How Do Cats Know When People Are Sick

Cats know when people are sick, and some want to nurse their humans back to health.
Some cats love taking care of
their humans when they're sick.
Do cats know when people are sick, Thomasina? I had a terrible migraine last night, and my cat never left my side.
-- Curious

Hi Curious...

Sorry about that migraine! Ouch! Yes, cats know when people are sick. But what we do about it depends on the cat.

At our house, Katie is the nurse. When our human's back hurts, she curls up against her, and the warmth of her body and the vibrations of her purr, make our human feel so much better.

How Cats Know When People Are Sick

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.” 
― Dan Grerg

Can Cats Read Humans' Minds? Be Careful About What You Think!

Cats read humans' minds and are often unhappy when their people are unhappy.
Thomasina, can cats read humans' minds? I've been worried about a lot of things lately, and my cat is beyond stressed.
-- Concerned

Hi Concerned...
I guess you could say cats read humans' minds. Although I never thought of us as mind-readers, we definitely do pick up on our humans' thoughts, moods and even their health.

When our humans are happy, we're happy. When they're depressed or stressed, we are, too.

What We See When Cats Read Humans' Minds

Today's Purrl of Wisdom

“A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.” 
― William S. BurroughsThe Cat Inside

Is An Alpha Cat Running Your Household?

Do you have an alpha cat? Sometimes it's hard to tell.
Could my calico be an alpha cat, Thomasina? She's so bossy and entitled!
-- Curious Cat Mom

Hi Curious!
I'm an alpha cat! Sometimes... I'm always bossy and entitled. But that doesn't mean I'm always in charge. In our family, the alpha cat changes, depending on the time of day and where we are.

Outside, Soda's the alpha cat and keeps cats we don't like away from our territory. He doesn't fight with them. He just makes it abundantly clear that they're not welcome.

Inside,  Honey is head cat, although it's sometimes hard to tell. She's the oldest and wisest, and she's very good at keeping our lives organized and peaceful.

Would You Know An Alpha Cat If You Saw One?

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
These intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran” 
― Lilian Jackson BraunThe Cat Who Saw Stars

Do Cats Know When It's Going To Rain?

This poor, wet guy must not have been paying attention, because cats know when it's going to rain.
Cats know when it's going to rain, but they
still get caught in a storm sometimes.
Do cats know when it's going to rain, Thomasina? My cat always asks to come in just before a storm comes.
-- Just Curious

Hi Just Curious,

Yes, we know when it's going to rain! When the cats in my family feel those changes in the air, we all head for home as fast as we can.

It's not just that we hate being wet. The real problem with a heavy rainstorm is that it changes all the familiar scents that keep us from getting lost.

It makes it hard for us to see, too, so we can easily miss all the claw marks we've so carefully made in tree trunks and fence posts to help us find our way home. And rain acts as what you humans call white noise, so we can't hear as well as we'd like to when we're outside.

How Cats Know When It's Going To Rain

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
― Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas