(Ingleside, Illinois, USA)
Chart showing range and intensity of earthquake. Image believed to be in public domain.
11-2-2010: I'm sure everyone has heard about the earthquake we had in Illinois yesterday morning. Well about 1:00 AM my cat Lia starting Mewing in a strange voice that I had never heard before.
Well, needless to say I woke up and he was pacing the floor like a wildcat. I got up and gave him some food but he still didn't calm down. He paced and mewed for so long that I thought we were going to have to take him to the animal emergency.
I couldn't see anything wrong with him. I kept trying to calm him down and finally about 6:30 AM he seemed to calm down a little. Well he lay down next to me on the bed, which is unusual now since he got his bed for Christmas. He stayed right by my side and we fell back asleep for a little while since we'd been awake since about 1:00 AM.
When I got up I heard that there had been an earthquake in our area. I'm sure Lia knew and was trying to warn me about it. He did not leave my side for the whole day yesterday. He followed me everywhere. He gave up his bed for the whole day to be by my side. I know that he knew about the earthquake that was about to happen.
He has never exhibited this type of behavior before. I will remember that type of mew that he did and if I hear it again I will know something is coming. Before I heard about the quake I was watching for my animal visitors that I have in the morning. I told my boyfriend something must be wrong because there wasn't a squirrel or bird in sight. I checked my neighbor Bill's feeders to see if maybe he put something special out in the morning but the whole backyard was quiet and there was no one in sight.
I believe animals do have foresight into these type of things. Now I really believe and I have Lia as my forecaster. I'm sure other people have experienced these things with their animals as well.
Hi Kathy....Thank you very much for a very interesting article. We read and hear about the way cats and other animals sense forthcoming earthquakes so it is great to hear from you as it is based on first hand experience.
I changed the title to make it more current and to include the word "cat"! Hope you don't mind.
My Cat Sensed Forthcoming Illinois Earthquake to Feral Cats