Do you think your pet is Psychic?

Katherine - posted on 01/12/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Newser) – Two-thirds of American pet owners believe their pets are psychic—about the weather, at least. And a whopping 43% say their pets have a sixth sense about bad news, a new survey shows. Pet owners relate stories of dogs and cats alerting them to thunderstorms, earthquakes, seizures, panic attacks—one woman’s dog even woke her up at midnight, shortly before she got a phone call telling her her father had died, the AP reports.

How do pets alert their owners to what’s coming? People reported pets hiding, whining, becoming hyperactive, and barking or meowing. Scientists think animals can sense bad weather thanks to changes in barometric pressure, and can anticipate medical problems due to hormonal changes. But how they can be alerted in advance to life’s more subtle difficulties is a mystery—of course, it could all be in the eyes of the pet owners.
http://www.newser.com/story/109559/my-pe...

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/12/2011

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OMG I totally believe this shit! I have seen plenty of dogs as patients that could predict their own...or there owners seizures...thunderstorms, and other illnesses. I also think they are a marveloius judge of character!

Cats I think are more humerous...they seek out the one person in the room that doesn't like, or is terrified of cats..and harrass them! LOL...good senses of houmor on cats!

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Tara - posted on 01/13/2011

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We also have a cat that is very empathetic.
If someone in the house is sad or upset or sick or in pain, she will find you and love you up as much as you will allow. She loves to hug, kiss and snuggle up in the crook of your neck/shoulder.
My kids think it's normal. lol
And when I'm particularly stressed or anxious, depressed etc. she won't leave me alone, follows me around, wants on me all the time etc.

Tara - posted on 01/13/2011

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@Joy,
I have seen that show as well as others. They have dogs that can detect skin cancer, bladder cancer and other forms of cancer.
They also have dogs that can detect when someone is about to have an epileptic seizure, they would alert their owner by either sitting at their feet and/or pawing their owners. The owners/epileptics would lay down and prepare to seize, while they were seizing, the dog would lie across their chest to keep them from flailing too much. And they would also lick their faces after to help bring their owners around again. Amazing animals.
I think there's a lot we don't know about dogs' abilities.
:)

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2011

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My dog is usless, other then telling me and my friends when we are in labour. :0) Shes not the type of dog to be all up in a womans "junk" but the day before or day of a woman going into labour, she wont stay out of it. The day I went into prelabour, I had to leave my own house just to get pease from that dog.

Kate CP - posted on 01/12/2011

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My dogs are frickin' clueless. Well, my schnauzer is for sure. My husky was, too. But my new(er) dog (the one who shat in her crate today) may be different. We'll see what happens when I go into labor. So far they're all lumps of fur, though. But I love 'em...even if they fling shit all over the house. :P

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I watched a show on Discovery (I think) once about dogs "smelling" cancer. They took these test jars and set them on the floor. There were like 10 of them, only one with cancer cells in it. They brought in a German Shepherd and he sniffed out the cancer. They took the dog out, rearranged the jars, brought the dog back in and he found the cancer again. They did it several times and every single time, the dog found the cancer. I don't think it's psychic, but I do think some animals are more in tune with things we can't sense. It probably has to do with a sense of smell. Who knows? Maybe the cancer jar smelled different than the other jars and the dog was singling out the different one, not specifically looking for the cancer one, if that makes sense. I do know that when I was pregnant, one of my cats would not leave me alone the whole pregnancy. She had to be on me (if I would let her) or at least next to me. She would lick my belly through my shirt and even try to burrow her head under my shirt to do it. It drove me nuts. But I had never seen her act like this before so again, I chalk it up to animals using their senses in ways that sometimes we can't or don't.

Tara - posted on 01/12/2011

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I believe dogs have a sixth sense that we do not.
My dog is generally friendly with everyone once she has a good whiff of them. But on two occasions in her whole 7.5 years, she has utterly refused to go close to two people who she saw on a semi-regular basis. One of them was a boyfried of a friend, the friend was well liked by my dog, her man was not, she raised her fur, bared her teeth and took a very protective stance whenever he came by. We found out after about a year of this that he was beating her.
Another time, she didn't want to go near a guy in our neighbourhood, he was an alcoholic.
So yes.. I think dogs can sense things we can't, and if my dog doesn't like someone, I keep a closer eye on them than I normally would. She knows stuff I don't. lol.
Oh and once I fainted after removing my own stitches (stupid I know) and she was the one who alerted my ex that I was passed out unconscious on the floor, she went mad, licking me, barking loud, licking me, barking loud, until he came, then she licked me until I came around. When I was out my ex said that she kept licking my nose and my lips and smelling my face, and putting her paws on my arm. She was very persistent.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/12/2011

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Honey aka “Killa” our mini Doxin has the bark that tells us if someone is coming or driving up, or doing something in the other rooms…because she will bark that “intruder” bark.
Our Beagle howl/growls when someone is coming

I guess you can say that they are psychic, but I know they are extremely intelligent, they can read your face, and understand language

Barb - posted on 01/12/2011

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My dogs slept through the UPS man delivering a package yesterday... soooo i'm going to go with ummm.... nope.

LaCi - posted on 01/12/2011

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I had a dog that was terrified of thunderstorms. He was kind of a pansy. But he'd hide under the bed if it were going to storm. Then again, I used to tell my parents when it was going to rain, snow, if the weatherman was wrong, etc as a kid. So maybe thats just a normal instinct.



I will say, some weird things used to happen in my old house, and my cats noticed that shit as well.

Rosie - posted on 01/12/2011

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i've never seen it, but a story in the local paper a while back, someones cat alerted them of CO in their house. everytime it got near the source it would freak out and meow at them horribly. it was a slow leak so it wasn't immediately lifethreatening, but obviously it could've gotten worse.

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