If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~Barbara L. Diamond


Do pets know when we are sick? Pet owners would say “YES”. I have two orange tabby cats who are 10 years old and are brothers. This is the top cat Oliver. You can see his big “mitten” paws due to his extra toe on each front paw. Oliver and Elliot are not the kind of cats you can pick up and hug or carry around. They come on their terms and like to sit on laps when they want to, not when you want them to. Do I doubt that they love us in their cattish way? Not at all.

Since I have been getting biopsied and stressed, I have lap cats or should I say “chest cats”. One of the other will jump up on my lap and then gentle move toward my chest sitting and facing me with their paws on my chest. I can’t help but wonder if they know something is wrong and the exact location. They sit for a while, allow me to scratch their heads and then move back down onto my lap or legs. Strange, but so wonderful all at the same time.

Do you think you pets know when you are ill?

14 thoughts on “If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~Barbara L. Diamond

  1. Cats feel the love Michelle.
    Times had a very bad leg and then a cat and although she was never allowed to lie in my bed, she has always put me on the foot and “guarded”.
    Animals feel very much!

    All the best for you ♥ by Mathilda


  2. Oh how beautiful Michelle. Animals do ‘diagnose’ and sense illness. I’ve read many stories about this. In the 8 weeks I’ve been foot above heart, the two cats have been lying with, often on top of, me almost constantly. They are such a comfort and entertainment. Precious beings x


  3. I don’t know if they know when we are ill, but they are certainly attuned to our movements and energy levels. They like to sit on us when we are being still, as we most often are when we are sick or feeling low, And I agree about the sound of purring.


  4. Most definitely… Much has been written on their capabilities to diagnose, heal, and soothe. Much! Some fascinating stuff out there. I have a cat that wraps himself around my head on the couch, and places his paw in the exact location where I get migraines — a tiny area I’ve dealt with for nearly 30 years. They’re amazing.


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