How to know if your cat sees a ghost? Have you experienced the funny and maybe creepy experience of your cat suddenly jumping up, running away, or even becoming puffy with all his fur standing straight?
No one can say whether cats can see ghosts or not, as there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. However, some believe cats are more sensitive to paranormal activity and can sense things humans cannot. In addition, cats see unusual things and have uncommon reactions.
Let’s find out more about it.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CAT SEES A GHOST?
Whether you believe in supernatural, extra-natural ( is that even a word?), paranormal, metaphysical, transcendental, mystic, or all the other resounding words, you may still be surprised by your cat’s inexplicable reactions to invisible things.
Cats that see weird things would have their fur straight up, look into space to see something we don’t and often run behind nonexisting things.
Sometimes they would behave like they are fighting something in front of them, having their ears flat, the back arched, and jumping sideways, but there is nothing in front of them, other times, they may growl at the space.
Many superstitions are going on with cats, like the nine lives ( or seven depending on where you live), how unlucky or lucky one can be if a black cat crosses your path, or the bad luck you would bring upon yourself if you look for too long into a cat-eye.
Black cats have been associated with witches, ghosts, and similar events for centuries. In addition, some other superstitions associate black cats and cats with luck.
But here are some signs that are commonly believed to be associated with cats seeing ghosts:
1. STARING INTO NOTHING
If you have not seen it yet, expect to have this experience with your cat anytime soon. Cats can stop in their tracks and stare at empty walls and spaces for hours. Then, they stand there and stare without moving.
A possible explanation:
A 2014 study found that, along with several other mammals, cats lenses transmit significant amounts of ultraviolet (UVA 315–400 nm) light, which suggests that they possess sensitivity to this part of the spectrum.(Ref Wikipedia)
2. CAT SUDDENLY SCARED OF NOTHING
Cats may puff up their fur when frightened or threatened, so if your cat’s fur suddenly puffs for no apparent reason, it could be a sign that they are sensing something unusual.
On a lovely evening, you are sitting on the couch watching TV while your adorable cat sits next to you as a loyal companion when he suddenly jumps on his four paws, flattens the ears, and becomes all puffy; all his fur becomes straight up.
And there is no visible explanation for those things.
3. GROWLING AND HISSING AT NOTHING
From total calm, your cat starts to growl and hiss at the space; again, you go close and see absolutely nothing.
Cats may make unusual sounds, such as growling, hissing, or meowing, when they sense something humans cannot see.
4. YOUR CAT IS RUNNING BEHIND NOTHING
Another common thing that makes people believe that cats have seen a ghost is when they start running back and forth like they are behind something or someone.
5. CAT IS HIDING
Your cat suddenly runs and hides in a spot or his favorite hiding place, like under the bed, or into the cupboard, for no apparent reason. Nothing in the house is moving, but he is still afraid.
6. HEAD MOVING FROM SIDE TO SIDE IN SUDDEN MOVEMENTS
Your cat is next to you, and suddenly he moves his head from side to side repeatedly like he is following some movements of prey or a bug; the only problem with this scenario is that, once again, there is nothing in the house, and in the room that is moving.
7. SEARCHING THE HOUSE
Your cat may go on an adventure in your house; you see him searching for something; he is walking lowered on the floor, smelling everything, giving the impression he is after something.
Your cat may go close to a corner of the room or a part of the house, stop there and start meowing for no reason, giving the impression he has seen something and he is guarding that something.
If your cat suddenly starts acting out of character, such as staring intently at a spot in the room or hissing for no apparent reason, it could be a sign that they are sensing something unusual.
CAN CATS SEE THINGS WE CAN’T?
Cats have excellent vision and can see some things that humans cannot. For example, cats have a wider field of vision than humans, and they can see in much lower light levels. They also have a visual system that detects movement, making them excellent hunters.
However, no scientific evidence supports the claim that cats can see ghosts or other paranormal entities. While some believe cats are more sensitive to paranormal activity, no conclusive evidence supports this idea.
It is important to note that if your cat seems to be reacting to something you cannot see, there may be other explanations for their behavior.
For example, cats may be sensitive to changes in the environment, such as new smells or sounds, or they may be experiencing a health issue causing discomfort.
CAN CATS SENSE DEATH?
Some anecdotal evidence suggests that cats may be able to sense when someone is nearing the end of their life. For example, there have been reports of cats spending time with people who are terminally ill and remaining close to them in their final hours.
While no scientific evidence supports the idea that cats can sense death, there are some possible explanations for this behavior.
One theory is that cats are highly attuned to changes in their environment, including changes in the behavior and scent of the people around them. So when someone is nearing the end of their life, there may be subtle changes in their behavior and scent that cats can detect.
Another theory is that cats may be attracted to the warmth and comfort often associated with a person near the end of their life. In some cases, cats may simply seek a warm and comfortable resting place and are not necessarily aware of what is happening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do cats protect their owners?
I have written an entire article about cats protecting their owner and another about cats sensing bad energy and saving people’s lives.
Can cats feel the energy?
Cats are known to be susceptible animals and can pick up on subtle changes in their environment, including energy changes. While there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that cats can feel energy like humans do, there are many anecdotal reports of cats responding to changes in energy levels.
For example, cats may be able to sense when their owners are feeling sad or upset and may offer comfort and support. They may also be able to pick up on changes in the energy of a room, such as when there is tension or conflict present.
Some alternative medicine practices suggest cats can feel and respond to energy fields such as acupuncture and Reiki.
What does a black cat symbolize?
As mentioned above, cats symbolize different things based on the diverse cultures of different world places. For example, in some parts of England, black cats are considered to bring luck, while black cats are associated with unlucky events in most common traditions.
The symbolism of a black cat varies across different cultures and historical periods. For example, in some cultures, black cats are considered symbols of good luck and prosperity, while in others, they are associated with bad luck, witchcraft, and superstition.
In many Western cultures, black cats have historically been associated with witches and witchcraft, particularly during the Middle Ages and the early modern period. This association is still prevalent in popular culture today, particularly around Halloween.
In some cultures, however, black cats are considered to be lucky. For example, in Japan and Scotland, black cats are believed to bring good fortune, while in some parts of England and Ireland, it is said that a black cat crossing your path is a sign of good luck.