Homecat sensesHow does a cat know when you are coming home?

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How does a cat know when you are coming home? — 14 Comments

  1. My cats bring me so much joy in so many ways but what never fails to bring a smile to my face is the sight of Ozzie running down the stairs talking to me but never moving his eyes from mine as he dashes to greet me 🙂 well that’s how I like to see it when the reality is more like ‘ah pleased to see you’re back human now come feed me’

  2. Michael I think you’ve hit the nail right on the head there!
    All the expensive research carried out be ‘experts’ has never come up with this theory, but now you mention it, it’s so very obvious you are right.
    Our boyz know when Babz is due home, either one of the other are ‘on duty’ by the front door as the time approaches.
    This also reminds me of our very old cat Ebony, the day she chose to leave us she waited until minutes after Babz was home so I wasn’t alone, even though she’d been in a deep sleep all day until then.
    Now I’ve made myself very sad remembering that day and thinking about everyone here’s losses too.
    Too many people don’t appreciate what an honour it is to have cats in their lives.

  3. i know the feeling with cassy gone how you so used to seeing them or hearing them. cassy used to jump up near computer and got all smoochy and head pumped me i miss tht. Although im coping now still miss parts of cass. I do think she was very ill for awhile just wished i had been more intune what was happening.

  4. One of the hardest things for me about when Red died – was the following two or three weeks knowing his scent was still around and outside – and knowing that it was fading for the very last time. I don’t know why but that thought was the thought that really signalled the end for me.

      • I think it sounds very possible – I never thought of it before. I always thought they knew when I get home because of the daylight, time of day, they just know. And I feel they know I am home for 2 whole days on the weekend. They seem to know my rhythm – which in my case is very regular and constant. If I leave after 830 in the morning then they know it’s the weekend and I wont be gone long. If I leave before 830 they know I won’t be back until nearly dark. That’s how I saw it. But yes your theory certainly works.

    • I can relate to that Marc I have always found it so hard to accept that I will never see my cats again after I have lost them, the look in their eyes, the way their fur feels I always remember after Basil was run over I couldn’t bear to touch his nest of leaves in the garden because his fur was entwined with them and I could still imagine him there 🙁

  5. wow im sure thats so true. As i know my cats esp in the morning when partner comes home is always waiting and my cat tammy i usd to have would wait outside or come running when i got home.

    • Same here Kylee – they wait for me by the window and see me arrive. When they could go out they would come and meet me at the front door to my building.

    • Cats “see” the world by smelling scents in combination with vision and sound. The smell of things for a cat is far more important than for us. We pretty much rely on vision first and sound second.

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