A Message of Hope from a Cat Named Seth

Timely feline advice on the stress of apartment hunting in New York City.

Posted in , May 17, 2016

How cat gave advice about apartment hunting in New York City.

Every so often I get a message on the Mysterious Ways Facebook page from a gray tabby cat. No, really!

You see, Dana Apple, a frequent Mysterious Ways contributor, has a cat named Seth. He happens to be a big Mysterious Ways fan.

Dana sends me photos of Seth along with messages from him in distinct “cat English.” It always makes me smile.

Seth has quite the personality. He’s a stray who showed up at Dana’s house about two and a half years ago. According to Dana, Seth doesn’t get along with her other cats, except for one–Layla, who mistook Seth for her mother when they first met.  

About a week ago, I was at my desk at work, really stressed. My sisters and I are currently on the hunt for a new apartment, and it’s been a nightmare times ten. May is one of the worst times to look for an apartment in New York City–not enough apartments, too many people looking. Our lease ends in two weeks, and we still have no place to call home. Needless to say, we’re all on edge. So much so that the three of us have been arguing like cats and dogs!

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I was feeling pretty blue about all of it, especially the fighting. And then a message popped up on the Mysterious Ways Facebook page. From Seth. It was a photo of him and Layla with this message:

“I do not know why, but I need to tell you - sometime sisters are kind of a little pain, but you just have to take it becase they love you. Hav a grate weekend. Seth” [sic]

I couldn’t believe it! How on earth had “Seth” known? I emailed Dana and asked her that very question. She said she’d recently posted the photo to her Facebook page and simply decided to send it to me. “I thought you’d like it,” she wrote in her email, “but as [Seth] said, ‘I don’t know why, but…’ Trust and follow the urge. So very glad it was timely!”

Talk about “mysterious ways”! I texted Seth’s photo and message to my sisters right away.

Are we sometimes a pain to one another? Yes. But we love each other, and we’ll get through the horrors of apartment hunting. That’s the message I received loud and clear from a cat named Seth!

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