Of course you are connected! You are an animal Empath and you are hearing his thoughts for sure. He is one of your guides and the first feeling I get is he just wants you to know how much you are loved.
Jessi, "normal" or not I have to have at least one cat. I have had a connection with them all of my life. My Mom was the same way. I now have 5 cats, 2 horses and 5 cows. I love them all...but cats are definitely the closest to my heart.