The aftershocks appear to be over now and after experiencing my first real earthquake in a non-earthquake area I have but one question…do animals know before an earthquake happens?
I’m still vacuuming up glass and my cat and dog appear to be back to normal. Yesterday before the quake, they were not!
Seismologists laugh at the notion of animals predicting these catastrophes.’ And studies have failed since there is no way for us, only humans, to predict a quake in order to study animal behavior.
I have heard that it is not uncommon for cats and dogs to behave erratically before a quake. Many pets go missing as well. And they don’t find a lot of animal bodies in the rubble. Our four legged friends somehow know and prepare.
Early yesterday my dog was extremely antsy. My cat, Olivia, disappeared somewhere in the house and I couldn’t find her in any of her hiding places, odd behavior for a cat that so loves her breakfast. My stepdaughter was asleep and her dog woke her up right before the tremors started. I had to go over to my brother’s house to help him look for his cat that went missing. Olivia reappeared around 10 p.m. last night long after the last aftershock. Not exactly a study, I know, and I am aware that it has been 100 years since the last quake, but still just to be sure, I’m sticking with the pets… “Here kitty, kitty, kitty.”
Maybe not that one! He looks a wee bit scarier than the quake!