Yesterday we touched on a cat’s natural curiosity and how they seem to know where a guest sat even though they were several rooms away during the entire visit. I talked about how one of my cats immediately zeroed in on a something new in the room even though they were nowhere around when it was brought in. You probably have stories of your cats doing something similar. How do they do it? How is it they seem to know things that they shouldn’t know?
I like to knit. As you probably know, cats are attracted to the activity and the items involved with most craft and needlework projects—yarn, the enticing movement of needles, string, ribbon, beads, and so forth. And what’s up about a cat and a sewing project? Mine think that a piece of fabric laid out to be cut is a playground for them. And try placing a pattern piece on the fabric when the cat’s in the vicinity. Super-duper playtime. But what gets me is that even though I wait until Lily and Sophie are sleeping to quietly dig out a knitting project, it’s mere minutes before they’re sitting there with me watching the needles or at my feet rolling around with the ball of yarn or—darn it—chewing the yarn in half so that I suddenly find myself knitting with a soggy, blunt end of yarn. Some of my knit slippers have numerous knots tied because of cat interference.
How do they know when you’re working on a project—doing your taxes, for example. You wait until the cats are lolling in the sun or taking one of their many daily naps before spreading the receipts and other papers out on the dining room table. But soon the cat is awake and eager to help. Right? Is it their keen sense of hearing that alerts them? Is it that you’re suddenly quiet and they feel they’d better check to see what you’re doing? OR are cats actually psychic, which is something I’ve suspected for years.
I believe a cat can tune into what you’re thinking, especially if you think in pictures—create mind-pictures that your cat sees and reacts to. If you’re thinking about putting her into a carrier and taking her to the vet, you won’t see your cat for hours. If you need to get your hands on her now, she will be hiding as if she’s invisible. Good luck finding her. But start thinking about lunch and here she comes. How often do you just think about feeding your cat—no walking into the kitchen, no can opener or lid-pop sounds—just pure thought, and the cat walks into the room? This week try some experiments with your cat. Be conscious of what you’re thinking and watch your cat’s reaction. Would love to have you report back here—leave your comment.