I am writing about cats showing empathy toward sick people. Every time I was sick, feeling poorly, crying or in pain after surgery, my cats knew I was hurting. They would show their sympathy in various ways -- rubbing their little faces against my teary cheeks, sitting outside my bedroom after I returned from surgery, looking at me with concern and sympathy, etc. They instinctively know we are in pain. How do they know that? Because they love us, and love is a knowing thing, meaning you love someone when they are happy and when they are sad. Since they cannot speak or mail sympathy cards, they show their concern by being physically near us. I have also seen cats show the same sympathy for another cat when the cat was sick. There are many recorded stories of companion animals mourning the loss of their master.
Y.H., Arlington, Va Mar 21, 2010
I absolutely agree with you. Many readers will appreciate your confirmation of cats' abilities to empathize and to express loving concern. I wish more members of our species were like that.Many cats in households with a new human baby become very upset when the infant cries. The distress calls of a human baby are not unlike their own, and such cats should be reassured and allowed to be close when the baby is being attended to, in order to help alleviate their empathic concern.
9/2/2011 2:24:18 PM #
We have a family cat-she she has been with my youngest daughter since she the cat was found at age 2 weeks-My daughter and "Lucky" have been best friends for 4 years-My Daughter began getting sick in Febuary 2011 with a "rare heart disorder" Lucky withdrew from all of us---my daughter had Heart surgery in June 2011 and it took about 3 weeks--Lucky came around would go in her room again--let her pet her-Well My daughter started showing weakness signs again 3 weeks ago-Lucky once again does not want Her to pet her again---But for the First time ever--Lucky is sleeping outside her bedroom on a nightly basis-I am totally confused-My daughter's heart conditon is needing more surgical procedures due to its weakness-it goes into ventricular tackycardia--in 2 weeks they will place a pacemake-defib--My cat is watching over my daughter---she will cry to let me know to check on my daughter---I truly beleive that Our Lucky Knows and She KNEW about the sudden onset of Heart Failure with My Daughter--so Yes---Cats Are Special!
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