Black Cats

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Black cats have always been seen as superstitious. This particular black cat started acting strangely around her owner and her son. Once they figured out why she was behaving like that, it all made sense.

Meet Max

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Decided it was a good idea for his mother to adopt a cat. He just graduated high school and was leaving for the Navy soon. He didn’t want his mother to be left alone while he was gone. So, he suggested that she adopt a cat.

New Idea

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Erin, Max’s mother, thought about his idea. She had never thought about adopting a pet before. The more she thought about it, the more she started to like the idea of having a pet in the house.

Visiting the Shelter

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Max and Erin took a trip to the Cleveland Animal Protective League in Cleveland, Ohio. The shelter had been there since 1913! It was here that they met Yuuki.

Yuuki

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Yuuki was a beautiful black cat with striking green eyes. Erin and Max noticed that she looked lonely and isolated. It was love at first sight for Erin. They started the adoption paperwork immediately.

Bonding

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While the reason for adopting Yuuki was to keep Erin company, Yuuki warmed up to Max the most. They would cuddle and play together often. “Max has always felt connections to any animal he was around,” Erin explained.

Leaving

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Unfortunately, Max had to leave Yuuki and his mother six months later. He was being shipped off out of state for the Navy. They never thought about how Max’s leaving would affect Yuuki.

The Picture

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Erin kept a picture of Max on her dresser. Yuuki would sit in front of the picture and just stare at Max after she realized he wasn’t coming home. Erin was shocked at the strange behavior.

Finding an Explanation

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Erin tried to find an explanation for the cat’s strange behavior. “She just sits there, stares and meows and then lays down next to the picture to nap,” she explained. It was shocking to think that the cat recognized Max just from his picture. So, she conducted an experiment.

The Experiment

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For Erin’s experiment, she moved the picture to different places to see if Yuuki followed it. To her surprise, the cat would follow the picture around. “I know for sure she misses him,” she said.

Reunited

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After a few months of Max in boot camp, Erin decided to visit him and bring Yuuki along. Max was so happy to see the cat as he missed her too.

Max’s Worries

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“My son writes that she won’t remember him. It gives me comfort knowing she does. And it’s nice to have proof to show him,” Erin said. She couldn’t wait to tell Max about the picture at home.

Cat Pack

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Like most cats, Yuuki loves to watch out the window in the apartment. So, Erin bought a cat pack where Yuuki can go on safe adventures and see what is going on around her. “Yesterday was her first walk to the market and today she went on her first bike ride,” Erin said.

Friday the 13th

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Since Friday the 13th is considered a spooky and unlucky day, Erin spent it with her black cat. “Honoring Friday the 13th with this spooky gal. Black cats are creepy with their golden eyes looking all suspicious,” Erin wrote on Facebook.

Bonding Together

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Once Max is finished boot camp, he has another six years to spend in the Navy. It’s a good thing Erin and Yuuki have had time to bond with each other since his absence. It’ll just be the two of them for quite a while.