Since a week ago on Sunday, I have had bellyache attacks. It could be my gallbladder, I’m not sure. I’m going for an echo this Thursday. But since that Sunday I on and off have so much pain in my abdomen and back that I can hardly speak and breathing hurts.
So today I called in sick as I was brought home yesterday with the same symptoms. I got straight into bed, and Suki has sat in the doorway until I was able to get out again. I woke up this morning with Suki sleeping by my feet, and it was like she was spying on me. When I got out of bed, she followed me, but in a way that I didn’t notice it. It’s like she’s checking to see if I am okay.
I think cats (and dogs and other animals) are great in sensing when their owner is in pain. I remember when my mother got back home from a surgery, the dog wouldn’t leave her side (well, did she ever?). And when I was house-sitting when they were on vacation, It’s pretty dark and creepy in the bedroom there. Their cat Rosie would lay with me for a while. But maybe she slept on the bed with me, because she actually wasn’t allowed to be in the bedrooms?
Perhaps animals are more empathic than we humans? Animals are even known to feel earthquakes coming, so why couldn’t they feel it when we are in pain, or feel a heart-attack or epileptic attack coming? What do you think?
Oscar is a two-year-old cat who lives in a nursing home in Rhode Island, United States. He appears to know when residents at the home are approaching their last hours because he curls up next to them. It looks like Oscar can predict when patients are going to die.
His ‘coworkers’ doctor David Dosa said that Oscar has been correct in more than 25 cases since 2007.
Oscar was adopted by the medical staff when he was a kitten. And ever since his home has been on the third floor of a nursing home, with the dementia patients. Soon he started to make his own rounds. Sniffing patients and he would curl up beside a patient who then passed away a few hours later.
The staff at the hospital trust Oscar’s instinct so much that they call the relatives from the patient to let them know that their loved one may pass away soon. Some families don’t like Oscar being in the room, so he has to wait outside the room where he will pace and meow.
Do you think cats (and other animals) can sense pain? Have you ever experienced it?