— C.D., North Beach, Md.
Dear C.D.: I am sure that many readers will appreciate your extraordinary account of a beloved, deceased cat manifesting as an omen, yet giving some sense of an afterlife to your hospitalized husband.
Hospital psychosis is a not-uncommon hallucinatory malady, especially in elderly patients. But it seems as though your husband was in no way psychotically disoriented.
Some readers may complain that this is not the domain of “Animal Doctor” issues and that I should focus solely on animal health and behavioral topics. But spiritual and metaphysical realms are part of the human/nonhuman bond, and it is love, empathy and compassion (as between Rita and your husband) that cement the cornerstone of animal and human health and well-being.
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