Three years ago, a man named Nathan Sonoras adopted a black cat, Loki and the two quickly became best friends. Loki the cat started out life as a stray but one day he came into the man’s life as he was roaming the street.
Nathan told, “He’s the sweetest little thing. He likes to jump on my lap and cuddle with me and he is very lovable.”
Although Loki has a loving home, he still enjoys taking himself on walks through the neighborhood and surrounding areas — and Sonoras had been happy to give the cat that outdoor freedom, since he always knew to return.
Sadly, Loki had come to a tragic end and Nathan thought that he would never see his companion again.
About 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, Nathan returned home after work and spotted something black near his house. He stopped and approached the lifeless in the road, it was a black cat lying motionless. He realized it to be Loki with his markings and he had apparently been [ʜɪᴛ] by a car, which made his heart sink.
“I saw this black thing in the road up ahead as I was driving. I thought it was a sweatshirt or something at first. But I got closer and saw it was a black cat,” he said. “My greatest fear of having an outdoor cat had been suddenly realized.”
Sonoras stopped and approached the lifeless cat, in tears. After calling his girlfriend to come to the spot, he examined the cat’s body and found markings that confirmed to him it was dear Loki. They then held a little [ғᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ] to remember Loki.
“I was incredibly emotional. I was crying, saying, ‘My cat’s [ᴅᴇᴀᴅ] — I can’t believe this,’” Sonoras said. “It was pretty traumatizing.”
But little did he know what was about to happen next and those final goodbyes were premature. On the next morning, Loki appeared to be returning home after a casual stroll. He was stunned when it greeted him hours later. Loki was actually still alive and well.
“I jumped back. I was so in shock about the whole thing. I told my dad, ‘What’s going on? I just buried that cat last night,’” Sonoras said. “My dad was shocked as well. Loki is alive somehow.”
“I just held him and bawled my eyes out like a baby,” Sonoras said. “Did I wake up in a parallel universe where Loki hadn’t [ᴅᴇᴀᴅ]? Or did I wish him back to life?”
Mixed with the disbelief, of course, was sheer joy and relief. Loki is back at home with Sonoras, who is rethinking whether he should give his cat so much freedom outdoors (having experienced the heartbreak that can result). But though it seems he didn’t know the cat for whom he held that little [ғᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ], it’s still meaningful to him all the same.