Dra, sounds like you may have suffered PTSD from the traumas in your youth. Sorry that happened to you. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you are doing well now. On the cat question, yes I believe our animals see things we do not. I was told by a psysic to get my daughter a cat when she was small due to her having ghost encounters. The cat seemed to keep them away from her or at least gave her a warning. If nothing else she could sleep at night because she felt safe.