Extraordinary Behavior – Does Your Cat Have a Sixth Sense?
There is no doubt that cats experience the five senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste in a much more heightened level than humans do. Using every part of their body to communicate and survive – eyes, ears, whiskers, mouth, nose, tail, and paws, they navigate through life with incredible prowess and skill. I believe as well they have a sixth sense that enables them to be intuitive above and beyond those senses, giving them a complex level of understanding far beyond what appears on the surface.
I’m sure most of you can relate to what I’m saying – when we are feeling down, sick, or out of sorts, our cats seem to sense we need them and they rally by our side, providing us with loving comfort and companionship. How do they know we need this support? It’s not like we can hold an actual conversation with them, yet you and I know full well through our body language and tone, moods, and emotions, that we really are having a conversation with them and they understand the underlying message. For example, when I tragically and unexpectedly lost my dear Harley in 2014, my cats understood my profound grief and stayed firmly at my side, keeping watch over me.
Then there is the fascinating phenomenon of how they seem to know the concept of time. Mine spend most of the day napping on our bed, surfacing now and again to interact with Dan for some playtime or biscuit-making lap time. But once it gets to be around 5:30 pm, they wake up and converge and wait for me to get home from work. First they will collectively sit by the window to wait for the sound of my car, and somehow out of all the cars driving down our street, they know which one is mine and can hear me from about a block away! Once they are certain it’s me, they will all be at the door waiting for me to come inside!
The most amazing sixth sense they have is when, out of nowhere, they sense another animal is outside. It’s like a chain reaction – one cat will sense it first and then one by one, each and every one of them will be attuned to the alert and join in. They can be sound asleep prior to the spotting, but somehow their inner senses tell them something is outside and they instantly wake up and rush off to investigate. I find this especially fascinating at night – the house can be abuzz with noise – the TV will be blaring, it is pitch dark out, and they are all comfortably settled in their favorite nap spots – yet once they sense an animal is outside the parade of cats to investigate is instantaneous and they are ALWAYS right.
While I can’t completely relate, I guess in some ways I can. I know when my boys were babies, I was completely in tune with them – I could hear them before they stirred, intuitively knowing when they would need me. And naturally, like most mothers, I had eyes in the back of my head, causing me to see all (to the frustration and shock of them). I also have no need for an alarm clock – I use one as a precautionary measure in case I oversleep, but my body is so in tune with my work schedule it’s virtually impossible for that to happen.
Another phenomenon is what appears to be them sensing a ghost or spirit in the house. On more than one occasion, Rolz in particular will stop flat in his tracks and just stare off into space. He will then become so spooked that he will run off and hide. I’m not sure what it all means – I know from personal experience that not all spirits are spooky considering that my dear Mr. Jazz has come to visit me in the afterlife numerous times, but perhaps because cat’s have such sensitive senses, the sensation is overwhelming to them.
What about your cats? Do you feel they have a sixth sense? Do you have any extraordinary stories to share?
If you would like to read more about my afterlife experiences with Mr. Jazz, including one that led me to rescuing our ginger cat Jazmine, please visit: