Do cats have a sixth sense? Astro and Winki add to the evidence

First there was Chloe, now YourLifeChoices members share similar uncanny experiences.

Do cats have a sixth sense? Astro and Winki add to the evidence

YourLifeChoices columnist Peter Leith recently wrote about Chloe (or Claude), the resident cat at Eventide Nursing Home who seemed to have a sixth sense. She/he made especially close friendships and spent a lot of time with people shortly before they died. This prompted several emails about similar observations from other people. We share them here.


Alcida wrote:
My adult son Iain has leukaemia. He sometimes collapses in the shower and lies there until a little furry paw gently pats his face and wakes him up. Astro doesn’t hesitate to get right into the shower. Iain usually awakes to see a bedraggled soaking wet face right against his, and a quiet ‘miaow?’ from Astro. The cat seems to know that Iain shouldn’t be so long in the shower. Maybe the water pressure hasn’t changed as it should.

Astro is a small, sleek, short-haired moggy. Iain and Astro are very close, and they look after each other.

Each visitor is thoroughly inspected by Astro. If he approves, he’ll sit on your lap. If not, he stalks to the cat door with his tail in the air and won’t come back until the visitor leaves.

It is a very true saying that ‘Dogs have masters. Cats have staff’.

I hope this true story answers the question about pets having a ‘sixth sense’. Thank goodness Astro does.

Ned* wrote:

Our story is of our cat Winki.  She was an all black, half Siamese with typical Siamese features. She was very friendly and would allow people to pat her, but would never sit on their lap or even beside them.

We had a meeting at our house. There were 15 people attending, one of whom was Lyn. She had been through chemo and radiotherapy. Her prognosis was terminal.

Winki came into the room during the meeting. She walked around the room then sat for a minute or two looking at Lyn. She jumped onto Lyn’s knee and, standing on her hind legs, put her paws on Lyn’s shoulders and lay her head on Lyn’s chest.

She was a remarkable cat in many ways. She lived until she was 22 years old … and yes, I do believe that many animals have an extra sense.

* Not his real name.

Have you encountered an animal with a sixth sense? Is the evidence overwhelming?

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    25th Aug 2019
    Yes, my old ginger tom used to sit on or near me after I had a achilles tendon, repair. Unknown to me it had got infected during the operation and had a very slight musty odor, some slight pain (fixed with a Panadol), but not smelly, but he knew, as he started chewing at the point of the wound, which was all wrapped up and non accessable that something wasn't right. We contacted the surgeon the same day Monday, who was away, as it was Melbourne Cup weekend and said he would come back Tuesday, but we said leave it till Wednesday, one more day? by the time we saw him in the afternoon, his whole surgery knew it! Hostpitalised, lost my tendon through debriding, 9 ops. later including skin graft, plastic surgery etc.!!!!! surgeon said I was lucky not lose my limb, or even life. Thanks Mr. Puss.
    25th Aug 2019
    I have had a few hospital trips and surgeries over the last year. My cat stays so close by my side when I get home, sitting by me and sleeping with me. She only leaves me to use the litter tray or to have a feed. She is such a comfort
    25th Aug 2019
    All animals have a sixth sense including the ones that you eat. It is amazing how some know when someone is sick and will dedicate their time to comfort.
    30th Aug 2019
    I agree Patti and musicveg

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