Deb, I loved what you wrote.
Rationally, I believe my Prince turned into another form of energy and naturally stayed around me.
But I also kind of, irrationally, believe that he reincarnated in my Cuchi (formal name: The Little Prince), who was found at 4 weeks old in a busy street, 3 weeks before my Prince died, and then grew up to look and behave almost identical to my Prince. So much so that people think it's the same cat. The chances of finding a white, long-haired cat or kitten roaming the streets here is practically zero. And I had always told my Prince that I wished I could raise him from kittenhood.
Eg: Short before my Prince died, I had given him a beautiful, long-awaited cat tree and told him it was his. When Cuchi was old enough to climb it and Prince had just died, Cuchi claimed it as naturally his own and defended it from the girls. To this day, it's his. Although he's learned to share.
The Royal von Meouw Dynasty: His Royal Highness the late Prince von Meouw,
Her Royal Highness Princess Gatita von Meouw, Nikita Duchess of Meouw and
His Highness Cuchi-Cuchi, next in line for the throne of Prince von Meouw.