Psychic ‘funeral cat’ consoles bereaved families with his sixth sense

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A cute “funeral cat” spends his days consoling bereaved families as they say goodbye to loved ones.

Paddy, eight, has attended more than 100 funerals and cremations after developing a “sixth sense” about when to turn up.

But owners Christina Jones and Stuart Hague only found out about his double life three years ago when they feared he’d run off.

Stuart said: “We thought he’d gone missing when he didn’t come home for a few days, but when we put up flyers we got a call from the funeral home and found out what he’d been getting up to.

“It’s lovely to know that he’s doing that while we’re at work. He has such a lovely temperament, so it’s nice to know that people who are really in need of a bit of compassion benefit from Paddy’s kind nature.”

Paddy the cat with Jan McKinnon, 64, at the funeral care home in Eastham, Wirral.

Paddy has now been given the title of Chief Moggy Mourner by staff at Co-operative Funeral Care in Eastham, Wirral.

Funeral arranger Carol Paton said: “Paddy is such a special cat. He genuinely seems to have a sixth sense for when a funeral is about to take place and will turn up just before to pay his respects.

“If the family then ask for him to stay, we allow him to attend. Every funeral we do is unique, but Paddy really does provide that extra special touch, helping provide comfort, affection and even entertainment for families at one of the most difficult times in their lives.

“His timing is impeccable. At one funeral service he made an appearance outside the window just as the eulogy got to the part about the individual’s love of cats. And once, when arranging a funeral with a client for her partner, it turned out the client had always wanted a ginger cat but her partner had never agreed. Then in strolled Paddy, lightening the mood.”

Paddy the cat at the funeral care home in Eastham, Wirral

Veterinary nurse Jan McKinnon, 64, of Upton, Wirral, met Paddy when her only daughter Mel died of breast cancer in May, aged 36.

Now the ginger tomcat has become part of the family.

Jan said: “I met Paddy when I went into the funeral home to organise the day and the staff told me about him. Mel was a cat-lover so I was hoping on the day that Paddy would turn up.

“When he arrived I was so happy. He even sat in an empty chair to listen to the service. It was like it became even more of a special occasion because he was there.

“It wasn’t morbid like a funeral normally is. It was just lovely, full of laughter, and Paddy made it even more wonderful.

“Now when we go to visit Mel’s grave, we always say we’re off to see Mel and Paddy. He’s sort of become like a part of the family.”



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