Does my cat understand I am ill? How sweet of the little feline to understand and be so caring. If you are a cat owner, you would have noticed the behavioral change of your cat whenever you or your partner is sick.
The cats are so understanding that they sense our illness and because of that caring, they never want to leave our side.
I’ll be there are you…
The cats generally love to sleep with us. That too, mostly on the foot of the bed or near the chest. The warmth they get when sleeping near your chest is the same warmth that a kitten gets when it is with its mom.
You may wonder why a cat sleeps on the foot of the bed while you have built a new sweet house for the cat. That is because the cat is so attached to its circumstances and feels comfortable when it is around its owner rather than sleeping at some aloof place.
A cat is attentive and alerts most of the time. Therefore, to alert you in case of emergency or warn you about after-effects, they wear a hat of security force personnel and lays near you. They are light sleepers, and so any small sound could wake them up and alert them.
I will not leave your side
I remember when I was young, and my mother feels sick. It was just a fever and my cat did not leave her side. If my mom goes to the kitchen it follows her, if my mom comes to the living room then my cat too comes and sits near her foot.
If she falls asleep, the cat sits watching in and around her. Sometimes, if my mom stands up the cat imagining she will go to the kitchen it runs before my mom and waits there.
You would never the smile and warm feeling my mom received from that small creature during that time. The care my father, her parents showed were looking tiny comparing to that small animal who showed so much love.
It never left my mother’s side until she recovered completely.
Are they masters in learning body language?
It is still magical how much felines can understand through body language. You shout, it stays silent. You laugh, it licks and shows love, you fall sick it never leaves your side.
This makes us think are they masters in understanding the body language of the owners or is it love that makes them feel the telepathic kind.
Though many YouTubers uploads videos, short stories on how cats understand and act based on facial expressions and tone of voice, this cannot be accepted as proof or evidence. But this thus shows us cats are empathetic to some extent.
Some researchers identify that cats can recognize facial expressions over time and adapt to them.
Why do cats need to stay with us all the time?
The cats begin to understand that you are falling sick by the time you sneeze or cough or sit because of body paint in the mid of doing something.
Even before we start to conclude that we are falling sick, the cat confirms. The only offering that a cat can provide is timely support and constant care. So, it starts its offering from that time itself.
Follows you wherever you go, sits wherever you sit, watches when you are asleep.
Cats follow the routine. Though they do not know about the time system or how clocks work or how to calculate time, they follow the routine.
Some of you might have experienced at least one time where you forget to feed your cat on time and it starts making sounds or comes near you drooling or stares at you blindly so that you become aware that you forgot its food and it is already late.
The same happens when you fall sick also. Due to sickness, you might delay timings and that is well captured by your cat. Or you might be working which your cat is fully aware of and that you are not available in the home for five days straight but out of the blue, you stay in the house when others are gone, and it is not a weekend, its mind starts to calculate(!)
The cats stay with us all the time of illness with the hope that their staying or licking you would recover you from the illness.
Are they lifesavers?
Research has been widely conducted on the behavior of dogs, the human’s friend but very less comparatively on cats, another human’s friend. It has been reported that cats have woken up the family members when someone in the other room is having cardiac arrests and other such serious medical complications.
So, it is normal if your cat follows you when you are ill.
Though no proven shreds of scientific evidence available, some pieces of evidence are real. Please make use of those and learn more. This article paved the way to learn more about a cat and its behavior with the cat owners and its favorite, what about you?
Please leave how your cat acts when someone is sick or how it behaves during the emergency time?