Can my cat detect a storm approaching?

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Can my cat detect a storm approaching?
« on: 13/10/2008 22:09:32 »
Paul Anderson  asked the Naked Scientists:

Hi Chris and team,

We have been told to expect a storm across NZ this afternoon. Our cat seems to have gone crazy this morning. Instead of rubbing up against my leg, it was in the kitchen and suddenly darted through the lounge and into the conservatory. The next morment it was darting somewhere else. I was at the kitchen sink a moment ago and the cat is now outside and it darted from east to west across the lawn. Is it likely to be feeling something connected with the approaching storm?
Do storms have any electromagnetic component?

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Paul

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« Reply #1 on: 14/10/2008 06:21:56 »
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Can my cat detect a storm approaching?

I may have missed it, but you never said if you actuality had a storm, only that one was forecast.

Cats have a long history with weather folklore, one of those is their ability to predict stormy weather.

If I remember correctly the most commonly held idea is that the cats can feel / sense the change in air pressure, it is also said that cats have very sensitive hearing and that they can hear the rumbles of distant thunder.

I know nothing about cats, so I can not say whether this is true or not.

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« Reply #2 on: 14/10/2008 21:01:35 »
I once asked a cat about this very subject and it said 'meow'.  Mind you, it said that to everything else I asked it too.  The only conclusion I could come to was that 'meow' probably means "I'm sorry but if I told you the answer to that I'd have to kill you".
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #3 on: 14/10/2008 21:09:16 »
Please can you quantify exactly how you determined that you cat had gone crazy? In my experience, "crazy cat" is somewhat tautological.....

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« Reply #4 on: 14/10/2008 22:33:52 »
Yes, cats can tell when a storm is coming as their senses are
hyper-sensitive compared to human senses, along with their
hearing, sense of smell etc.

Anyway my 2 cats alwaays go berserk or hide in corners or just
come to me. Even playfight more aggressively than they normally do.

Rosalind Franklin was my first cousin and one my life's main regrets is that I never met this brilliant and beautiful lady.
She discovered the Single DNA Helix in 1953, then it was taken by Wilkins without her knowledge or agreeement.

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« Reply #5 on: 15/10/2008 13:54:00 »
Sounds like a load of twaddle.


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Offline rosalind dna

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« Reply #6 on: 15/10/2008 15:28:05 »
Sounds like a load of twaddle.



No it's not and when did you last observe an animal or someone's pet during a thunderstorm?
Rosalind Franklin was my first cousin and one my life's main regrets is that I never met this brilliant and beautiful lady.
She discovered the Single DNA Helix in 1953, then it was taken by Wilkins without her knowledge or agreeement.

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« Reply #7 on: 15/10/2008 16:42:07 »
'During' is a different matter.   


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« Reply #8 on: 15/10/2008 21:41:52 »
'During' is a different matter.  



Of course. But then, Pumblechook, I happen to know my cats very well
Rosalind Franklin was my first cousin and one my life's main regrets is that I never met this brilliant and beautiful lady.
She discovered the Single DNA Helix in 1953, then it was taken by Wilkins without her knowledge or agreeement.