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Is he seeing ghosts?!?!

glitterless
August 10th, 2007, 12:08 AM
This evening while I was in the bathroom, No-see-um, my 6 year old DSH was acting very unusual. He was staring up at the ceiling and swatting the air as though there were a fly, but I couldn't see anything. Then he jumped up on the laundry hamper, stood on his hind legs, and began to meow. He does answer when I talk to him, but he isn't otherwise very talkative. He was freaking me out!

One of our other cats, Honey, who is a little cross-eyed and often stares off into space ;) I expect odd things from her, but not from Mister! He eventually lied down and that was that.

I wonder, though...do you think that they see things that we don't see? Is he just trying to play or get my attention?

Jim Hall
August 10th, 2007, 12:38 AM
way back in the day cats were beleived to be able to see spirits
one of the reasons they were connected to witchcraft :yell:

glitterless
August 10th, 2007, 01:34 AM
That's interesting. I didn't realize that...I'll have to do some reading online tonight :)

I hope this doesn't mean that some of these cats were drowned or burned at the stake like the witches!

I wonder what weird practices employed today will seem crazy in a few hundred years...

Love4himies
August 10th, 2007, 07:42 AM
I have a cat that will run up to an inside corner in the house, look up to the ceiling and let out a meowl, like something up on the ceiling needs to be dealt with. Dunno what she sees, but she and only she sees it, my other cat looks at her like she is crazy:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: .

krdahmer
August 10th, 2007, 01:03 PM
All I know is mummies and ghosts http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/scared/scared0016.gif (http://search.orange.co.uk/all?q=site%3Awww.arlingtonhotelgroup.co.uk+norfolk )are supposed to respect them and be affraid of them... so I adopted my own little army!!! :laughing:

Jim Hall
August 10th, 2007, 01:23 PM
i remeber helping a frien acquire two youg cats for her city apt
she calls me up at about midnight freaking
" oh my god musshi is staring at the wall for like 20 minutes is she allright she look catatonic!!!

lol i said well she probably hearing the mice in the walls

Lukka'sma
August 10th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Not too sure about cats but I was at a friends house one time and his dobby suddenly got up from a sleep and ran over to the wall and started to freak out on the wall. Reaching about midway up and trying to take a chunk out of the plaster:eek: She would not be consoled by the owner and spent a couple of minutes barking, growling, jumping and biting at the wall. It was very strange.

ancientgirl
August 10th, 2007, 02:56 PM
Unfortunately, I've read that many cats during the witch burning days met the same fate as the suspected witches.

I've also seen many articles on what your comment is about. Apparently, due to their great hearing they can sometimes hear things inside the walls, such as bugs or mice and what not, so this is what they are reacting too.

A few nights ago, I noticed Vlad pawing at the wall. I realized he was playing with his shadow. I saw him doing this in the kitchen, and noticed it was a teeny tiny ant he was chasing.

While I've heard an old wives tale that if you catch a cat staring off like you mentioned, you bend down, and look between his ears at the same thing, and you will see a ghost. But I don't think that's true. I have no doubt animals are more sensitive than we are to those kinds of things, but I'm doubtful I'd be able to see it if I got down to his level.

want4rain
August 10th, 2007, 03:02 PM
I hope this doesn't mean that some of these cats were drowned or burned at the stake like the witches!


sadly there were many many many cats killed over the crusades.

here is a good link giving the SHORT version of cat symbolism. :)
http://publications.royalcanin.com/renvoie.asp?type=2&id=102370&com=4&animal=2&lang=2&session=866358

-ashley

SableCollie
August 10th, 2007, 05:13 PM
My cats never seemed sensitive to any spirits or anything, but my old dog used to stare at "nothing". It would seem like something would catch her eye and she would stare (usually up towards the ceiling) and sometimes move her head, as if the thing she was staring at was moving across the room. She never did this at my old house, but once we moved to my new house she would do this frequently, especially in the kitchen. I could never see any bugs or flashes of light or anything that she could have been looking at. I have seen some pretty odd stuff in this house myself, so I think she might have been seeing something.

chico2
August 10th, 2007, 05:17 PM
All 3 of my cats while sleeping on my bed,woke up and meowed and stared at the ceiling.
We discovered we had mice in the attic,running around at night:yell:

Lukka'sma
August 10th, 2007, 05:38 PM
once we moved to my new house she would do this frequently, especially in the kitchen.
I have seen some pretty odd stuff in this house myself, so I think she might have been seeing something.

Ummm SableCollie....did I mention that I don't want to be your room-mate after all!!!:laughing:

SableCollie
August 10th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Ummm SableCollie....did I mention that I don't want to be your room-mate after all!!!:laughing:

I have a friend who won't stay the night at my house because it freaks her out so much. The house is over 120 years old, I'm sure many people died in it (I know of at least one). My greatest fear is that we'll find a skeleton stashed somewhere--I think I've seen too many scary movies!

So are you suuuuuure you don't want to rent a room? :p

Longblades
August 10th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I certainly agree that cats can be more sensitive to things that we cannot see. Just read the recent reports of Oscar, the nursing home cat who predicted death. But when my cats have done as yours it is many times a tiny, tiny, little wee spider on the ceiling. Or, they are watching light reflect off the sparkly things in the ceiling. Or it is the ghost of some long past inhabitant of the ground our house is built on. :)

MyBirdIsEvil
August 11th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Cats see a little differently than us, so I'd guess that there might be something up there, like a speck of light reflecting off of something, or a shadow, that isn't visible to our eyes.

Cats are far sighted. They see better far away than up close, and in fact things up close may be a bit blurry to them. Whatever was there may have been too small and too far away for you to notice, but your cat barely caught it.
Also, their eyes are also built to function in lower light levels than ours, so the room may have been dim enough that you couldn't see what was on the ceiling, but your cat could.

It could have been in his head too, lol. Just because they're cats leave me no doubt that they may see slight halucinations sometimes just like people. Even if you're completely sane and sober, have any of you ever seen specks of something in your line of sight or in your peripheral then it was gone a few minutes later? I guess it could have been something like that.

growler~GateKeeper
August 11th, 2007, 12:37 AM
I believe they may be seeing ghosts & there are so many other possibilities (bugs, mice in the walls etc) that are true too. After my Mischief passed away Duffy started sleeping on my bed (which she didn't w/Mischief around) & there have been times where was ready to sleep on the bed then she will sniff the pillow beside mine (spot where Mischief like to sleep) & walk away not coming back to bed for hours. I think cuz Mischief came for a visit.:)


It could have been in his head too, lol. Just because they're cats leave me no doubt that they may see slight halucinations sometimes just like people. Even if you're completely sane and sober, have any of you ever seen specks of something in your line of sight or in your peripheral then it was gone a few minutes later? I guess it could have been something like that.


BTW the specks you see in your line of sight are actually something either on or in the cornea of your eye. If this becomes very noticable it's best to get it checked out by an eye specialist. My aunt had surgery done recently to remove extra tissue in the cornea - not cataracts, but "floaters".

MyBirdIsEvil
August 11th, 2007, 01:03 AM
BTW the specks you see in your line of sight are actually something either on or in the cornea of your eye. If this becomes very noticable it's best to get it checked out by an eye specialist. My aunt had surgery done recently to remove extra tissue in the cornea - not cataracts, but "floaters".

There's no reason to get it checked out unless it's a constant problem. Everyone gets floaters at one time or another.
Some people are also prone to them without any other eye issues.

Actual floaters aren't in your cornea, they're suspended in the fluid around your eyes, which is why they're called that.

Longblades
August 11th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Floaters can be a warning of a very, very serious detached retina. Surgery to repair a detached retina is not always successful. Most of us get the odd floater once in a while but if you see them all of sudden when you never have before, or if you start seeing more, GET IT CHECKED OUT by your optometrist or opthamologist. Here is a link to more information about them:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/spotsfloats.htm

krdahmer
August 11th, 2007, 01:42 PM
Floaters can also be a sign of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalis (sp.?), I had excess fluid around my brain and I got them a LOT. Lost a bit of weight and took a fluid pill for about a year and it all got better.

ancientgirl
August 11th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Hmm...I get these a bit. I always thought it was because of too many hours in front of he computer.

glitterless
August 11th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Thanks for the info and stories.

That's so sad about the witches' cats being killed...I'm reading that webpage now, Ashley.. poor kitties. Glad we don't believe in witches today.