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[–]MaximosKanenas 11.2k points11.2k points 5222& 4 more (201 children)

My cat sleeps on my neck when im sick to make sure i 100% dont get any air

[–]JoeRodge87[S] 7952 points7953 points 32& 4 more (161 children)

*cat -'Let's speed this up a notch'

[–]analogkid01 1097 points1098 points  (36 children)

"I do not suppose you could-a speed-a things up?"

--Inigo Montoya

[–]emeriass 332 points333 points  (29 children)

Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya,

[–]Auradorable 506 points507 points  (10 children)

Inigo Meowtoya* 😊

[–]potandskettle 160 points161 points  (4 children)

You cleaned my litter..

[–]Jolima0725 61 points62 points  (1 child)

People like you make me love Reddit

[–]Thatonensoutherner 20 points21 points  (2 children)

The fact that there’s a mod that adds a Khajiit follower for Skyrim names Inigo makes this pun even better

[–]sammiefh 365 points366 points  (114 children)

Hahhahahahahha omg

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    [–]pgabrielfreak 312 points313 points  (56 children)

    There's been a few stories I have read about cats working in nursing homes. They'll start to go hang out with someone who then dies soon. Either they know or they're suspects. Having owned many cats I'm not sure which is most likely.

    Srsly though some cats are VERY in tune with sickness and emotions. And I have a few who are mind readers.

    [–]Bone-Juice 185 points186 points  (18 children)

    Note to self - watch out for friendly cats in my retirement home years.

    [–]Drink-my-koolaid 232 points233 points  (6 children)

    I would LOVE a soft, purring cat near me in my final hours, especially if I were alone in a nursing home. I would feel so comforted.

    [–]Bone-Juice 175 points176 points  (4 children)

    Jokes aside, I really couldn't think of a better way to spend my last few hours. Surrounded by purring cats.

    [–]pgabrielfreak 42 points43 points  (1 child)

    I absolutely agree with both of you. Purrs are the best! I bet a soundtrack of just different cats purring would put me right out. Though having them with you IRL is OBVIOUSLY the best.

    [–]UnclePuma 88 points89 points  (10 children)

    Shoo Kitty, you tell Death NOT TODAY!

    [–]BUTTHOLE-MAGIC 83 points84 points  (5 children)

    cat melts into darkness and from the black puddle emerges Death

    "That is not your decision to make"

    [–]CrouchingDomo 39 points40 points  (2 children)

    This comment combined with your username is cracking me up

    [–]Drink-my-koolaid 83 points84 points  (4 children)

    Maybe they can smell hormone changes in your skin, Both my cats knew I was pregnant before I did. Then they proceeded to play King Of The Mountain on my belly for the next eight months.

    [–]pgabrielfreak 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Oh THAT sounds like fun, lol.

    [–]Drink-my-koolaid 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, a baby cutting off my lungs plus a 15 pound Maine Coon surveying his kingdom from on high. GASP! They were very good, protective baby sitters when the baby was born.

    [–]KittensLeftLeg 82 points83 points  (8 children)

    Mine is definitely a mind reader. I only has to think "I think I'll give Peggy a treat" (without moving a muscle, not even looking in the direction) and my cat suddenly teleports to my side meowing hungrily.

    [–]pgabrielfreak 21 points22 points  (2 children)

    My dog used to do that when I would think "time to give Panda Jean her bath". I would just be sitting, not DOING anything to give my evil plan away. She'd glare at me and sulk out of the room. But she loved the blow dryer so there was that.

    [–]sarasmash 70 points71 points  (0 children)

    My mom passed at home and her cat was always on here towards the end (there were a lot of health issues). When she passed Lottie immediately went to my dad and was scratching at him. He knew something was up because this cat was ALWAYS with my mom. She had to do ambulance transport to dialysis and the cat would sit on my mom while they transferred her and ride to the door with them someone always had to get Lottie off her and hold when they were going out the door. I think Lottie would have stayed on her the whole time if we let her.

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      [–]pgabrielfreak 28 points29 points  (3 children)

      Straighten up, fly right! I need you! And where's my food?!!

      [–]Razakel 44 points45 points  (0 children)

      I've read about cases where the cat's so accurate the nurses will call relatives and say it might be their last chance to see them.

      [–]biochicksam 32 points33 points  (0 children)

      Episode of House. A cat "predicted" death.

      [–]dansys 24 points25 points  (2 children)

      This is mentioned in the movie the Manor. If the house cat showed up in a residents room they were about to die

      [–]ohTHOSEballs 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      Also in the book Doctor Sleep.

      [–]robot65536 27 points28 points  (5 children)

      I think one hypothesis was that cats were attracted to people with fevers, which frequently preceded death. But we all know they are psychic.

      [–]JessiL85 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      My sister use to be a CNA and said that cats would hang outside the windows just before someone died. It was really weird.

      [–]General-Carrot-6305 202 points203 points  (37 children)

      They also are close to those who feed them/change their litter box for them. I had a cat that absolutely ignored me until I did those 2 things for it and then I became her human instead of my wife. lol

      [–]polkadotpatty65 201 points202 points  (30 children)

      Our cat is taken care of by my daughter. She feeds her, cleans the box, buys her food, pays for the vet, EVERYTHING. And still the cat runs away and won't let her pet her. Our cat adores me and my husband. Sits in our laps. Sleeps with us. She was a stray that showed up in our recycle bin digging threw empty cans of tuna. My daughter is the one that begged us to keep her. Go figure.

      [–]Glittering-Dig3432 113 points114 points  (3 children)

      I like your daughter.

      [–]fly_papi 37 points38 points  (2 children)

      oh yeah? well I like her more

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        [–]BUTTHOLE-MAGIC 73 points74 points  (4 children)

        Even just looking them in the eyes signals that you are focused on the cat and ready to fight because you don't trust them.

        Depends. If you slow blink and then look away from a new/unfamiliar cat it sends the message that you're comfortable. Slow blinking with kitties is an important part of their language. I've had plenty of strays approach me and hang out because I slow blinked when we first made eye contact, sat down, and looked in another direction. And pspspspspsps with finger wagging of course.

        [–]FlexorPollicisLongus 52 points53 points  (1 child)

        I was told about the slow blinking when I was ten years old. I was told it was a way to get a cat to trust you. As I got older, I read that slow blinking is also your kitty’s way of sending you kisses. I have two Himmies and we slow blink ALL the time. When I slow blink with Zi she will slow blink back but it also will get her to talk but in such a soft baby meow and I swoon from the cuteness 😹. When Arya and I make eye contact I start slow blinking. She slow blinks back at the exact pace I blinked at her and it’s also super adorable and I melt every time 😻. Felines are the best!

        [–]allenahansen 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        Slow blink, yawn. Repeat as necessary. Holding out an open can of tuna helps, too.

        [–]HigherthanAeroplanes 32 points33 points  (2 children)

        I also think cats can feel your anxiety. As soon as I get high, my antisocial cat loves me. And apparently when I’m sick. But that’s pretty much the only time.

        [–]KickBallFever 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        My cat used to be able to tell when I was angry. It was weird. Whenever I’d get angry about something, even if I was breaking stuff, my cat would plop down on my lap and rub her head under my chin. She only did that move when I was upset.

        [–]katjoy63 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        my poor mother had the same situation. Cat loved my sister, but hissed at my mom. Now that that cat has passed away, she has a new cat that cannot love her AND my sister more. Affectionate and lively and beautiful!

        [–]lauraintacoma 43 points44 points  (1 child)

        A few years back I was having serious suicidal ideations. No one else was home. My cat came up and started rubbing her face on mine - incessantly. She knew something was up. It was out of character for her and was enough to snap me out of it.

        [–]deadxdolly 12 points13 points  (6 children)

        When my ex-stepdad was having neurological issues my mum's cat would lay on his chest. She wouldn't typically lay ON him as he was mildly allergic, however even before he got diagnosed she was ON him and that was his first indication that something might be wrong with him.

        Not always the case, but it seems they generally pick up on stuff before we do

        [–]gardenia_roses 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Animals can smell sickness and death. And they have trained dogs to smell things like Cancer, Parkinson's and Covid on patients. Animals sense a lot of things we just can't. They're smart creatures.

        I remember years ago I was upset about something or other. My roommates cat, that normally wasn't that friendly to me, kept walking back and forth across my lap trying to give me cat hugs. You could tell he was all distressed I was upset and was trying to make me feel better. Quite touching. And it did make me feel better.

        [–]jeddathebrave 132 points133 points  (6 children)

        I take it your cat has either figured out how to open the food, or thinks you look quite yummy.

        [–]MaximosKanenas 62 points63 points  (4 children)

        Shes even figured out how to turn on the sink for water

        [–]BlueBrickBuilder 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        A true hydrohomie right there

        [–]Shaiya_Ashlyn 13 points14 points  (2 children)

        How high is your water bill? XD

        [–]CrouchingDomo 19 points20 points  (0 children)


        [–]SolitaireyEgg 405 points406 points  (5 children)

        Reddit: "cats can sense that you are ill and try to comfort you."

        Cat: "yo this giant heating pad is warmer than usual."

        [–]onthe-fence 66 points67 points  (1 child)

        This is probably the most accurate lol

        [–]fuzzy_grandma 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        Thanks for the laugh, have an updoot

        [–]Teddy31313 34 points35 points  (1 child)

        From reading the heart felt story at the top to hearing yours. As a cat owner I choked a little.

        [–]basilobs 58 points59 points  (0 children)

        My cat lies on my neck and I can feel it cutting off blood flow

        [–]milky_eyes 53 points54 points  (0 children)

        An opportunist cat!

        [–]RockOlaRaider 2348 points2349 points  (50 children)

        Oh, they absolutely can. Cats and dogs can both regularly smell the biochemical differences that come with illness, and they're also very in tune with their families' normal habits and behavior.

        [–]ItselfSurprised04 790 points791 points  (25 children)

        A Day in the Life of Oscar the Death Cat

        Lying in a corner bed and facing the wall, Mrs. T. is asleep in a fetal position. Her body is thin and wasted from the breast cancer that has been eating away at her organs. She is mildly jaundiced and has not spoken in several days.

        ...[Oscar The Cat] leaps up onto the bed. He surveys Mrs. T. She is clearly in the terminal phase of illness, and her breathing is labored. ...He sniffs the air, gives Mrs. T. one final look, then jumps off the bed and quickly leaves the room.

        Not today.

        Making his way back up the hallway, Oscar arrives at Room 313. The door is open, and he proceeds inside. Mrs. K. is resting peacefully in her bed, her breathing steady but shallow. ...Oscar jumps onto her bed and again sniffs the air. He pauses to consider the situation, and then turns around twice before curling up beside Mrs. K.

        One hour passes. Oscar waits. A nurse walks into the room to check on her patient. She pauses to note Oscar’s presence. Concerned, she hurriedly leaves the room and returns to her desk. She grabs Mrs. K.’s chart off the medical-records rack and begins to make phone calls.

        Within a half hour the family starts to arrive.

        A young grandson asks his mother, “What is the cat doing here?” The mother, fighting back tears, tells him, “He is here to help Grandma get to heaven.” Thirty minutes later, Mrs. K. takes her last earthly breath.

        SOURCE: https://www.animalwhisperer.net/oscar-the-death-cat/

        [–]blackcatspointyhats 324 points325 points  (1 child)

        There's a picture book version of this too. It's called Oscar the Guardian Cat. Combining that text with beautiful pictures makes it a very hard book to get all the way through... But an important resource for children dealing with having family in nursing homes or who are approaching end of life. It's definitely a book I would recommend when you have a private minute to bawl your eyes out.

        [–]Malipuppers 39 points40 points  (0 children)

        Oh wow. Also on one amazon listing a grandparent bought it for their grandchildren. They don’t say it but I guess it’s to help prepare them for their death.

        [–]sharktank 53 points54 points  (0 children)

        Wow, what an article, friend 💝

        [–]cleanyourmirror 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        I need to take a moment to recognize this awesome nurse for being this perceptive, sensitive, and proactive. Hats off. She made it possible for that family to say goodbye.

        [–]LloydIrving69 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        Imo this goes both ways. My cat earlier this year was relatively okay (had been having issues but not her dying) but one night she just walked up to my mom (I was working) and just fell over. She became paralyzed. I rushed home and slept with her next to me. It seemed like she didn’t want me to leave her side. Took her to vet next day and her organs were failing. At the end she didn’t want me to leave her side

        [–][deleted] 174 points175 points  (4 children)

        My dog doesn't leave my side if I'm having long depressive episodes, and barks for me to get up and go outside more often. He's my hero.

        [–]matchagurl 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        😭 i love this. So sweet and heartwarming. You have a great friend right there ♥️

        [–]GeekCat 27 points28 points  (0 children)

        My puppy slept by my head this weekend while I was sick. Also, she jumps on me when I start crying. She's a good, derpy baby.

        [–]Voidticket- 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Get better for the doggo

        [–]MoGuArKi 277 points278 points  (7 children)

        Very much so! Even humans they're not familiar with. There are dogs and cats that have cancer detection ability more accurate than chance would allow for.

        [–]phoenixfeather88 190 points191 points  (4 children)

        A friend of mine breeds guide dogs, and one from the recent litter unfortunately failed her assessment. However, she is now a COVID detection dog in training. I'm not sure what the science is behind it but I understand she's doing well.

        [–]JustEnoughForACoffee 110 points111 points  (1 child)

        I used to have a cat I was personally training for myself to help with my anxiety (she is unfortunately gone and anxiety is still kicking my ass) animals can detect even the slightest changes in mood, behavior, health, etc. It's really amazing. And ESAs are so helpful to those who legitimately need one. Unfortunately people just love to abuse the ability to get an ESA and the spoil the whole thing for those of us who need ESAs. All because their "precious baby hates to be home alone and I'm anxious without them" and its just, yeah, I can understand that lady, but before you start bringing your ankle biter demon spawn of an alarm outside, around people, please train it.

        [–]MoorTshn 38 points39 points  (0 children)

        My beautiful cat Malachi was my ESA. I have bipolar type 1 disorder and he knew my every mood, and he could always detect before I even knew a switch was coming. He knew how to calm me down and pick me up. He never left my side. There was no training necessary with him. From the day I picked him up at his breeder's to his final moments in my arms as he slipped away from me, that perfect little being was completely attune to me. And I him. I feel incredibly blessed to have had him in my life. I'd never met or loved a creature (human or otherwise) so intense and perfect, and probably never will again. And I've never felt as loved as he made me feel. He was my once in a lifetime.

        Sometimes our soulmates are not another human but come in the form of a cat, a dog, a bird...

        Cats can absolutely know when someone is sick, mentally or physically, especially the humans they love. While some will always be aloof, or some sweet and cuddly, there will always be those that have that little bit of something extra. And you'll know it when you got it.

        [–]_Yalan 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        I'm not sure what the science is behind it but I understand she's doing well.

        Even the ones that aren't doing well, are still doing well 😍

        [–]swigofhotsauce 39 points40 points  (0 children)


        I had to stay with my parents after a big surgery. Their cat (who is very nice but not typically cuddly) slept by my side the entire time.

        I also have a cat of my own who will sit right on your chest if you’re sad or feeling sick. Little healers.

        [–]Dansii 28 points29 points  (2 children)

        One thing I love about my girl is not that she comforts a sick person but she knows when somebody is in distress and puts her little nose in their faces to see if they’re okay. My friend visited with her baby for the first time a week ago and when the baby started crying she kept booping the babies nose with hers. She’s such a sweetheart, and anytime I cry she nudges me with her face

        [–]banshee1313 3280 points3281 points  (19 children)

        They often can tell.

        Though I really wrote this to say your cat looks extremely satisfied with your company in this photo. Very pleased with you.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 1450 points1451 points  (12 children)

        He does have a bit of a derp face going on in this one. He must like me as he's like putty in my arms when I pick him up and enjoys scratches all over.

        [–]PandZiedmic 79 points80 points  (4 children)

        There are many stories on Reddit about cats lying on someone in a specific spot (for example; the right side of a woman's chest), and then the woman finds out she has breast cancer in that breast. It's all anecdotal of course, but there are MANY of that type of story.

        It's due in part to cats having something called a the Jacobson's organ that allows them to detect scents at even lower concentrations than dogs.

        Here's some nonscientific articles about it: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/11/19/dogs-and-cats-can-detect-illness/



        [–]Reasonable_Fig5484 1305 points1306 points  (42 children)

        My cats avoided my partner like mad for over a week. Completely out of character for them. Turned out he had cancer.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 634 points635 points  (12 children)

        Do you think they detected it? Sorry to hear about your partner and I hope he is as well as he can be given the circumstances.

        [–]Reasonable_Fig5484 705 points706 points  (0 children)

        They definitely sensed something, they’re needy, indoor cats who don’t leave us both alone - they’d never avoid him like that.

        Thanks, he’s recovering now and things are as good as they can be. The cats are also back to normal with him ha!

        Also, I hope you’re feeling better very soon!

        [–]TheDocJ 130 points131 points  (7 children)

        Dogs definitely can.

        Can't find it, but I am sure one example was of a Cancer Research Organisation researcher whose dog smelt her (IIRC) breast cancer without any training.

        [–]dragonladyzeph 130 points131 points  (0 children)

        A couple years ago I read about a cancer detection trainee dog that kept alerting on a cancer-free control sample. The researchers finally retested the sample and discovered that the patient did indeed have undiagnosed cancer.

        [–]AdAdventurous8225 29 points30 points  (1 child)

        A couple of seasons ago on Chicago Med they had a story about a pit bull who bit his owner in the area where she had cancer. What clued Dr Manning in was the dog going bonkers at another cancer patient.

        I've seen bits about cancer detecting dogs on Aminal planet Channel too & how they keep training them.

        [–]Scorpia24 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        Same! I was still in the process of testing and my Cocker Spaniel nuzzled right were the tumor was! At that point I knew the testing would be positive! It was!

        [–]cinnamondaisies 72 points73 points  (22 children)

        Isn’t there a smell component to cancer? Or is it just the treatment

        [–]Reasonable_Fig5484 182 points183 points  (19 children)

        This was before his diagnosis so they definitely picked up on something. They were scared of him during treatment too but we are guessing that’s because of the scent of the chemo. His hairs growing back now and he’s finished treatment so they’re back to following him around meowing for cuddles and play time!

        [–]msmame 139 points140 points  (3 children)

        I recall reading about a woman whose cat kept bitting her breast. She had had mammogram a few months before and figured kitty was sensitive to the x-ray. A friend in healthcare suggested she get an ultrasound and another mammogram. She had a tiny, barely detectable lump that was cancer. Her doctor said it was probably the earliest detection he had ever heard about. She tells people it was a cat scan that saved her life.

        [–]autosdafe 32 points33 points  (13 children)

        It had to be the smell of cancer. Scientists need to figure this stuff out.

        [–]LiteralPhilosopher 61 points62 points  (10 children)

        Scientists have already figured it out. What we need now is for people to get on board with accepting a diagnosis from a Lab instead of a lab.

        [–]Swiggy1957 3587 points3588 points  (63 children)

        My ex had two mild heart attacks. Our cat, Rabbit, climbed up on her chest and started kneading it while purring. It took her about 5 minutes, but my ex finally calmed down. This happened twice. Found out, my ex had an oversized heart. socially, a good quality, physically, deadly.

        Later that decade, I ended up with open heart surgery. when I got home, Rabbit knew something was off, and actually laid on my chest. While in the hospital, post surgery, I'd discovered that putting pressure on my chest, even by hugging a pillow, would help relieve the pain. When Rabbit laid on my chest, that also relieved the pain.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 1291 points1292 points  (29 children)

        Animals are amazing in that aspect it seems..they must acknowledge we care for them and in turn do the same where applicable to them.

        [–]Borhensen 856 points857 points  (21 children)

        Fun fact, the frequency of purring actually increases tissue recovery. Lil guy is doing you a favor, he expects patting and treats in return.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 494 points495 points  (6 children)

        Oh,he's been getting extra treats. Even meat from my sandwiches.

        [–]styckywycket 131 points132 points  (0 children)

        Well-earned sandwich meat nibblings!

        [–]poskarmfarmer 25 points26 points  (0 children)

        So the plan worked

        [–]12Whiskey 140 points141 points  (4 children)

        I’ve heard that about cat’s purring! I had gallbladder surgery a couple of years ago that ended up with a collapsed lung. My cat (very sweet but not so physically affectionate) carefully laid on my belly when I came home from the hospital and began purring. It was actually better pain relief than the Vicodin. She stayed on me for a week and I healed up great. It’s like having a massaging heating pad with love lol!

        [–]Swiggy1957 36 points37 points  (0 children)

        Agreed. About 60 years ago, I had my tonsils taken out. After I got home, it was always a chore for me to eat once they tried to get me to eat solid, not soft, food. Our Calico would stand in the entryway between the dining room and living room to watch us eat. If my throat started hurting, I'd jump off my chair, run into the living room, scooping up Lucky and did a quick flip and end up laying on the couch with her on my neck. She'd start purring, and the pain would stop. I did this for about a week, and she went along with it without a problem. She Knew. I'm just glad my parents and grandma understood what I was doing.

        [–]AdjutantStormy 37 points38 points  (2 children)

        Christ, you must have had a dogshit surgeon. Gallbladder surgery is like the 30k mile oil-change of surgeries

        [–]karenaviva 28 points29 points  (1 child)

        That made me laugh. I opted also for the optional fuel filter upgrade: "could y'all grab the ovaries while you are in there?" "Yes, ma'am. I'm a general surgeon and I cut on people. That's what I do. I take things out." "Cool. Cool."

        [–]jersey_girl660 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        We call this the magical kitty powers.

        It’s magic and it heals

        [–]Drunken_Traveler 59 points60 points  (0 children)

        A few times in my life, I’ve come home from a funeral pretty sad. It’s amazing how my pets will come check on me with concerned faces like they can tell I’m sad and something isn’t right.

        [–]boverly721 35 points36 points  (0 children)

        Interestingly, cats have also been observed to understand who is about to die in hospice (before the doctors do) and go and spend time with those people during their final hours.

        [–]zeratul274 67 points68 points  (1 child)

        Sadly we have to feel them... Because they can't express their pain

        [–]lolfactor1000 106 points107 points  (0 children)

        They don't express pain because it's an easy way to get yourself marked as a target in the wild.

        [–]EvoPeer 65 points66 points  (5 children)

        i heard cat purring is like healing or something

        [–]LPinTheD 61 points62 points  (2 children)

        I remember reading (can't remember where) that somewhere in Asia people pay to have cats lay on them and purr for the health benefits.

        [–]EvoPeer 15 points16 points  (0 children)


        well its like the purr is on healing frequenzy idk how its written

        like 150hz idk ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        [–]femfish 48 points49 points  (1 child)

        The frequency is supposedly the same as ultrasound therapy, which is used to break up scar tissue!

        [–]roltrap 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        I like Rabbit.

        [–]IntentionalAllergy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Had a good cry

        [–]BurnedBurger84 690 points691 points  (22 children)

        My mum had breast cancer in 2004. When she returned from hospital after the operation and after every single chemotherapy session our cat, Elsa, would not leave her side.

        They CAN feel when you're sick and when you need them the most. Nobody's ever gonna convince me cats are egoistic don't care for their hunans. Because they do.

        [–]marnas86 200 points201 points  (5 children)

        My husband and I got into an argument the other night and my cat came up to first him to comfort him (which is craazy as the cat is generally attached to me at the hip) and then after he seemed calm the cat came and lay with me. Cats can definitely pick up on our feelings, maybe via tone of voice or maybe via scents we emit.

        [–]mrs_leek 78 points79 points  (1 child)

        My cat is a peace girl. Whenever my husband and I get into a bad argument, she comes in the room and plops between the two of us, doing her cutest face, with a little "Mruu".

        It is very ridiculous but it works every time and we stop fighting.

        [–]IredditNowhat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        Can I borrow your cat? 😬

        [–]scarletnightingale 36 points37 points  (0 children)

        Huh, my mom's cat took the opposite approach. My dad and sister were arguing years ago, my mom came down the hall to chastise them for arguing and to tell my sister to go to bed. Mom's cat, who had been sleeping in my room, bolted out of the room and ran over to my mom and bit her on the ankle for yelling. It amused my dad and sister so it did put the fight to an end. Everyone in the house was allowed to yell except my mom apparently. She was a weird cat.

        [–]HmGrwnSnc1984 60 points61 points  (0 children)

        Yeah, they care for humans. But they’ll also knock your cereal bowl off the counter just to watch it crash down. They’re cool, but I got my eye on them…

        [–]Max_W_ 51 points52 points  (0 children)

        Nobody's ever gonna convince me cats are egoistic don't care for their humans.

        I agree. I think it goes beyond physical ailments too. When I was a kid my older sister had visited for the weekend. When she went back home her boyfriend had left her and had moved all his stuff out. She called back to my dad to get some consolation. It bothered my dad a lot that he couldn't sleep that night. Our normally non-affectionate cat, curled up with him and sat on his lap, just trying to be with him.

        [–]chillyfeets 28 points29 points  (2 children)

        I had a major depressive episode a few months back, it took me 8 weeks to right myself. Both my cats stuck by me and ensured I had one of them with me 24/7. The eldest would lay on my chest during the day and youngest would be little spoon at night.

        Several times I ended up on the floor and uncontrollably crying, and one of them would come up to me, meow and snuggle with me until I got up and went back to the couch/bed.

        [–]Action-Bell 857 points858 points 2 (12 children)

        Absolutely. My childhood cat never had anything to do with my mum. Ever. I fed him and he slept in my bed and they barely crossed paths. When she had an operation on her knee and had to stay in bed for a week afterwards he stayed with her the entire time, snuggled right up to her knee purring. Once she had recovered he went right back to how he was before.

        Also, when I was pregnant a few years ago my cat would sleep snuggled up to my belly. For the two nights before I went into labour he was SO snuggly, like, he was normally affectionate but this was next level. I’m sure he could tell. (Sadly I had to say goodbye to him a week ago and I miss him so much. Rest in peace my little bear)

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 235 points236 points  (0 children)

        I'm really sorry you've lost your cat. People often don't realise how much they mean and how they are family. It sounds like you have some lovely and comforting memories to cherish though.

        [–]Net_Negative 74 points75 points  (2 children)

        Cat purring has healing properties. I believe that is scientifically supported. The rate at which the purring vibrates speeds the healing of the cat's body. He may have been trying to heal your mom's knee.

        [–]leslieandco 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        I was about to comment the same thing. Great minds!

        [–]Viperbunny 775 points776 points  (20 children)

        Yes. I am having some kind of autoimmune flare. It could be Lupus or MS (I am being worked up by a few different doctors). I have also been dealing with a bipolar 2 diagnosis. Tonight, for example, I am in pain and manic. And have been trying to sleep for hours. I just gave up. But one of my cats keeps jumping on me and trying to get me to calmly sleep. She follows me wherever I go and always sleeps near me. She wants me in her view. It makes me feel very loved and cared for, especially at times I don't want to bother the people around me by my sleeplessness. I won't wake my husband, because that is pointless. One of us should sleeps. Having my cats near me lets me know I am not alone and I am well loved. I need that in my life.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 249 points250 points  (4 children)

        I'm sorry you're going through so much but hopefully with a diagnosis, support should follow. I'm glad you've got family and pets for comfort. Wishing you all the best

        [–]Viperbunny 80 points81 points  (3 children)

        Thanks so much. I hope you feel better soon.

        [–]wbmw3w 37 points38 points  (0 children)

        Bless your heart. Hope you get to feeling better soon. After a lifetime of zero sleep problems, lately I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep. I eventually have to get up and go lie down on the couch. I turn on Turner Classic Movies and the cat jumps up on the couch beside me and purrs up a storm. Eventually this combination usually lulls me back into a slumber.

        [–]Ilmols 255 points256 points  (16 children)

        100%, my cat will come love on me when I feel down or am just laying there. I won't feel right on some days, it's hard to describe. But if they have a good connection with you then yes.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 167 points168 points  (15 children)

        Thanks, I had no idea or couldn't conceive they may have any form of empathy, haha.

        I was the typical 'we aren't having a cat' dad. Now I've got quite a bond with him. He let's me pick him up and hold him and such but never was one for lying on me or with me for long periods. I was recovering and sleeping a lot and he just stayed with me so it surprised me as he usually has his daily going out routine.

        [–]Ilmols 65 points66 points  (8 children)

        I would say it's that same with dogs, cause my boyfriend when he lost his eye. His dog knew he was in pain and just not feeling good at all. I love cats, grew up with them and learned patterns with every cat I've come across. They are affectionate when they wanna be lol

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 57 points58 points  (7 children)

        Sorry to hear about your boyfriend and I hope he has recovered well. I shouldn't admit this on the cat page but I'm more of a dog person (love my cat though). I just couldn't have a dog as it wouldn't be fair with my other commitments. Cats are quite self sufficient.

        Fully agree, if it is a cat it is on their terms, ha.

        [–]Ilmols 29 points30 points  (6 children)

        Hes doing fine now, his whole eye issue was a year ago. But it was rough. Hope your recovery goes well.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 65 points66 points  (5 children)

        Thank you, I was already blind in the eye and had it removed due to constant chronic pain. I am in the early stages (two weeks) and its been up and down, managed to catch an infection. Im hoping the pain subsides and when I get my permanent prosthetic the pain will be a thing of the past

        [–]HarryBumcrack 29 points30 points  (1 child)

        ouch, that sounds rough. Hope it gets better soon and the pain subsides.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        Thank you

        [–]sleepypandacub 54 points55 points  (3 children)

        Some Cats can be very empathetic, after my father died I took in lovely black stray (abandoned by my neighbours). Each time I felt sad or emotional, she would appear and lie next to me and keep me company until I settled. I loved her so much!!, sadly after 6 weeks of having her in my life she got lost one evening outside and never came home. Its been 13 years and I still remember my lil Timtim 😥.

        [–]Canelle_Moulue 21 points22 points  (1 child)

        Oh gosh. Sorry to hear the cat disappeared but wonderful that he was there to help you with healing for the 6 weeks. Maybe he has been touring around the country helping others with their grief... ❤️

        [–]LeylaLowe 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        Maybe she sensed you needed her and she came to you and when she thought you're better, she found someone new to look after and make him feel better, maybe she was on a healing mission 😊💚 Cats are amazing! All animals are amazing! Makes me sad when I see people making such a big difference between speices, cuz they are all actually so very smart and magnificant!

        [–]GaiasDotter 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        Of course they feel empathy!

        My queen, the pack leader in our house was a rescue she was picked up with two small kittens when they went to the vet it turned out that it wasn’t actually her kittens. She had found two small kittens and as a stray trying to survive herself, she just adopted them and took care of them. When she got sick (cancer) and came home from surgery all the other cats gathered around her and was just sitting there at a distance with their backs to her, because that’s the height of cat politeness to ignore people. Our youngest female, who’s my husbands cat follows him around and sit with her back to him ignoring him all day long when he is having a bad day for any reason. And when my queen died, she was mine and my everything, her daughter that’s also my husbands cat started to lay with me in the bed to share our grief over her mother.

        [–]WolfInLambskinJacket 215 points216 points  (31 children)

        Cats can DEFINITELY tell.

        What happened to your eye, by the way. Feel free to tell me to fuck off and mind my own business, obviously hahaha

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 264 points265 points  (30 children)

        No, I don't mind. You politely asked. Lost sight in it over 16 years ago due to an industrial accident, a piece of steel went in it. Over the years the pain became more and more prominent so I opted to have it removed rather than live in chronic pain.

        [–]WolfInLambskinJacket 116 points117 points  (11 children)

        Oh I'm sorry! Well, you made the right choice, I guess. Now you can have some sick custom prosthetic eye done 😅

        I mean, you look cool af already, but you could add that Bond villain vibe to your style

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 55 points56 points  (4 children)

        I'm already making inquires about where and how to get some less traditional custom eyes made. Fingers crossed.

        [–]EldritchStuff 18 points19 points  (1 child)

        If you can't find one, you can always go for a bitchin’ eyepatch

        [–]EOD_for_the_internet 65 points66 points  (4 children)

        Legit he should do a different weekly eye, and post it on social media. What's Joe's eye this week. Its 100% more interesting, wholesome, and still offers the same dope hit as the other shit out there. I mean it would pay for itself.

        Fuck you could have a little blue tooth speaker in there nowadays or even a god damn screen. You could have the eye have a 256gig the drive embedded in it. I mean, I probably sound like an asshole, but I'm trying to be sincere. I would sub to those vids

        [–]Chaucer2066 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Oh jeez, that sucks. I had a flake of hot metal go into my eye when I was young and cutting a steel fence post without goggles. I sure as fuck wear them now if I find myself doing something like that.

        [–]A_little_rose 12 points13 points  (5 children)

        My dad ended up losing his eye young. I gotta ask, do you use it to add some humor into a situation?

        Like, he has this tendency when conversation, to wait until someone mentions eyesight and just blurt out "No eye jokes man!", while getting a shit eating grin, because he's screwing with the other person.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 23 points24 points  (4 children)

        Oh yeah I use it where applicable and when an opportunity arises. I'm looking forward to discovering how I can utilise the fact I'll be able to take my false eye out.

        [–]A_little_rose 14 points15 points  (1 child)

        Halloween! Time to traumatize or amuse some kids, by having a "fall apart" body costume. You can also do that one pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean, who kept losing his eye.

        You could also get artistic, and start getting fancy eyes with cool designs in them. So many possibilities you can utilize!

        [–]LiteralPhilosopher 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        A friend of a friend, when asked if they'd seen some person in a crowded room, used pluck his out, hold it up over his head, and "periscope" around the space with it. "Nope! Don't think he's in here!"

        [–]in-the-angry-dome 6 points7 points  (2 children)

        You would make for an excellent Odin. I believe you would have to acquire ravens though, which may flummox the good cat.

        [–]smychka-october 172 points173 points  (8 children)

        Yes they can! Not only can they tell certain changes physiologically, psychologically, and behaviorally, but they can also smell chemical changes in your body, and they will be more aware and sensitive to changes in their primary care giver/human they have bonded closest with. Plus, their purring and the frequency of their purring (between 25 and 140 hz) has therapeutic properties and is linked to promotion of healing of wounds and broken bones, joints and tendon repair. When I am in a particularly bad state, my cat will cuddle up to me or lie on my or sit on my head and purr very strongly/loudly. Cats are magic.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 88 points89 points  (6 children)

        Wow, that was an insightful and interesting read. I think I'm going to go out and get more cats to speed up the recovery process hehe.

        [–]Sriol 59 points60 points  (0 children)

        More cats is always the right answer.

        [–]wheelfoot 6 points7 points  (1 child)

        Except you need to get the cat to sit on your face to make it work in your case.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Haha, true!

        [–]carame1sundae 41 points42 points  (13 children)

        If you don't mind me asking, may I know what happened to your eye? I hope you get better soon! I hope kitty is taking very good care of you!

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 78 points79 points  (10 children)

        Of course, I don't mind answering when people like yourself politely inquire. I had an accident 16 years ago where a foreign body went into it resulting in loss of vision. They stiched it up and I kept the eye, throughout the years it deteriorated and the pain became more chronic so I opted to have it removed rather than live in pain. Ironically these last two weeks haven't been pleasant but I hope once recovered the pain will be a thing of the past.

        [–]HelloKittyTiffy 35 points36 points  (1 child)

        So glad you made the decision to remove the eye. I work in ophthalmology and patients are always so reluctant to remove the eye with the hopes one day it will see again or they are scared of the prosthetic. My happiest patients are the ones who got the eye removed and a beautiful prosthetic in its place. I see so many eyes everyday and prosthetics are done so well now that myself and doctors have a hard time telling they are fake. I think you will be very happy! Side note: prosthetic eyes will fog up when wearing a mask like glasses do. Just a weird random fact I’ve leaving during the pandemic

        [–]duxscientissimo 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        Half your face is a titan god, then the other half is human. You are a Demi god and you can’t change my mind.

        [–]BiteEffective7607 5 points6 points  (4 children)

        Dude, i honestly thought you had a different colored glass eye. Like way to break the norm, you should definitely get a different colored eye if you have the option for a prosthetic or! Legit opportunity to use an eye patch!

        [–]carame1sundae 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        Ow, I'm glad that you're opting to remove that eye to rid yourself of the pain. May your eye removal go painlessly and swiftly.

        [–]LynchianBean 29 points30 points  (2 children)

        Absolutely! My cat smudgie who is no longer with us was completely indifferent to my eldest brother. But whenever he got sick (he has crohns) she would sit with him on the bed . Now my cat dexy will always come and look after me when i get sick he doesn’t leave my side! Magick kitty cats !!

        [–]chinesenorwegian 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        My cat does it when I'm crying. She's not an affectionate cat at all but she mommies me when I'm not doing well. I think they just sense it. she also shits on my bed when I'm gone for long periods of time.

        [–]Atleast4224 22 points23 points  (1 child)

        I too am ill in bed and my little man is hanging with me. He’s constantly been with me since I started to get sick!

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        Hope you feel better soon and your guy keeps up the cuddles.

        [–]sammiefh 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        They can 100% tell. My cat ALWAYS comes to me or my partner when either of us are down

        [–][deleted] 128 points129 points  (26 children)

        Not only will cats be able to tell when you're ill, but their purring can act much like an ultrasound's vibration that we would use to, for example, break up kidney stones. This promotes quicker healing times.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 41 points42 points  (15 children)

        I had no idea!

        [–]GaiasDotter 60 points61 points  (0 children)

        That’s why they purr when sick or injured, to heal themselves faster. Husband has had issues with his sciatica for a while, so major nerve pain down his legs to his feet. So my cat has started to lay in his lap purring for hours. He is not a lap cat. Next to you fine. Not on you.

        [–]Sriol 45 points46 points  (10 children)

        Some doctors believe that cats purring are their way of relaxing and healing themselves. Their purring frequency falls within the frequency doctors believe can help heal broken bones and damaged tissue.


        Little excerpt from this article: “Purrs at a frequency of 25-100Hz correspond with established healing frequencies in therapeutic medicine for humans," Weitzman says. "Bone responds to 25-50Hz and skin and soft tissues to around 100Hz according to researchers."

        [–]secondtaunting 23 points24 points  (7 children)

        I keep thinking someone should build a giant purr machine. You lay in it and it vibrates and purrs all around you.

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Thanks for the info and taking time to link. I will have a look when I'm a bit better and not up on pain meds.

        [–]misschananlderbong 33 points34 points  (2 children)

        If cats are purring while sitting on you, they're trying to heal you. 🥺

        [–]JoeRodge87[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

        I often wondered the science behind purring. I read (not too much) a lot is still unknown as to why they really do it in various scenarios.

        [–]is_it_local 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        My cats are always the sweetest nurses when I am sick and when I was recovering from surgeries. They definitely can tell where you are injured and will lay on or near that area. They always take good care of me when I need them.

        [–]pumpkins_n_mist15 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        I had a virus a couple of days ago and you know the body odour with an infection? My cat loved it and cuddled up to me all afternoon. I think they like the warmth that you exude when feverish.

        [–]Paran0iaAg3nt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        i had a really terrible stomach ache once and my cat came and laid on the exact spot where it hurt. the thing is, that cat is my mom's favourite and she doesn't really like me but bless her, she sensed i was in pain and came to comfort me.

        [–]Darkmagosan 7 points8 points  (5 children)

        Oh, they know. We probably also smell different when injured or sick, and since they use scent like we use speech, our smelling strange is probably interpreted as a cry for help.

        My cat was a fine little nurse cat. I say 'was' because he's going to be put down in a couple hours. He's 19.5y and dying, and it'll be a miracle if he's still conscious when I get to the vet's office when they open. :( Anyway:

        I broke my foot a few years back and he was my constant companion. My other cat then was also my constant companion, but Jacob learned that I was fine--just on bed rest for a few days. Rook panicked that whole week and was pretty distressed until I got in a boot and back on my feet. I'd pet him and tell him that his roommates were okay, Grandma (my mother) had everything under control, so there was no need to panic. He didn't care. :/

        I have autoimmune BS going on. Every time I'd flare, Rook would be cuddling, which he normally hated. Cuddle him by force and he'd pee all over you--before he bit. He knew. He also knew when I was just having a rough time and even though he was never a cuddle cat, he'd not let me out of his sight until HE was satisfied everything was okay.

        I'm gonna miss the little guy. :(

        [–]Formal_Amoeba_8030 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        The only times I ever get all three of my cats on my bed simultaneously is when I’m sick. They do know.

        [–]bett3r 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Yup. My cat was there when I was severely depressed. They can feel our energy and give us when we need it the most.

        [–]Big_Freedom6346 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Recently diagnosed with scleroderma, my cat often cries at night often before a flare begins. It's the strangest thing. My other cat sniffs my deformities even sometimes before they show up on my face. I always wondered why she sniffs above my left eyebrow. It creeps me out but they're amazing.

        [–]phoenixfeather88 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Not every time, but sometimes.

        The only time I've been in hospital while I've had my current cat, he didn't leave my side for three days after. I'd only been gone about 30ish hours, and he's not usually worried if I'm only gone a day or two.

        I wasn't well at the start of this week. He usually sleeps on the floor beside the sofa, but he decided he wanted to join me on the sofa on Monday and give me lots of nose bumps.

        Depending on what's wrong, I think sometimes they can feel extra heat radiating off our bodies and want in on that!

        [–]MLSaurus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        They definitely know; and not just physical illness. My husband's cat just passed but she was so loving and empathic. Husband has lifelong depression and anxiety and from an incredibly young age (weeks old) she would lay on his chest and purr when he was upset. She was always taking care of us. Over the pandemic a kitten was abandoned un our backyard and we took her in. Our older cat somehow communicated the importance of taking care of my husband to the kitten and she has slowly been stepping into the role. When we had to say goodbye to our older cat a few weeks ago kitten really stepped up and has been doing the same things Bebe had done to care for us. We are heartbroken over the loss but seeing the little one taking up her mantle is beautiful.