ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Our Animals Know!

Updated on November 4, 2020

They know when we are feeling blue.


They sense when we are ill.

What is it that our animals know that we do not? For all humans are supposed to be the most intelligent species sometimes I am not so sure. I have suffered from Grand-mal seizures since the age of 16 I am now 56; throughout the years I have had encounters with dogs and cats alike before, during and after seizures.

My Furry Nurse

My one friend (Laurie) had a cat named Freedom (she is now in cat heaven) but she used to curl beside my head while I was having a seizure. My dear furry nurse (Freedom) wouldn't leave my side until she was satisfied I was out of danger. Now Freedom was not a cat that had any special training as a furry nurse she would just tend to me on her own and I loved her for it. Freedom and I had a special bond and I greatly miss my dear furry nurse. My friend (Linda) has told me that when she is feeling under the weather her cat (Samson) stays by her side keeping a close eye on her. He becomes more subdued and attentive towards her giving her the comfort she needs. Linda has said Samson knows when she is not feeling well; she gets this sense because of his behaviour towards her at times when she is feeling ill.

Dogs Sense Seizure Coming On

Another instance was when my friend (Jenny) was visiting; we were sitting out in the garage sipping on some cold drinks on a lovely summer day. When all of a sudden Jenny said my German Sheppard's (Sidney and Sheba) starting behaving strangely. They both started to whine seeming upset they then lay down encircling themselves around my feet. Jenny said a few seconds later I had a seizure; she said the two dogs never left me until they knew I was okay. My friend (Jenny) was amazed at the reaction of the two dogs because she said "it was as if they knew you were going to have a seizure before it happened." This was a total surprise to me I had never been aware that my dogs reacted in this manner towards my seizures. I have been alone when most of my seizures have occurred and I don't remember much of what happens when they happen. My dogs could have reacted in this manner before but with no one else around I myself did not know what and how they were reacting during my seizures.

Specially Trained Dogs

This happened years before I had ever heard of dogs being specially trained in detecting seizures thus being able to alarm the person that they are going to have a seizure. This is amazing because it can give the person time to lay down on their side and prepare for the seizure instead of crashing to the floor in mid-seizure suffering injuries as a result. I heard about one dog that has an average of 40 minutes previous to the seizure in signaling his owner.

Our Pets Know when We are Under the Weather

What is this special gift that our dear four-legged friends possess that allows them to sense when we are ill or that something is amiss and not right with us. We must learn to try and understand our companions behavior as it could mean something very important. I have read and heard of many stories of dogs or cats behaving differently when their owners became sick. Dogs that normally would be full of energy, running around wanting to play fetch etc. all of a sudden become very subdued and tend to stay close to the person who is ill. They seem to have this combination of sense and smell that alerts them to the person who is unwell. We know special detection dogs are used to smell out all kinds of things even illnesses such as cancer. They are able to detect if a person's body temperature is not normal this being another clue that leads them to know a person is ill. It is even thought that wolves when hunting sniff out an ill animal in the herd this is called "Culling of the sheep"; this is a good thing as they get a good meal and the herd remains healthy and strong.


If we pay closer attention to the behaviour of our four-legged companions it could possibly save our lives. They could very well tune us in to a potentially life-threatening ailment that may be cured if detected in time. All we have to do is watch and listen to our four-legged guardians.

They Know

Do you believe that our pets can sense when we are unwell?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)