conducted a walk-through of the house and found nothing that could physically explain any of the unusual activity. They interviewed the man and learned that his beloved pet dog had recently died. They asked him about the dog, and he revealed that they had always slept together and that his dog would nudge his owner’s hard for a pet before going to sleep..

After confirming the unusual activity had started after the pet’s death the conclusion was reached that the mysterious entity causing the activity was the man’s deceased pet dog who had chosen to remain in a familiar place with a loving owner who had treated him so well.

In another case a man reported he was sleeping when he was awakened by the sound of his pet dog walking his apartment. The man even heard the click of the dog’s nails on the wood floor. The dog kept moving around the place, and the man couldn’t get back to sleep so he yelled to the dog from his bed, “Settle down already!” The sounds stopped, but then the man suddenly realized his dog had died a year ago. The man lived alone but he got up to check there was no one in the apartment. The man stated this was the first time he ever experienced anything like this.

The Knickerbocker House in Linesville, Pennsylvania is owned by Myrle and Peg Knickerbocker. They rent it out for various functions which may include a paranormal investigation of the Knickerbocker House itself.
It started as the Arnold House in 1882, a local tavern where townspeople would gather to enjoy a drink and each others’ company on a Saturday night. With a history that stretches of over 130 years The Knickerbocker House is filled with memories and invisible residents. One of these invisible residents was thought to be a cat because many people over the years claimed to hear meowing in the building though no one was ever found a cat. That was to change as you will see.

During one investigation The Knickerbocker House was wired for video through the U-Stream CCTV system which allowed people around the world to watch the investigation live. One viewer spotted a cat in a second floor room and wisely took a screen shot. This confirmed there is a ghost cat in the building as many long suspected. This screen shot is displayed in The Knickerbocker House along with a photograph of an orange cat that once lived in the building. It is not sure who owned the ghost cat, but Myrle and Peg say the ghost kitty is welcome to stay as long as it wants.

The Lemp Mansion in Saint Louis, Missouri is well known for its paranormal activity which many attribute to four suicides which took place in the home.
Johann Adam Lemp moved to the United States in 1836. By 1838 he operated a grocery store in Saint Louis in which he sold his homemade beer. The beer became so popular with the many German immigrants in the area that Lemp decided to open a brewery. It was a decision that made him a very wealthy man. In 1868 his son, William Lemp, Sr. built the Lemp Mansion. After the death of William’s son, Frederick, at age 28 in 1901 and the death of his best friend, Frederick Pabst, on January 1, 1904 William, Sr. shot himself to death with a gun six weeks later. William Lemp, Jr. followed his father’s example and shot himself to death in December 1922 after financial setbacks due to Prohibition. Elsie L. Wright, William Sr.’s daughter, also shot herself to death in March 1920 shortly after reconciling with her husband after marital difficulties.

Finally, Charles Lemp, son of Willam, Sr. shot himself and his dog, Cerva, to death on May 10, 1949. Charles worked in banking and real estate and was not involved with the family brewery. It is said he became odd and reclusive as he grew older. Charles believed his dog would be traumatized by his death. Now Cerva is often sensed and felt in the room where he and Charles died. Overnight visitors to the mansion report they are nudged awake by the wet nose of a dog. Also, Charles and Cerva are spotted together in the mansion where they lived until their deaths.
~Mary Jo VPI