I have a very deep connection with my pets as well. As a child I remember a family friend's cat was downright nasty. Stand-offish and a scratcher/biter. Everyone was afraid of her. Snowball. Its funny the things your remember. Anyhow, she would come up and sit in my lap every time. Everyone was astonished. I was too afraid of her to push her off. And so it began...my empathic relationship with animals.
Sometimes when I am going through these posts (I'm new) I wonder if I missed somewhere in the terms of service/rules and regulations here that you have to be a cat lover. There are so many "cat people" names and avatars that I get confused at times. Pot calling the kettle black though, since my "name" here is really my cat Nyla's.
I actually feel symbiotic with my pets (they've all been dogs). They heal me and vice versa. I've had encounters with pets (and other people's pets) who have passed. They have souls that are unlike ours - they're older, more pure, and beyond that I don't know much. They're sent to us and we're sent to them. I just adopted two puppies from the shelter. They picked me (jumped up against the cage eagerly, unlike all the other dogs there), so I took them home, and couldn't be happier. Well, it'll be nice when they're housetrained.