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Can Cats Predict The Weather?

Can Cats Predict The Weather?

Animals and weather folklore go hand in hand. Before Doppler radar and smartphone apps, our ancestors watched animal behavior—groundhogs, birds, fish, cows, even donkeys—to determine what type of weather could be expected. And cats are no exception. We know cats are a lot of things: clean, independent, and highly intelligent—should we add “meteorologists” to the list? In honor of International Cat Day, on August 8th, here’s a look at how these furry felines are fantastic forecasters!

Cat Weather Folklore

When a cat washes behind her ears, expect rain.

When cats lie on their head with mouth turned up expect a storm.

When the cat lies in the sun in February, she will creep behind the stove in March.

If a cat sits with its back to the fire, frost and hard weather can be expected.

When cats sneeze, it’s a sign of rain.

When cats are snoring, foul weather follows.

Earthquake Predictors?

We also know that cats and other animals can predict earthquakes before they happen. Take a look!

So cats are once again giving us another reason to pay attention to them! Does your cat display any interesting behavior? Share with us in the comments below!

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  • birdonthewire says:

    Ooops…..sorry! That comment about the olives was supposed to go with the article about cats liking cantaloupe!

  • birdonthewire says:

    My cat likes olives! Both the green ones and the black ones, and especially if they have been on pizza. I think it’s the fat and the salt he’s attracted to, but not sure. Normally he’s quite picky, so I was shocked when he ate olives!

  • Samantha says:

    Predicting earthquakes before we know one is coming is absolutely true! Years ago my cat and I were in my room…I was at my desk and suddenly my cat took off at 90 mph! Then a bottle opener fell off the top shelf and slammed onto my desk…then the earthquake hit. The birds outside were silent…eerie time.

  • dilyspr says:

    When a nasty storm is coming, Tabby will crouch down as low as she can get and stay as close to me as possible.

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Hi dilyspr, Thanks for commenting. It’s been fun watching my two kitties. The “behind the ear” washing has proven correct this wee!

    • Laura says:

      my kitties just go to the door when my dogs go out but kitties wont go out. So my dogs wont go past the patio. With in an hour it will storm or heavy rain

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