How do your animals act when the weather is changing?

Tiger and Creamery - The cats can feel a storm approaching and they fall sound asleep.
@GardenGerty (70522)
Marion, Kansas
April 13, 2010 9:18pm CST
As a young person, when a storm was coming through, if I was visiting my grandparents I could see the horses chase each other around the pasture. Now my cats, especially one of them, is totally the opposite. Sometimes both of them, but always Creamery, will feel the storm approaching and will fall sound asleep. Creamery slept while I fed Tiger this evening. He looked almost as if he were dead he slept so soundly. What happens with your animals if the weather is changing?
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@drannhh (14665)
• United States
14 Apr 10
I don't have any animals! But I like to sleep when it is raining. Thunderstorms, on the other hand are very invigorating. When we had tropical fish, one of them was having little fish when an earthquake hit. That was a sight to behold.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
Did your fish have any particular behavior before the earthquake. I was always told that animals know about them before we do, and that they act differently.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
14 Apr 10
GG, we had an earthquake here in Ohio back in the mid 80's. I was home and I'll never forget seeing the fish jumping up out of their tank. Yes, earthquakes definitely must affect fish! It was only a 5 earthquake, so there wasn't a giant amount of shaking, and it didn't last long. I do remember us looking at the fish jumping straight up in their bowl for a long time during the quake, and after it as well. The water was calm, but those fish were hopping straight up and down lol.
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@drannhh (14665)
• United States
14 Apr 10
JoyfulOne, this was the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989 registering 6.9 and yes we had to keep putting the little tikes back in the water after they splashed out. But Gerty you walked right into that one. That fish had 112 babies all at once, rflol...so they had some particular behavior before the earthquake for sure
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@JJ4Ever (4706)
• Spring Hill, Tennessee
14 Apr 10
This is really interesting because I've noticed that when it rains, my dog doesn't want to go outside, even if he really needs to go out and do his business. He hates getting wet. So...I'm sure you can imagine how fun it is to give him a bath - LOL! (He likes the lathering part where we rub the shampoo into his fur because that feels nice to him like a massage!) My dog is part Husky, so he hates when it's hot out. He'll start panting really hard and need a drink after being out when it's hot. It's nice walking him in the summer because it'll wear his batteries down faster, and he'll be better behaved! In the winter, when it starts to snow especially, he gets super excited and runs around in it. When he gets hot, he'll burrow into the snow nose-first. It's so funny to watch. Too bad I can't post a video of it here. It is the cutest thing. I hate the cold and winter weather, but my dog makes it very entertaining!
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I can just imagine your dog in the snow. I have seen some cold weather animals when the snow begins, and you are right, it is very entertaining. Thanks for responding to my new discussion. My two cats in the picture get very cuddly when the snow is coming.
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@JJ4Ever (4706)
• Spring Hill, Tennessee
14 Apr 10
How sweet! I love when animals are cuddly. My dog isn't too much that way, but when he is - hair alert! (LOL) That comes with the Husky blood - lots of shedding. The nice thing is when it's cold and my feet practically freeze, the dog will sometimes sit on my feet. He keeps my feet warmer than socks!
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@JJ4Ever (4706)
• Spring Hill, Tennessee
15 Apr 10
Kathy, I'm so sorry about the loss of your dog and horse within only a couple months of each other. That is definitely one sad thing about having pets, but they are so worth it! I know all the pets I've had have all possessed such an appealing personality. It's so fun to have them greet you at the door when you get home. They're always happy and wanting to be around you. I would love to have a horse too. I know they're a lot of work, but one of my favorite things is horseback riding! The neat thing is that I'd ridden before, but my husband never had, so we got to go riding on our honeymoon in the mountains in Tennessee. He loved it so much that we went again our second week of the honeymoon in the mountains in Georgia. It was so pretty! I just love horses. I hope you still have pets around your place because they are so fun and enjoyable to have around!
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@ElicBxn (57758)
• United States
14 Apr 10
It depends on the kind of storm. If its a storm front with lots of electricity, several of my cats just go nutz - and I don't mean the normally nutz ones either! I mean, Nef and Rygel are often running around, but when Rio is acting like her coat is charged and it might shock her at any time, I know its going to be a bad one. If Solo is acting frisky, then something is going on, since he's always been one of the most sedate cats I've ever know - tho I admit we didn't let his paws hit the ground often when he was a baby, I carried him everywhere I could! Sleeping, only if its going to be a cold wet day with no electrical elements in the storm, then a few who are normally pretty active will suddenly do a lot of sleeping.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
You have a house full of Doppler radar units, I think. It is funny, Creamery and Tiger pestered and pestered for wet food. I waited until later, as I always do. By that time NOTHING was going to wake Creamery. The wind changed, those two went outside and so did the Princess kitty. They played scamper and hide and seek, then went in and demanded more food. Princess very seldom plays with the boys.
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@ElicBxn (57758)
• United States
14 Apr 10
yeah, and I don't have to be out at the stable to see the horses - tho I know what you mean about horses One day we watched 2 youngish geldings roughhousing like a couple of stallions just before a big nasty cold front blew in!
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@marsha32 (1012)
• United States
14 Apr 10
to be honest, I can't say that I've ever paid attention. We don't have a pet in this house...I wish we could get one and soon. I dearly miss the cats :( Marsha
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I just started noticing this with my cats since winter this year.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
14 Apr 10
My one dog (an older dog) goes into my room and curls up on my bed. Lightning, thunder, nothing seems to phase her. My daughter's little shitzipoo runs to her kitchen cage and curls up in it. The cage is kept under this corner table and there's a tablecloth hanging down over it, so I think she thinks its a safe little den or something lol. The cats, they either curl up with the old dog on the bed, or sometimes the one will go and sleep under the bed. Storms don't really seem to bother my animals at all. You mentioned the horses when you were young. I grew up on a dairy farm, and I'd notice that the horses always got more spunky when there was a storm blowing in. The cows, they always seemed to herd together in the field and curl up and lay down. Sometimes, if it was a really bad storm, they'd come up by the barn. In good weather, the cows would migrate further away from each other while munching their grass, but if a storm was imminent, they'd always stick real close together.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
Yes, my grandparents had cattle as well. I noticed the horses usually because they were held closer to the house. I have just started noticing that Creamery just sort of melts. The picture of the two cats was one stormy day and I think it may have been one of our last cooler days as well, so they were very cozy, and VERY sleepy.
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@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
Animals has great senses that us humans. Simply because their animal instict is more stronger than us. I think its not only common to storms but also to earthquakes or other natural disasters. Animals has a great survival instinct. I think we have too. But we rather call it ESP.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Apr 10
Probably animals do better with predictions because they do not have elaborate language to process their thoughts in. I think we need to pay more attention to them.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
Cats at my mom's house get frisky at weather changes because the electricity builds up in their fur. When you stroke them, you literally give them a charge, and they you. They will run up, then down the halls, sometimes end over end.
@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I have heard that mild electrical charges help relieve arthritis pain, maybe this could be a good thing. After the one cat slept so soundly they did all three go play awhile. I guess it just depends on what kind of storm is coming.
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• Canada
14 Apr 10
The weather hasn't really affected my cat at all. He just eats, sleeps, poops, and plays, like he always doe. Myself, on the other hand, when the weather changes drastically, I get really tired, and hibernate until the weather stabalizes again, and then I get up, go out and do something.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I find myself with a lot of aches and pains when the weather is shifting, lately. Need to do something about that.
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@lumanman (82)
• China
14 Apr 10
In china, it was said that animal's abnormal behavior may predict rainy weather even earthquake. However, we can not verify it.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
No, we do not have any fool proof ways to verify this, but I have often heard it myself.
• China
15 Apr 10
in my opinion, since the animals can not talk like human, so they may have the advanced talent to understand the nature, for example, a special feeling......
@celticeagle (66639)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Apr 10
I can remember seeing horses prancing around and running when there was a storm brewing. Chickens and birds that don't fly for distances will put up quite a fit too. Cats are curious and may climb up in a window to watch a storm. Dogs howl and carry on. For the most part they want to nuzzle in with the people and go to sleep.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I think you pretty well covered it all. It might be interesting to visit a zoo when the weather is moving in and see what ostriches do. Cats really are curious about a lot of things.
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@celticeagle (66639)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Apr 10
What do the ostrichs do? Yes, cats are great!
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
14 Apr 10
The weather doesn't seem to effect my animals that much. I know when it's very windy outside, my horse will run through the pasture quite a bit. All of our horses we had in the past did this, though. I was taught not to ride if the weather is below 50 degrees in the winter because horses can be very frisky when it's this cold. Some people like to ride when it's really cold like this. However, I have been hurt several times and I always tried to listen to daddy. We also close down the EASI program in the winter because there are just too many bad days to be doing anything outside much. We used to have cattle when daddy was living and sometimes it would be so cold that they would be fighting. As far as the dog is concerned, she likes to run and rip when it's really cold outside. When it's really pretty like it has been here lately, I have a hard time getting her to come back in the house, lol! If it happens to be raining at night, she'll sleep right through it. Kathy.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Apr 10
When we are around animals we seem to get more in tune with natural events.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
15 Apr 10
I think so, too. Kathy.
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
our dog is howling like crazy. it may be because of the heat here in Manila. he seems a bit restless as well. we try to hydrate him as much as possible.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I had not thought of that. I guess excessive heat could make an animal restless. I know it would right before a storm.
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@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
14 Apr 10
I always get my hair done once a week when ever I do it always rains or snow, But there was this one time I seen the birds land on all the roofs and the wires as I walk over to get it done after I didn't think much of it the birds were going in flocks till I came out of the hair dresser it was really bad rain storm. cd
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
I think we need to pay more attention to the clues we get from the animals, it would save us a little in the way of headaches and disappointments.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
8 May 10
Our Indoor cat will go and look out a window, like the one here in the computer room. When I am on the computer the blinds are usually always open, and the cat is usually on the ottoman. If there is a storm she will sit on the stool which is right beside the window. I don't think she really gets too different before it comes, maybe she gets on the stool sooner or rather when it's still coming and I've just not noticed it that much. One of our dogs will keep close to us, and if it is storming he will sit in one of our laps, or if we pick him up he doesn't want to be put down. the other one isn't bothered by the storm at all. Sometimes the one that gets scared will even get scared when it's not storming but the pressure washer is being used.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
8 May 10
Just like us, they all seem to have different personalities. I have cats that do not seem bothered by the storm, they just want to sleep.
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
9 May 10
Our cat wants to look out the window, that's what she does when she sits on the stool. Of course she sits on the stool in good weather too. Yeah Animals have different personalities as well, and those that do get sleepy arent' that much different then us humans who can also get sleepy during a storm.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
11 May 10
I think farm dogs or animals are much more sensitive in climate change. I have a four dogs in the city and I have two dogs in our farm. In our farm our dogs are more interested in weather chance. For example if theirs rain our dogs sheep the chickens to barn house. Our dogs see to it that all the ducks and chicken are safe.. Actually they are train to do that. Our dogs see to it that at night time all the barn animals are in the barn house. .. While in the city our four dogs are happy to be a pet dogs. While in the farm they are happy to be a working dogs. I think working dogs feel prouder to what they do than the city pet dogs.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
15 Apr 10
I know I'm behind on this but this an appropriate time as we have storms approaching. The older dog gets nervous but not too bad as long as she can stay by me she's ok. The younger dog, Galeena is total wreck with her long pink tongue and her drool all over me and the furniture hubby and I try to console her. Nothing works till it's all over. My cats on the other hand, take the storms in their stride! Nothing bothers either one of them and they sleep like they have a run a marathon ! Truth is they are two of the laziest critters I 've ever had :)
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
My cats still seem to sleep a lot when the weather changes. They slept a lot this morning. Not that we have rain, just a dip in temperatures and an increase in wind.
@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
My cats still seem to sleep a lot when the weather changes. They slept a lot this morning. Not that we have rain, just a dip in temperatures and an increase in wind.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Cats are smart critters. They know when to snuggle up and stay warm and let the weather do it's thing and then they too can go out tom catting around! It was cold here this morning too and they both were in an old comforter of my mama's. I do believe I could be a weather forcaster by watching the behaviors of my animals.
@peedielyn (1211)
• United States
15 Apr 10
hi GardenGerty! I love my dog to peices and all winter she wanted outside but was right back in. Now she goes outside, chases some squirrels and then parks it under a tree, with just enough sun to bake. I find it funny. She wiggles and jiggles in the house like she's dying to get out, only when I let her out, she's sunbathing. She seems to sleep all night now too. That's a good thing. The bad thing is that I have to bathe her 3 times a week now, because of all of the dirt and grime she brings in. I love Spring!
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Apr 10
That is funny. Maybe as I get more sun I will sleep better as well. I bet she is a cutie.
@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Apr 10
That is funny. Maybe as I get more sun I will sleep better as well. I bet she is a cutie.
@peedielyn (1211)
• United States
27 Apr 10
She is, and as we say this I am trying to get a pic up here for all of you to see. She is a lab and weiner mix. looks like a realllllly long and short lab. Gotta love her!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
14 Apr 10
My animals get excited, especially if there is wind. Of course with rain or snow they do seek shelter and sleep.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
Something about wind does seem to get some critters going. How about the chickens, what do they do?
@savypat (20248)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Chickens get under the trees and hunker down in the soil. In rain they get under the cars or boats for shelter.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
14 Apr 10
My Tukay is getting up in years, so she tends to slow down a bit before bad weather. He arthritis is a better indication of rain than any televised weather report. Once the storm hits, if it's a thunder/lightening event, she usually wants to sit in some one's lap for the duration. Our two cats make themselves scarce, usually behind the couch. Who ever coined the phrase, 'scaredy cat' must have known our two.
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
And you get some share of weather, I know. I believe they are all smarter than we are. I see people go stand in the middle of the street to watch for tornadoes, you sure will not see an animal do that.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
14 Apr 10
You must have seen my husband doing that...lol. He alternates between looking for it, and being near a storm shelter. I haven't seen one yet (not complaining, mind you), but my son saw one from a distance in Edmond last year. I'd rather see snow myself.
@dragon54u (27585)
• United States
14 Apr 10
My dogs react differently. Cookie could not care less what the weather is like as long as she can spend the day outside. Gus, on the other hand, is terrified of thunder and when a storm is on the way he shakes and gets really clingy. I know way before I hear it on the weather report if there is a storm coming!
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 10
You know, we never got an actual storm, I think it blew right past us. Is Gus older than Cookie? He may feel it more in his bones and such.
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@dragon54u (27585)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Gus is 9, Cookie is 8. I've never had a dog terrified of thunder before, I was always able to train them that it was a good, fun thing. Not this one!
• Canada
28 Apr 10
If there is a thunderstorm or it gets windy my cats get the "zooms".
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@GardenGerty (70522)
• Marion, Kansas
8 May 10
That is kind of funny, but it does describe the condition perfectly.