7 Things that Cats Can Predict

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: March 26, 2019
7 Things that Cats Can Predict
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From ancient times, the figure of the cat has been surrounded by myths that say they have supernatural powers, from the ability to transmit "bad luck" to the ability to anticipate events that have not yet occurred.

Leaving superstition aside, there are 7 things cats can predict. They have nothing to do with magic or miraculous wonders, but certain characteristics of felines make them more sensitive to some situations that go unnoticed by humans. If you want to find out what they are, then read on!

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1. Can cats predict earthquakes?

In several catastrophes, people have observed as minutes, and even hours before a tremor or earthquake occurred, certain animals exhibited stress and anxiety-related behaviors and began to flee their homes or nests to higher or remote areas. Among these animals are birds, dogs and cats, but there are many more.

But what exactly do cats perceive before an earthquake? There are several theories. One of them indicates that cats are able to perceive the static changes that occur just before the earthquake. Technically, it is possible for some humans to also perceive them, however, it is more common for us to confuse this perception with a simple headache or discomfort.

Another theory assures that cats perceive the small vibrations that occur in the earth before a tremor of great magnitude through the pads on their paws, because it is an extremely sensitive area of their body. Be that as it may, there are those who affirm that they do indeed recognize this movement, but not due to their the legs, but thanks to their fine ear.

7 Things that Cats Can Predict - 1. Can cats predict earthquakes?

2. Natural disasters

As with earthquakes, people have started to observe cats are able to perceive the phenomena that occur before certain natural disasters, thanks to their acute senses. It's not magic, cats can detect some changes through their senses. They are able to detect certain events that human beings overlook.

Many cats will notice that a volcanic eruption, cyclone, tsunami and even a hurricane is approaching. However, this does not mean that all felines perceive them, but it does mean that the majority do. What's the reason? As soon as all these natural "disasters" are announced, they do not appear from one moment to the next.

Before they are unleashed, changes occur in atmospheric pressure, temperature, wind direction and earth movements, among many others, that your feline is prepared to perceive.

3. Can cats predict illness?

Rather than predicting them, several studies have shown that cats are able to detect the presence of certain diseases in the human body, as well as in their feline counterparts. There are many testimonies from people who discovered that they had cancer after their furry friend landed insistently on a certain area of the body.

7 Things that Cats Can Predict - 3. Can cats predict illness?

4. Diabetes and epilepsia

These two diseases are characterized by the possibility of dangerous seizures in both cases, which can be sudden for the person suffering from them, whether it is a rise in sugar or an epileptic seizure in itself.

As with cancer, there are testimonies and cases of owners who have seen their lives saved by these felines, who have been especially nervous just before one of these crises breaks out. In this case, cats would also perceive the changes that occur in the organism through smell.

5. Can cats predict your mood?

They cannot predict moods, but they can perceive them almost perfectly. If you feel depressed, anxious or worried, it is very likely that your feline friend will sympathetically conform to your state of mind, keeping you company during those difficult times. Also, when you are happy and active they will want to play and have fun with you.

7 Things that Cats Can Predict - 5. Can cats predict your mood?

6. Guests

You've probably noticed that your cat changes their attitude shortly before any of the family members get home, getting restless and expectant. This is because, indeed, cats are able to detect that a loved one is approaching. All thanks to their wonderful nose and prodigious ear. The felines smell familiar scents at great distances, which allows your cat to wait for you at the door long before you arrive. They are also able to discriminate between the sounds you make with your keys or the way you walk.

7. Can cats predict death?

Much has been speculated for centuries about whether cats are able to predict when a person is about to die. Some studies seem to indicate that this is indeed the case. This is again due to their keen sense of smell. All living beings secrete certain substances when we are near death, due to the physical changes that the body is suffering. The felines are capable of perceiving them. That is why there are so many testimonies of pets that have remained with their owners before their last breath.

7 Things that Cats Can Predict - 7. Can cats predict death?

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