In my world,all beings that live,have a soul .Souls can be reincarnated into things other than humans . If they chose to remain this way to say hi to a loved one ,it is that souls prerogative.
I have cats that come back to me repeatedly ,reincarnated . I believe some animals are guardian spirits . We think we rescue them,and it is truely the opposite .
totally agree.. my cats are lifesavers.. they are so much more advanced than us.. I've had my two old burmese cats (one was 19 when he died and his brother(17) committed suicide the week after out of major depression, as he couldn't go on without him, have appeared many times for me.. i know when they are around cause my ex and i start reminiscing about them in conversation, and sure enough they have come in on an energy level..
24 must be the oldest cat age I've ever heard of.. lucky you..