Do Your Pets know?

By sparkysmom Latest Reply 2010-04-06 11:35:33 -0500
Started 2009-02-27 22:08:57 -0600

Do your pets know when you are getting ill? I know my bird knows when I am feeling bad. This afternoon I was sleeping and woke up because Raff had flown off his cage and was saying "Allen,Allen"(my Hubby) over and over. He usually stays on his cage when not with me. I woke up feeling kinda foggy took my BG and it was 55. Low for me. I know when I'm having a migraine or hurting real bad Raff is more protective than normal and stays right with me.. Anyone else's pets act like this?

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DawnRJackson 2009-03-04 14:16:47 -0600 Report

We have a regular menagerie here, two small dogs; a yorkie and a poochihau (pronounced poochiwah lol, a cross between a poodle and long haired chihuahua), two cats, a quaker parrot and fresh water aquarium. All of them (with the exception of the fish) are pretty sensitive to both mine and my husband's illnesses. Nothing beats the cuddle of a warm and fuzzy lap partner when you are feeling ill and they always seem to know when to come and snuggle up.

2009-03-04 12:31:43 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, I had to put my dog to sleep a few years ago, however, she always knew when I was feeling ill. Her demeanor changed completely. She would be quieter, and stay by my side constantly. Pets do have that extra instinct.

rbergman 2009-03-03 00:03:04 -0600 Report

I mentioned this discussion to my husband earlier tonight and he seems to think that our cockatiel also knows when I'm high, he says he noticed a lot more lately that when I'm extremely high the bird seems to get agitated and paces back and forth on one of his perch's and does this sort of screeching sound as he paces. I hadn't noticed but the next time I get an extreme high I'll pay better attention to the bird, maybe he is just jealous of the dog sitting with me and whining and gets annoyed by the sounds the dog makes lol

Randy42 2009-03-02 18:39:59 -0600 Report

Hi there, yes I have a cat his name is Thomas. He knows when I start feeling foggy. Because he starts with his crying sound at my sons bedroom door and running back to me to check on me. When he gets my sons attention then he stays right with me. I think it's since that something is wrong. I don't know.
That is a protective bird you got there. Thats great too.

BeckyJ 2009-03-02 18:18:56 -0600 Report

My cat Katie (a 9 year old white egyptian/persian mix) will always let me know when my sugar is dropping. She'll rub between my legs or pat my chest and yell her head off. The rest of the time she never even meows and will spend the majority of her day sitting on the dryer and ignoring me. She also will let me know when my Mom's not feeling well. She will come and find me wherever I am and yell until I go and check on Mom, then she will sit at her feet until she's doing better. She used to just stare and stare at my Dad but stopped that soon after he had his by-pass surgery. Now she's back to ingnoring him completely. We know everyone in the house is doing fine if she's back on her perch on the dryer and sleeping the day away…until she wants her litter box cleaned and hisses at us.

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Two painful feet 2009-03-01 20:54:17 -0600 Report

I have a blue eyed bermese cat. If I'm sick she will get on my chest and stare at me. She will stay there for hours until i start to feel better. Her name is Lucy Blue eyes.

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CutiePie2 2009-03-02 15:43:21 -0600 Report

Sounds like a sweet kitty. I have 2 cats 1 is 13yrs she does stay with me when I am not feeling well. But my 2yr old pushes me with her paw. You got to love them.

joni55 2010-04-06 11:35:33 -0500 Report

I have a beagle named Charlie 15, and 2 cats Puff and Ashley. Puff, as I recently found out from records, is 18! I must be doing something right. I never take them to the vet and don't feed them the best food, but they are still around. Charlie usually sleeps in the living room, but if I am sick she is in bed with me, laying right behind my knees. (By the way, Charlie is female. I loved my great uncle dearly, but couldn't deal with a male dog again.)

Bluebutterfly 2009-03-01 18:45:36 -0600 Report

I do believe that animals know when you are not well or that something is wrong. I have a yorkie that is 7 yrs old and ever since we got him at six weeks he knows when me or my husband are not feeling good. He lays somewhere close if not directly on you.If we are feeling ok he does his own thing.very bossy usully

GabbyPA 2009-02-28 11:02:45 -0600 Report

My pups have never done some of the amazing things your guys have. That is so neat how they can figure things out. My mix girl will stay glued to me when I am not feeling well. I think she babysits me. My boy...well, he lives in a different world. He is always "talking" to us, but we just can't figure out what he means. He carries on a conversation, and sometimes you just have to wonder. They are incredible creature.

2009-02-28 06:36:05 -0600 Report

You all probably know I have three cocker spaniels. My oldest, Rudee is almost 9. When I go hypo I go into major panic. They are outside dogs but I will let Rudee come in. I lay on my couch and he sits on my chest and stares and licks me all he can (ugh) until my sugar starts to come up. The first time he did it, I was amazed. As soon as my BS gets back to normal, he jumps up and goes exploring all over the house! Strange fact but true!

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Meridian - 26751 2009-02-28 05:19:34 -0600 Report

Both of my Shih Tzu's know when my arthritis is really bothering me. They take turns curling up on the joints that hurt the most. By adding their body heat and the pressure of their body weight it really does relieve the pain. They do the same for my wife and she was the one who noticed this behavior. They do what they can.

rbergman 2009-02-27 22:36:31 -0600 Report

We have a Boston Terrier that is my rescue dog, we got him from a lady that had had a stroke and he was the one in her face licking her to wake her after she'd fallen. He has woke either me myself, or my husband twice when I was low and sits by my feet and whines when I'm really high, which is a lot lately. He was never trained but he is a huge help for me that he is the way he is.

dyanne 2009-02-28 00:31:44 -0600 Report

That is so cool I have 2 dogs that I adore but they have never done that. My one that I rescued if she ever hears me cry she will come running and sit by me and look worried.
thanks dyanne

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