In Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Black Cat," the narrator, having disposed of Pluto, his cat, following a marked deterioration in relations between the two, the narrator, after some months, begins to lament the absence of the once loyal pet. One night, setting typically intoxicated, as had become the pattern, and which contributed to the decision to rid himself of the cat, the narrator spots a black object that turns out to be another cat, a large black cat reminiscent of the deceased Pluto. As he describes the scene: "I approached it, and touched it with my hand. It was a black cat—a very large one ."
Accepting this new cat into his abode, the narrator becomes increasingly haunted by its presence, particularly by the strange discoloration on its chest, which gradually assumes the shape of Pluto. As the narrator descends further into madness, and buries his wife's remains behind a wall, he neglects to account for this new cat's whereabouts, leading to his capture.