I have a question!
So, my cat (who I have known since he was a kitten, and he's roughly two and a half years old now) is very loyal to me. He always wants to be in my room, and other members of my family have stated that he is always waiting outside of my room when I'm not home to let him in. As soon as I get home, he comes to greet me. I know, pretty normal, right?
There's a bit more than that, though. For one, he's very "aware". When I speak to him, it's as if he understands what I am saying. One time I jokingly insulted him, and he got up, walked all the way to the other side of the bed, laid down there, and kept shooting glares at me every now and then. When I apologized, he came right back. There have been other instances like this, and I swear he rolled his eyes at a joke I made once. I understand him well, too. We have such easy communication- I've never experienced this with any other animal before.
In movies there are always animals and people that are "meant for each other" (like Opal and Winndixie in "Because of Winndixie.") I feel this way about my cat. He is social and is nice around other people, but I feel like my bond with him is different. I've also noticed that he's realized people were bad before I even knew; he hated my abusive ex, and I didn't realize why until after that relationship ended.
I can also call out to him. I focus on what he looks like and visualize him coming to me, as well as calling for him to come mentally and emotionally. Most of the time, he is there in a minute (if not sooner.) I have what I call an empathetic bond with him; we can communicate supernaturally, and I'm pretty sure he can feel my emotions.
I really don't know if he's a familiar, though. He has exhibited awareness far beyond that of the average cat- I even caught him staring at a spirit once (I could also see/feel it, and it was the ceiling, so I don't think there was any other reason he was looking there, especially when there's so much else in my room he's interested in.) It's also a possibility he just wants into my room because 1. the aquarium (he likes to drink water out of it when I'm not looking) and 2. my rodents (whom he loves to watch.) He is my therapy cat (not officially, but he comes to me when I am distressed) so maybe that could explain our bond. I am an Empath, though, so that could explain it too (I've formed empathetic bonds with people I've grown close too as well; he is the first animal this has happened with.)
My family has said he is very protective of me, and I've observed this myself. I first 'met' him when he was a kitten, though he was my sister's cat at the time. She's taken him and then given him back to us at least twice. He doesn't listen to her like he does to me, which makes her frustrated, I think.
My real question is- could he be my familiar (or have the potential to be?) If he is, what should I do?