Cats and Thunderstorms.

Lubbock, Texas
June 17, 2008 4:47pm CST
Is you cat afraid when a thunderstorm comes up? My Gracie is 15 years old and, until this year, when the wind started picking up and the thunder started rolling she always disappeared. I never knew where she hid, I couldn't find her. This year she gets in the has which runs down the back side of the house (mobile home), stretches out with either her belly or her back against the back wall and just lays there and snoozes. If I walk down the hall she starts meowing to let me know she's there so I won't step on her. I just find it odd that it's taken her 15 years to decide not to be afraid of storms. Have you had a cat that seemed to change behavior drastically as they got older?
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21 responses
• United States
18 Jun 08
My cat had his first experience of a thunderstorm yesterday here where I live. He is a year and 4 months old. I got him last summer in july when he was 5 months old. My cat will sit in the window and look out which he was doing and watching it pour and off and on lighting with a couple of light booms which didn't seem to bother him any. About five minutes to him being there alot of lightning then a huge BOOOOOOOOOM I never seen a cat fly out of the window across the room with hair on end like he did. I tried to call him to me but he wouldn't come he stood in shock. I felt so bad for him I had to go pick him up and hold him til he stopped shakeing. I was glad that the storm eventually passed for that was complete trauma for him. What he dosn't know is there are going to be many more of these thunderstorms and he will be scared as ever poor kitty.
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• Lubbock, Texas
18 Jun 08
Oh, poor kitty. But if that had been my cat I wouldn't have dared try to pick her up. When she's scared she fights EVERYTHING, even me! And she's got all her claws!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Hmm. Cats are very unique indeed and sometimes we just can't figure them out. Maybe she just became bold as she got older or finally saw the rain storm and liked it. Mu older cat Shadow didnt like to eat with the other cats and be near them for years . She would just hand around in the bedroom . After 3 years she now hangs near them and will eat with them . Like one big happy family .
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@gdsdb4 (173)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
I have 2 male cats, big brother Pepper ( the black one ) and baby brother Raiden. Whenever a storm is coming we know well in advance because Pepper will creep on his belly and hide in the bathroom. Raiden just looks at him like he's nuts and goes on the window sill and watches the storm. He loves lightning! I think that when cats are babies they learn these traits from one another. It also doesn't help when you live somewhere there is a lot of noise.
• Australia
18 Jun 08
All the cats I grew up with were scared of storms. They used to hide under the bed, couch or under a blanket on the bed.
@katemeow (848)
• Singapore
18 Jun 08
yes, all the cats i have and have owned are all scared of thunderstorms. i think its because they have sensitive ears and they hear the thunder really loud. as for your cat, maybe her sense of hearing has somehow lessened with age. but that's a pretty cute reaction though! haha :)
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
18 Jun 08
My male cat Jake, is afraid of storms, trucks, buses, motorcycle noises. He will be sitting in the window, and as soon as a loud sounding vehicle goes by he takes off. Such a scaredy cate. My little lady, Scoots, is a trooper the noises do not bother her, because she sleeps too much. lol
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
17 Jun 08
None of the cats I have ever owned have been afraid of storms,they have always acted as if nothing is going on ,and just slept through the storms,our dogs on the other hand sometimes freak out at the sound of a storm lol.
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@toddsarm (766)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
yes my cat is afraid when a thunderstorms come
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• United States
17 Jun 08
My 12 year old cat has just decided to start getting bothered by thunderstorms. She's started running under the couch and chilling out under there for the duration of the storm. I, too, find it interesting that she's just figured out that she's scared of storms, but I was wondering if it might be that she's losing some of her hearing and things sound differently.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
17 Jun 08
My Taj spent a week in a tree. There was a big thunderstorm while he was in it. when he was afraid of storms for almost a year and would come to me during storms. But now he's back to being like the rest and unafraid.
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Buffy - My 23 pound scaredy cat.
My tortie was born in California where there is not much rain or thunder and then we moved to Colorado where there is a LOT of thunder and lightning. She was never afraid one minute of the storms or noise. But my male cat was born in Colorado and now we live in TN where there are storms in both places and he is terrified of thunder. She would even lay in the bay window and watch the storm, calm as could be. At the first rumble of thunder he will go straight under the bed and wait for it to pass. We even have to deliver his dinner under the bed if the thunder is still rumbling. Have no idea why he is afraid of loud noises as he has never been hurt or in any danger during one, but he is.
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• United States
24 Jun 08
Yes, I do believe they change their behaviors. My Seshy turned 11 this year. Normally this time of year she is outside and will take off for a day or 2. She never really goes far away but she just stays out of site. This year, she gets off of the bed for maybe 2 hours a day..lol And when a storm is coming (which has been one right after another this year)--she usually gets up and starts running around the house. Just acting weird--I usually know one is on the way then even before I watch the weather channel..lol
@toddsarm (766)
• Canada
23 Jun 08
yes my cat is afrid off tham and we have had a lot off tham this year
@mestr12 (227)
• Philippines
21 Jun 08
My 8 year old cat is scared of thunder and lightning. She normally hides under my dressing table or she would go inside my blanket. I guess she just wants to be comforted whenever there is lightning or thunder.
@ShadoCat (92)
• United States
18 Jun 08
My cats are pretty prosaic about thunderstorms. Granted, I live in California and the storms generally take place in the mountains (40-100 miles away). So, the storms are pretty far away.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
18 Jun 08
My cats don't seem to be to bothered by the storms they just lay and sleep through them except one night when we had a really big clap of thunder my cat Frisky jumped about 4 feet in the air! My kitties are only 6 months old and not to much frightens them.
• United States
18 Jun 08
My cat has never been afraid of storms. Ever. I'm not sure why though because my dog is really afraid of storms. My cat can easily sleep through even the strongest storms while my dog sits there and shakes.
@youless (92972)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Jun 08
Yes, my cats are all afraid of the thunderstorms. Although it's quite safe for them to stay at home, but they are still very scared of it. They try to find some place to hide and that's quite interesting. I love China
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Yep, mine is a big old scaredy cat. Poor thing winches at every storm and jumps in my lap.
@wyomugs (247)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Paco USED to be, but has outgrown it. He's a changed, more "relaxed" cat since he's come to live with us. I suspect that the family that had him before (and abandoned him!!!!) had children who teased him, and frightened him with loud noises. Even fireworks scared him at first, but now, they don't phase him one bit. Bucky.... he just goes with the flow! Sherbert... I really haven't observed her during a full-blown storm. She's usually outside, under the house seeking shelter while they're going on.