Have you ever heard of teleporting cats?
I know what you’re thinking: That’s one of the most bizarre headlines you’ve ever read here at Stranger Dimensions. Well, you’re probably right, but stick with me for a moment.
Wikipedia defines an interdimensional being as “a type of theoretical or fictional entity existing in a dimension beyond our own.”
As a fictional example, they highlight the mice from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which are described as “merely the protrusion into our dimension of vast hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings.”
Sound extraordinary? Completely fictional? Well, you zarkin frood, some believe cats right here in the real world also share that description.
A History of Glitches
You may be surprised to learn that the idea cats are connected to, or can enter, other dimensions is not a new one. Even all the way back in 2004, users at the conspiracy forum Above Top Secret were debating whether or not cats could slip into alternate dimensions or wink out of existence.
In 2015, the question was raised again, this time at the Glitch in the Matrix subreddit. Could cats “hop dimensions?” They always seem to wind up places they shouldn’t, or disappear “for days on end.” Are they, to use the local nomenclature, “glitchy?”
In fact, cats have long been associated with the paranormal and otherworldly. Consider their connection to witchcraft, or the superstitions involving black cats. The ancient Egyptians believed cats were sacred, and even worshiped them.
Do cats hold secrets we don’t yet understand?
Jumping off that question, I decided to dive deeper into Glitch in the Matrix to see what other cat phenomena had been reported – and believe me, there’s been a lot of strange activity involving cats.
For example, in 2012, a throwaway account shared this bizarre experience, in which their cat somehow “teleported” across town:
“So not that long ago I was laying on my bed with my cat. I suddenly got hungry, so I went to the kitchen and got some chips. I went back to my room, and the cat was gone.
Not even five seconds later, my friend calls me from ACROSS TOWN and says that my cat is on his porch. I look at the clock and it had been about three minutes. I have no idea how any of this happened, or how it is even remotely possible.” – Cat Glitch, June 23, 2012
Another report involved a cat “appearing” before it physically arrived, something akin to deja vu. According to Reddit user thinkforaminute’s account, the experience was very surreal, indeed:
“Last night as I was going to bed I saw my cat run into the room out of the corner of my eye so I looked down. She wasn’t there. Two seconds later she ran into the room and stopped exactly as I pictured her.”
In that same thread, one person mentioned his cat strolling around under his desk at work. The problem? The cat wasn’t at work with him; she was at home 12 miles away.
Still another report tells of a cat teleporting around the house. Reddit user lightboothfun could only describe the experience as unsettling and “something strange.” Her black cat had been following her throughout the house as usual, attacking her feet. Eventually, she got annoyed. “After a few minutes of this,” she wrote, “I stopped and look[ed] at him sternly. He got scared and skittered off behind me, hiding in the room on the other side of the house.” She watched the cat run away.
And yet, after walking to the front door and opening it, lightboothfun spotted “something black between the door and the wall.” It was her cat, sitting there chilling out after a quick teleportation. That wasn’t all – the cat looked “terrified” and bewildered, with his fur standing on end.
“There is no way he could have gone past me without noticing,” she wrote. Did her cat accidentally slip through time and space?
Traveling the Beyond
Even dead cats have returned from beyond the grave, missing time included, if the following report is to be believed.
Reddit user KayleighAnn awoke early one morning to find her cat, Gandalf, unresponsive at the foot of the bed. He hadn’t moved since earlier that night, and was completely silent. Worried, she picked Gandalf up, only to find him stiff and cold and not breathing. “His tongue was out slightly,” she wrote, “and I started crying.”
She hurriedly woke up her boyfriend, but then the strangest thing of all happened – Gandalf seemingly popped back to life, and began playfully attacking her boyfriend’s feet. As if that wasn’t enough, something very peculiar had happened to time.
“From waking up, to discovering my dead cat, to waking my boyfriend up couldn’t have taken more than two minutes,” she wrote. But the entire situation had actually lasted over an hour.
“TL;DR: Woke up, cat was dead. Freaked out and woke up boyfriend, cat was not dead and attacked our feet. Missing an hour and a half.” – My cat was dead, and now he’s not, September 20, 2014
That one certainly puts a new spin on the idea of Schrodinger’s Cat.
In another case, a Redditor thought he felt his cat rub up against his leg and even give out a distinct “whine.” But when he looked down, no cat was there.
When he got up to look for her, he found the cat asleep on a couch on the other side of the house. Some commenters suggested the cat had somehow astrally projected herself while sleeping.
Finally, we have this case of a Cat Doppelganger. Redditor Imriel88 returned home late one night to find his cat, Pabu, sitting at the end of his driveway. When he approached him, Pabu darted away. And yet, when he walked inside the house, there was his cat, sleeping on his desk chair.
“I swear on my life that the cat I saw outside, the one I got within arms reach of with the exact same size, fur markings and face, was my Pabu. I live semi-rural as well and have never seen another black cat in my area ever, [let] alone one that is an exact replica of Pabu and his weird sad face.” – Seeing a double of my cat, June 20, 2014
How can we explain these strange occurrences?
Can cats actually warp space-time, as interdimensional beings, and bend reality to their wills? Do they exist in extra dimensions?
Watch Out for Teleporting Cats
Perhaps, perhaps not.
Some have instead suggested that, while cats can’t actually travel into these other worlds or dimensions, they can see them. That’s why you’ll sometimes find your cat staring off into space, or watching things you, as a human, cannot see.
Then again, as we’ve already covered, that could also be a sign of a ghost or other supernatural entity.
Are cats interdimensional beings? Can they flatten themselves to fit through small spaces, or teleport at will? Or are they just ordinary, albeit weird, pets?
We may never fully know the truth.