Do Cats Sense Death?

We all have a certain degree of intuition and much like us, animals too share this spiritual ability. The simplest way to describe intuition is having the sense of something happening or that something is going to happen. Many people in relationships with cheating spouses actually can sense when their significant other is cheating, and 9 times of out 10, they are right. As for cats, more and more people are starting to believe they can sense death on a human. So, is this even possible?

Oscar's Skill

In 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine wrote a story about a cat named Oscar. He was adopted and taken into a nursing and rehabilitation center. He was allowed to freely roam the halls and go in and out of rooms where patients were resting. Something Oscar began doing caught the attention of staff and quickly raise eyebrows. 

You see, when a person was close to death, Oscar would lay on their bed. When staff members would try to take him from the room, he would become very upset and even meow outside the door. At the time, he had predicted at least 25 deaths of patients. What was shocking is that the patients died only hours after he took to their bedside.

All About the Senses

Feline experts have said that cats have the ability to sense when a person’s organs begin shutting down, and therefore, can sense when a person is nearing death. Oscar is not alone. Several other animals have been in the news and all over online for not only sensing death, but fires, storms, and danger. There are even dogs who are trained to sense when a person is about 40 minutes away from having a seizure.

The short answer is yes, cats can sense death on people. Not all will react in a manner to alert others around them, however. They are not pack animals like dogs, so the sudden alarm to alert other “members” of sickness or death is not common with felines.

Spiritual Adaption

Beyond death, a cat who is introduced into homes where a person is still in mourning a loss of a previous cat can actually pick up the past cat’s characteristics. This is especially the case with kittens. They will cry for the same things, play the same way, enjoy the same toys, and even interact with their owner the same way the previous cat did. This phenomenon is still yet to be explained.

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Alexandra
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Alexandra

Question, how can I tell if my cat is sensing death? How do cats behave?

Sean
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Sean

I had a very strange thing happen tonight, I’m not a well man and sitting on the couch at home, my cat walks in and sits in front of me wide eyed and crying out as if he’d seen a ghost, it look me a good couple of hours to settle him down, he’s also been sleeping beside me in bed lately purring he’s little heart out which is odd because I’m a restless sleeper, anyone got any idea why his acting this way?

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stephanie

I LOVE CATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! their LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also do cats eat chocolate do they eat fruits

Anna
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Anna

My cat and I just went thru the death of my husband/her “Daddy”. (What we called him. He actually saved her from death when we got her!) Well, she DEFINITELY knew something was wrong w/ me crying all the time, and why wasn’t Daddy coming home from “That Place”?!? (The hospital – she knew the smells on my hands after all these years.) She would FIGHT to get into the hall so she could find Daddy on the porch, out the back door, to see if he was there, etc. She’s 15 and been an indoor cat all her life… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

“Baby” went over the Bridge to see Daddy on Saturday Oct 27th 2018. She died of both kidney failure and an obstructed/collapsed lung – same EXACT thing that my husband died of! The vet said that was actually pretty common for aged pets to die shortly after their humans die and with the same issues. She had been to see the vet regularly, so we didn’t think there were any serious issues then, so they didn’t think I had “let her go” or whatever. No recriminations. But now it’s soooo silent and so lonely…*sigh*

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So sorry for all your loss. My heart goes out to you…

Priscila
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Priscila

Just recently my husbands cat has been closer to me more then ever. We did just recently get a dog a Chihuahua. But his cat is always on me now. Especially at bedtime. Hes never been this way before. Please help I’m frraking out

Irene
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Irene

Not sure if thus is the right place to ask. Anyway, my cat sits at the bathroom door and meows so I let her in. I watch her from a distance she looks around then plays with the toilet paper before going out into the other room where she hides under the bed. I can’t get her out. I try to it takes a while. Everyday as she’s outside most times she meows until I let her in. She the sits on my lap and purs before taking a nap. I’m not sure what’s wrong but I do know she’s… Read more »

Ossie
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Ossie

Question my stepdad have many health issues hole in the heart lung disease breathing problems and we have 3 cats the one that is closest to him have been acting different this year. However my stepdad breathing have slowly gotten worse.

The first thing I noticed was when he literally rushed his food down, the second he hissed at one of his brothers and now he meows a lot and he ain’t one to meow like that.

After reading your article I was wondering if any of this relates to the article

Patti Brumett
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Patti Brumett

I found out recently that I had liver cancer and I am in the process of doing embolisation and ablation treatments I got a cat before this started and now that I’m going through treatments he’s laying on top of me which he never did before he’s laying really close to me cuddling me all the time I’m a little nervous. I hope it’s just that he loves me

Tina Pais
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Tina Pais

My aunt has 2 cats one (fluffy)has not gone to close in over a year since my aunt had her stroke in oct 2016 today fluffy is sitting on her lap just laying there. This scares me is she sending something we do not know . I know they have a sixth sense or something like that I hope she is not sending her death

Debbie
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Debbie

I came home from passing out at work. My school nurse said my blood sugar dropped because of not enough fluid of food.. I was very dizzy and cold. She called for someone to drive me home if I promised to ear and drink water, after giving me juice and chocolate and getting my blood pressure up otherwise I would need to go yo the ER. I came home and Tails,my cat, laid on my legs purring and warming me. She kept coming to my face, just looking at me with her eyes widen,over and over. She has in my… Read more »