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What Cats and Dogs Can See that Humans Can’t: You Won’t Believe it!

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell    February 25, 2014 / (129) comments

Have you ever felt that your cat or dog can see something you don’t? Well, you may be right, according to a new study.


Cats, dogs, and other mammals are thought to see in ultraviolet light, which opens up a whole different world than the one we see, the study explains.


Seeing the World in Ultraviolet (UV) Light


UV light is the wave length beyond the visible light from red to violet that humans can see. Humans have a lens that blocks UV from reaching the retina. It was previously thought that most mammals have lenses similar to humans.


Scientists studied the lenses of dead mammals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, pandas, hedgehogs, and ferrets. By researching how much light passes through the lens to reach the retina, they concluded that some mammals previously thought not to be able to see UV actually can.


"Nobody ever thought these animals could see in ultraviolet, but in fact, they do," Ron Douglas, the study leader and a biologist at City University London, England, told LiveScience.


What purpose does being able to see UV light serve for animals such as reindeer, rodents, and other mammals? It allows reindeer to see polar bears, for example, which are nearly invisible in regular light because they blend in with the snow.


UV light also allows mammals to see urine trails. This would be helpful for predator animals, such as cats and dogs, to find food in the wild.



Originally appeared on Pet360.com


Image: INTVGene / Flickr



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  • hmmmm...
    02/25/2014 11:51pm

    I've always wondered if my cats could see things I couldn't :)

  • 11/14/2014 11:50pm

    But it still doesn't explain what my cats "suddenly" see what's behind me!

  • 12/06/2014 10:19pm

    I've been learning about "ghost hunting" because I live in a haunted house, and from what I understand, some of the newer equipment they're now using scans the ultraviolet spectrum because they've found it can capture evidence they were previously unaware of. So this may very well explain what your pet is seeing when it stares behind you! Or maybe your pet is just hearing a bug lol.

  • 03/15/2015 04:34pm

    balaams donkey in the bible seen the angel, and Balaam never. The donkey tried to avoid walking on, because the angel was standing in the middle of the road. The donkey kept pulling away, and Balaam kept beating it. then the angel made himself known to Balaam, and wanted kill him for beating the donkey. but I wonder if that is why the donkey seen him, and the human never.

  • 07/26/2015 02:28pm

    I've always loved the story of Balaam's donkey! Your clever theory makes perfect sense in light of this new discovery. I bet you are right!

  • 09/04/2015 02:39am

    Thank you for the reply :)

  • 09/26/2015 12:53pm

    SAW, NOT " seen." ASS, not " donkey."

  • 10/22/2015 03:26pm

    Shut up you pompous ASS!

  • 10/23/2015 12:06am

    Haha! He haw he haw

  • 05/16/2016 03:23pm

    why the commit

  • 09/26/2015 12:52pm

    SAW, not " seen." ASS, not " donkey."

  • 09/26/2015 06:39pm

    Thank you! :)

  • 04/09/2016 11:56am

    dont sweat it, sroju, he SAW how much people dug what you wrote, &, as he had no compassion &/or tolerance in his heart, he CHOSE to act like an ASS. as a result we have all SEEN him for the DONKEY he is.
    btw, IndianAndy, there are people out there that dont have English as their 1st language. maybe attempting to be a little tolerant might be the better response. there may come a time when YOU will want, or need, others to try to understand YOU if, & or when, you are in another country. remember, karma can be a bitch.
    to all the other non-English-speakers out there: dont let the intolerance of others stop you from posting, asking questions, or speaking your mind. many of us are interested in what you have to say. i only ask that you respect us & our ways, & we will endeavor to do the same for you. PEACE to ALL :)

  • 05/14/2016 04:26am

    Well said, seekere71

  • 05/01/2016 02:12am

    I am Balaam. You are mistaken. The angel was not seen by me because he was bestowed with a cloaking device by the creator. My donkey has anti-cloaking mechanism. This why I no see, but donkey do. Angel only threaten to kill me because I owe him money.

  • 05/10/2015 05:17pm

    I bet your house is really scary! Have you ever seen a ghost in your house before?

  • 08/05/2015 09:30am

    I live in a house at the dead end of a 3 way crossroad. There is high entity traffic & my parrot can see entities. I can see them out of the corners of my eyes in the daylight. In the dark it is very easy to see an entity.

    There is only one entity that my parrot likes. When she pets her my bird just groans happily.

  • 05/06/2016 09:31pm

    Ninja, Have you considered it may not be ghosts you are seeing or your pets are seeing, it could very possibly be demonic activity. As a Bible believing Christian, I don't believe that people are in limbo between earth and heaven, or hell. The Bible tells us that to be absent in the body is to be present before the Lord. When we die I believe our souls go directly to the throne of God. I believe God is sovereign over all matters of life and death. So, for me, it's a stretch to think that souls are in lingo between earth and heaven or hell. However, Satan is very real, and he has MANY followers and they are masters of deception. The Bible calls him the father of all lies and likens him to a roaring lion searching the earth for those he may devour. He is interested in destroying as many people as he can. He is also referred to in the Bible as posing as an angel of light. So he can be very attractive while deceiving anyone who'll listen. So what you are seeing, hearing, etc. could be demonic rather than souls of wo/men. Fortunately Jesus Christ overcame death on the cross and was resurrected 3 days later. He holds the keys to death and life. The Bible states that even the demons believe in Him and shudder in fear. But they will never surrender to Christ. However we can make that choice to surrender. All we have to do is call on Him in sincerity and truth. So we don't need to fear if we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. God is only a prayer away.

  • 05/06/2016 10:09pm

    Yes, I believe demons impersonate dead loved ones for people who believe in seances, it's the perfect opportunity for them to discredit the Bible and lead people astray.

  • 05/07/2016 03:10am

    First things first.

    Spirits are dead, & entities are alive.
    Animals can see both, as can a small percentage of humans.

    I am not going down the judgemental church hate views of condemnation that only serve as egoistical masturbation. I can not for the life of me understand how organized religion based upon Christianity can become hate groups. Attending church & hating others because their beliefs are different is far away from the rooted fundamentals that Jesus taught. The Pharasical attitude flourishes in the U.S.A..

  • 05/09/2016 09:21pm

    Wow, Ninja, I didn't expect such an angry response. I'm terribly sorry if I offended you. That wasn't my intent. I have no idea where you are spiritually, and was not making a judgment at all. I hear ya about legalistic immature Christians. I'm sorry if you've experienced someone like that. But please don't lump all of us in the same boat. I think there's enough self righteous judgment going on on both sides these days. I'm not saying that's what you're saying in your reply. Evidently I offended you.

    In my first reply, all I was doing was suggesting another possibility and sharing why I would think that and make that suggestion. I wasn't pushing, accusing, or making any judgments. I thought it was completely harmless. Apparently it hit a nerve with you and for that I'm sorry. Contrary to what you've presumed about me, that was not my intent to offend, or anger anyone. There is demonic activity around the world, and that's all I was trying to suggest as a possibility. That bears no reflection on you or your beliefs. I was just offering a suggestion.

    I sincerely wish you and your furbabies all the best. Kindly Yours.

  • 05/09/2016 10:29pm

    Wonbyhisgrace, I am a Christian that is sensitive to entities. My wife that attended church 5+ times per week left me & Demonized me to all that would listen.

    Yes, there are Angels, Demons & a whole lot of things in between. Not all Angels are good, not all Demons are bad. I have learned not to judge anyone or anything.

    We are ALL doing God's will whether it be a Human, Angel or Demon. God created us all. Now ask yourself, why would a God create Angels, Demons, multiple realms for entities then after a spiritual ecosystem has been established make man?

    He is the Creator, and we the created. Why place mankind in the middle of a spiritual war? Not even the eldest Angels or Demons know that answer. What is known; entities exist because of man.

    Cheryl, my Twitter account is [email protected] if you would like to continue this conversation. You didn't offend me, I am just used to being condemned for being as God gifted me. ~ Ninja

  • 05/25/2016 07:46pm

    Just so you know, Only Christian based religions believe in Satan. and since Satanists believe in Satan they are in fact Christians as well since Satan is only found in Christian Fantasy literature, such as the Bible (which means BOOK), and other writings produced by the Church. Oh and By the way, Christ is the Ancient Greek and Macedonian word for both Prophet and Teacher, that is why College Teachers are called Professors as they Profess or Teach.

  • 06/19/2016 03:06am

    OK wow you are lost man. if u read this please look up what the ancient word for Messiah is.. that's what Jesus is... I can understand your ideas because I spent the first 33 years of my life thinking religion is for weak minded people and they just need something to believe in. I called it fantasy or worse many times. then me and my way of living got me locked up for a while down in Tampa Florida. well I was at the end of myself ( being in a 8x8 concrete cage will do that to you) so i tried reading the Bible. well I ended up reading it a lot and even tried praying. but like a dog who returns to his vomit I returned to my ignorant way of life when I got out. I moved back home to Illinois and tried to get a job and live right. I didn't know at that time that the reading I did locked up was sown in my heart. I read out loud to myself most the time and it got into my heart. if you think that is fantasy say out loud to yourself I HAVE A HEADACHE 3-4 hundred times in the first 3-4 hours you are awake and you will have a headache!! that's how god made it what you say is very powerful and will direct your life in whatever way you are speaking. I can control a 600 pound draft animal just by putting a bit in its mouth. its entire body follows wherever I lead its mouth to go. if you are up to the challenge read anything in the bible (I would read in the new testament first) out loud for 30 minutes thirty days in a row. I found out that the truly strong-minded people can believe and have faith in things they cannot see. although WHEN you get saved you can and will feel Gods presence and when you do all doubt will disappear. and watch what you say because words are powerful you are made in the image of the creator and there is power in the tongue...I hope u give it a try

  • 06/19/2016 03:17am

    Sadly, your comment does not make much sense. Sorry. I have spent my entire life studying the bible and it clearly states there is no life after death...until the resurrection. NO "ghosts", no dead relatives trying to contact you, NO dead people that cats/dogs are seeing. It should be a comfort to you to realize that. Cats and dogs see and hear things that we don't...yes, because they have better hearing and sight than we do....but they are hearing and seeing REAL things, not imagined things from YOUR mind.

  • 06/19/2016 03:20am

    sorry I forgo to address your satanist/Christian ideas. So you think Christians are Satanist and visa versa.... wow that comes straight from the pit of hell.. that idea was not yours but was whispered in your ear by the enemy so that you (with a flesh and bone body) will speak it and then it becomes lucid in your world. just a heads up..

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  • 06/26/2016 04:54am

    I agree with you.

  • 08/19/2015 12:29am

    There are ghost kitties in our apartment! I know at times our three cats see them. I on the other hand can only feel them brush by in an instant.

  • 09/17/2015 06:30pm

    My roommate can see them. Our recently departed Kitters came by twice that he saw.

  • 09/18/2015 06:28pm

    After my first cat was killed by a dog that entered our yard, he kept going to bed with me until I adopted my current cat. It lasted for about 4 months. I could feel him walking on the bed as soon as I went to bed, just like before. When my third cat died of old age, she came by the evening of the day she passed away and jumped on the bed where my second cat and her slept. He was with me in the living room and I know he heard her jump also, because he looked towards that door same time as me.

  • 09/22/2015 04:41pm

    I'd give just about anything to have a visit like that from my beloved Ragnar, who passed away in 2013. I can feel presences (and occasionally feel his), but would SO love to feel him walking on my bed again.

  • 12/12/2015 07:33pm

    I can not thank you enough for you post. I have been experiencing the jumping on bed issue for many years and I could never figure out what it could be. It has been so eerie. Your post made me realize that obviously some of my former pets, all cats, must be visiting me. What a comfort it is to know that they are still somehow attached to me because I loved them all so so much and I miss them terribly. Thank you again for your wonderful insight.

  • 05/11/2016 11:03pm

    My mini schnauzer Cassi left me eight years ago. At night when I'm in bed, I feel pressure from paws on the side of my bed. I always think it's one of my two mini schnauzers, but when I turn to look, it's not them. It took me a while, but I believe it's Cassi coming to visit. She was my little Velcro dog and my heart and soul. I still miss her.

  • 06/26/2016 01:18am

    Lots of people, including myself, have animals that passed over still coming around. Very bittersweet, to think they're still with us, but we can't truely interact.

  • 10/23/2015 06:53pm

    I believe your comment about the ghost kitten. I am in a new apartment, when I lay in bed on occasion I will feel small paw prints of what feels like a cat or kitten walking across my legs or settling at the foot of my bed.

  • 05/07/2016 04:12pm

    My dog would see something or someone that I could not. She would look at a chair that was empty and growl. Her hair standing and body shaking my dog knew that what she saw didn't belong. And it wasn't a bug or rodent but something unseen. So, you tell me.

  • 06/13/2016 10:48pm

    Honey, your house isn't haunted, and you should probably see a doctor for your little problem.

  • 06/16/2016 02:32am

    You really need to stop believing in "ghosts". IF you mess with demons, they will make your life a living hell. The dead are DEAD so whatever is "haunting" your house is NOT a dead person. Get real. There are evil demons who follow Satan and if they can get you "interested" in them, you WILL be sorry. Please, stop messing with this type of stuff. Dogs/cats do not "see" ghosts" either.

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  • 06/18/2016 04:58pm

    Anyone who understands the Bible's teachings about what happens to us when we die, knows there is no life after death until the resurrection-which means there are no such things as "ghosts". There certainly ARE demonic forces and those are what is at "play" when people claim to see/hear ghosts. That is how Satan draws attention to himself and his demons and away from what our Creator tells us. This is a very dangerous game as those demons are powerful and they entice people into false beliefs that lead them astray. To think that cats or any other animal "sees" ghosts is something you conjure up in your own mind. The do not. They have wonderful hearing and seeing abilities beyond what humans have, but they do NOT see what is NOT there....dead people. How do you feel when you hear of "ghost hunters" who provoke dead "spirits"? Would you like to think that some fool could "poke" you when you are dead and disturb you? Think about it. The Bible clearly states that "the dead know not anything...there is no work, do wisdom in the grave". Can't get much clearer than that. No wiggle room for any false belief in Eccl.9:5,10.

  • 09/17/2015 06:28pm

    Cats see other-worldly things too. I had a cat that saw a "demon" or some kind of negative/evil spirit near me when I was doing something kinda bad (partying) one time. She cussed at it and ran away to hide. I had never seen her freak out like that before. She wouldn't come out until I "exorcised" it from the house by rejecting/rebuking it. After I forced it (whatever it was) out of the house, she came back as loving as ever to me. I know that sounds crazy, but I have no doubt about what happened.

  • 12/12/2015 08:21pm

    I completely believe your experience and have had one similar. I believe cats are attuned to "evil spirits" and often try to warn us.

  • 09/25/2015 06:47pm

    The maximum acuity in cats is towards objects being approximately 30 inches or 75 cm away from them. Everything further away, appears more and more blurrier. And even objects 30 inches away do not appear sharp to cats. They "suddenly" see things behind you because they see a blurry item behind you and try to see what it is or it has just come into focus. They know YOU from across a room by scent and sound. They locate prey by sound and scent not by sight.

  • 12/10/2015 09:22am

    I heard many people say that but know for a fact that can not be true due to the fact my cat would not walk on my floor at one time and the reason for that was she was looking at the fleas which I didnt know I had at the time on and in the floor and its cracks why sitting on my dinning room table..When I notice the fleas after they got worse and I needed to spray to get rid of them and wasnt until after I did would she get on the floor again..So she was seeing them from more then a yard away being on the table looking at them which I never could see..So what they say about a cats vision in no way can be true..

  • 04/27/2016 01:51pm

    your cat was not seeing the fleas. all life emits energy and vibration (and noise) of which animals are more keen to

  • 06/26/2016 09:53pm

    Very true. There is so much we still don't completely understand about our natural world, so we label things supernatural. Who's really to say whether animals and people can or can't percieve those who've departed this plane of existance. Everything thing is made of energy.

  • 09/25/2015 08:55pm

    Absolutely the article [i]does[/i] explain why your cats suddenly react to something you say is behind you! Your cats are seeing something that is only visible in the Ultra Violet bandwidth - and whatever it is they are seeing can not be seen by you, because a human's visual system is not capable of seeing in the Ultra Violet bandwidth - it is outside
    our visual perception. Do some studying on "Bandwidths" and it should then make sense to you. I had cats that did the same thing - in my case, I believe it was the spirit of a neighbor Chuck, an old man that had died that the cats loved. I'm not saying your entity is a ghost, but I have always conjectured that ghosts exist on a different dimension or bandwidth that we can feel, but we can't see. Sounds that we hear travel to us on a particular bandwidth. Bandwidths are rated at frequencies - when you learn about bandwidths & frequencies, a whole new understanding of the world around you should emerge - I'm pretty surprised you are so unaware of them that even after reading this article, you still made no connection - you are someone who has observed your cats clearly react to something unseen - then you read this article about their gift of sight - it should have followed that you made the connection; but you didn't. Please do yourself a favor and start self-educating yourself about the world around you - it is fascinating; at the very least.

  • 10/13/2015 08:44pm

    Most Cats can see stralght lnto the Splrlt world. The one before last especlally. was always looklng at 'thlngs' beslde or behlnd me ln the evenlngs.

  • 05/31/2016 11:19pm

    And just like mine, they're not talking ;)

  • 05/30/2016 04:30pm

    It is really interesting and very cool but how is this a new study? I learned this when I was about 8 years old and I will be 64 this year. It wasn't a news flash when I learned it. Also a dogs sense of smell is thousands of times greater than humans. Imagine what you must smell like to your dog!

  • 06/02/2016 04:16am

    I know mine can.

  • Photo illustration
    04/26/2014 09:13pm

    How interesting that you used the photo of a blind cat for your illustration.

  • 05/05/2014 02:13pm

    I don't think that is blind cat.. .I think the picture colors were edited :)

  • 10/03/2014 05:04pm

    Psssst - go to Photoshop, click on Image, then Adjustments, then Invert - it is a photo of a black cat with green eyes and gray-black whiskers.

  • 02/18/2015 07:00pm

    It's not blind

  • Blindness in Cats
    05/06/2014 05:54pm

    The colors may have been adjusted (the entire photo is sloppy), but the pupils are are totally expanded, which occurs in taurine deficiency and several genetic and medical disorders. This cat is blind.

  • 05/07/2014 05:50pm

    Cats eyes also dilate when a flash goes off when their photo is taken. Dilated eyes do not always mean a cat is blind.

  • 05/09/2014 01:07pm

    Wouldn't a flash cause the pupil to constrict instead of dilate?

  • 11/04/2015 12:18am

    Yes! Good observation

  • 06/26/2016 09:56pm

    Eyes constrict when exposed to bright light.

  • 05/09/2014 02:46pm

    That's a picture of a black cat with green eyes. The colors have been inverted.

    Here's what happens if you switch it back.


  • 11/04/2015 12:22am

    You are correct! It was done for the "creepy" effect.

  • 07/02/2014 04:19pm

    You're quick to jump to conclusions, so will I, you're a moron. I don't recall ever seeing a cat with a white nose and white tear ducts, but who knows what world you're living in.

    The picture colors have been inverted.

    The cat is black: http://snag.gy/nIPyx.jpg

  • 09/23/2015 04:27pm

    I cannot believe how mean everyone is being to someone leaving an opinion comment about the look of the cat! Is it really worth calling someone a moron because you don't agree with them? Just because people do not know your identity, does not give anyone the right to be nasty for no reason. The world has no consideration of others anymore.

  • 12/12/2015 08:29pm

    People, people please be kind. Life dishes out enough nastiness without us adding to it. And aren't we all here because we love our pets. How about we start showing some of that love to each other. Please.

  • 08/11/2015 08:20am

    You know nothing of photos. Did you read the article? The cat in the photo is in negative form. Pass your mouse over it, see how it says UV cat? Now, if you have Photoshop upload it, click invert image and you will see a very clear image of a black cat with yellow eyes and very small slits for pupils. Quit making assumptions.

  • 09/17/2015 06:34pm

    If the photo is doctored, then the white vertical slits are the actual pupils and they are constricted due to the flash.

  • UV cat
    07/14/2014 11:42pm

    The picture is of a cat as seen in ultraviolet light. :)

  • Interesting!!!
    09/17/2014 04:04pm

    Yes,it does seem that the picture was altered,but the article was very useful.Does anyone agree or are you just gonna argue over a cat picture?

  • You mean my dog can actua
    09/28/2014 05:35pm

    You mean my dog can actually see urine on the ground? How about ghosts? Can my dog see ghosts?

  • 12/06/2014 11:47pm

    Do, but he can see dog urine :)

  • Silly people!
    11/16/2014 11:35am

    You people are silly. The image wasn't edited, the entire picture was simply inverted.

    It's a black cat, with yellow eyes.


  • 08/05/2015 04:53am

    Really? I see a gold cat with blue eyes.

  • they do indeed
    04/02/2015 01:14am

    Almost all of my dogs have demonstrated an awareness of something I cannot see, to the point of distraction. They watch open doors, reacting often to ???. They go down hallways with trepidation, looking, anticipating to see something they'd rather not see. However, one of my dogs was particularly "insightful". My "hyper-obedient, do whatever was commanded, needed to be by my side" dog was my constant companion. One day, when walking on trails in remote woods, we walked everyday, she stopped cold. Could not be dragged, coerced, ordered, enticed to go one more step. I took heed. We went the other way. She resumed her typical frenetic adventure. One evening, going to our cozy room where we'd spent hours of days, she refused to even enter the room. Paws planted could not be dragged. Wouldn't look up, nearly cowered, had to be carried dead weight into the room. This remained a near disturbing mystery until I learned that the construction we were doing on that room, in our 100 yr old home, could well be a trigger for paranormal activity. I'd say, the trigger was pulled.

  • 07/31/2015 09:26pm

    My German Shepherd puppy, who was about 6 months old at the time, was walking around the reservoir and we came to an area where she started going off the path that we walk on and started growling and walked all the way to the other side of the road, the entire time growling and keeping an eye on one central location and once we passed it, she was still continuing to look back and growl but I still did not see anything. Whatever it was, was not friendly and she kept distance between us and it. The next time we went around the reservoir, she approached that same area with caution but with a different reaction because whatever had been there before was not there any more and she went to investigate where it had been. It really makes me wonder what it was....whether it was an animal that had passed or human....but there was definitely something there.

  • Always thought infrared..
    05/08/2015 06:49pm

    It seems that our cats would always go directly to the warmest spots...so we just assumed they could see in infrared!!!

  • 05/17/2015 12:49pm

    I always believed that cats, dogs as well as other creatures can see a broader range of the electromagnetic spectrum than we humans can. How far in either direction we may never really know.

  • In the wild
    06/01/2015 06:21pm

    I know dogs and cats see more than we humans do. I also know some animals in the wild also see a differant spectrum range. I am a hunter and know deer and elk are color blind as discovered by scientists. But in their vision I think they can depict colors better in black and white and greys to a better degree than we can. All in a spicies are not equal as in humans so don't expect your pet to be able to what others do, they all have their limits. I have seen wild animals detect camo clothing out of folage, but movement is animals primary visual indicator as in seeing whats behind you. I studied optics in the service and there is a prisim of beauty that we are limited from. Go ahead and debate the photo, its entertaining how easily people loose their "focus." Those with eyes see and those with ears hear, looking is not seeing.

  • 04/29/2016 05:23am

    OH, dude, you are onto " it ". Very introspective re prisms, loss of focus, and movement. Wisdom is Golden.
    We all can learn; but wisdom comes with a lifetime of
    " open- minded " learning and experience. I wonder how old you are. If you are young, you are wise beyond your ears.

  • The pic of the Cat
    08/25/2015 02:26pm

    For all those who think that the cat in this article header is blind....that is not the case...the pic has been taken with an ultraviolet filter.
    Common sense is not that common.

  • This expains it
    09/02/2015 06:24am

    My dog Maya, a Labrador mixed with something else I think some kind of terrier, acts very strange whenever I try to take her picture with my phone. She slinks off and hides. When we first brought her home from Anti Cruelty a little over a year ago she would let me take pictures but she always acted like I was pointing something at her that she didn't like. She would always look away or turn around completely. I often wondered if she could see the beams that the camera uses to auto focus. Now if I just pick up the phone for whatever reason Maya will get up and leave the room lol. I was never mean to her or tried to force her to stay and get her pic taken so I am sure it isn't because she is afraid of it for anything that I have done.

  • 09/23/2015 02:50pm

    I wonder if she had been abused by someone using similar objects. They may have thrown them at her or something. My dog Mia, a rescue Australian Shepherd is deathly afraid of water being on her and this includes a bath and she is scared to death of thunder and rain. I wonder if someone left her in a thunderstorm or somehow scared her with water perhaps a waterhose.

  • 06/10/2016 01:08pm

    Not necessarily... I have a 13 year old Great Dane (yes I said 13 not a typo:) and I've had her since she was 8weeks old and she has ALWAYS been deathly afraid of thunder storms and I assure you I have never beaten her with a hose or locked her outside in a storm. For whatever reason she is and always has been a BIG ol sissy when it comes to thunder storms, fire works and the dreaded dumpster emptying trash truck! Like I said she is 13 and every 4th of July, every heavy storm and every trash day you would think was her first! She trembles and runs off to hide in my closet every single time! Lol

  • 11/26/2015 12:22pm

    Just maybe her former owners were making dog porn and she did not want to be compliant anymore...
    Or the pictures made her backside look big

  • 06/06/2016 02:57am

    Now that is hilarious. Thanks for the humor. People have gotten a little too mean around here.

  • Cats can see unseen
    09/23/2015 02:43pm

    My cat often stops and looks down my hallway with ears pointed toward the hallway as if she sees something.I have looked and I see nothing or hear nothing. I do not have mice or other animals in my home so i know she is actually seeing something. I did have a scare not long ago I was in one of the back bedrooms and I distinctly heard a woman's voice saying "Helloo" as someone that was announcing their arrival. My dogs were with me in the bedroom and heard it as well. I went into the hallway saying "who is it" because I was not expecting anyone and saw nothing the dogs went to the door and acted confused because they saw nothing. This gave me cold chills.

  • UV proof hunting clothes.
    09/26/2015 12:48pm

    I need to invent UV proof hunting clothes.

  • SkepticSteve
    09/27/2015 11:45pm

    Ok... someone please explain to me why ghosts would be visible in UV but not other visible spectra of light.

  • 10/25/2015 04:13pm

    It's too much of an in depth explanation to answer fully or with the correct terminology here, look it up though because it's true.

  • 11/04/2015 07:37pm

    Why is it too hard to explain? That there are no such things as ghosts? Dogs and cats react to all kinds of stimuli and do not rationalize as we do.

  • 11/06/2015 04:34pm

    Everybody has the right to their own opinion. I personally believe in ghosts, you obviously don't. Arguing about it here does nobody any good, research it yourself instead of depending on asking questions and wanting answers from people who are just sharing their own opinions and experiences. Why keep the pot stirred? Seriously, its all good. :)

  • 06/26/2016 01:48am

    "Ghosts" cannot be "explained" on any level as they are demons (evil spirits) and not manifestations of dead people. To believe in such nonsense is not only ignorance, but dangerous as you then invite demonic influences into your lives. Stay safe and disregard and ignore all of the silly people here who claim their pets see "ghosts". Animals know better, so should you.

  • 06/26/2016 10:01pm

    The simplest way to think of it is everything is energy and vibration. Mostlikely ghosts/spirits have a higher vibration.

  • What did my cats & I see
    10/23/2015 05:40pm

    I woke up one night to my cats growling at the end of my bed. I woke up to see dark shadows climbing to the corner of my ceiling, I thought I was seeing things so I turned on my light & once I did all of the shadows froze and looked at me, I thought I was hallucinating cause my DR had prescribed me a sleep medicine but then I looked at my cats to see them looking at the same wall, the same corner, and once the light was on all their hair stood up on them they growled, hissed, were showing their teeth and batted their paws in the air and bolted out my door. The shadows dashed up into the corner and disappeared. I didn't know what to think, I just sat up on my bed and sat there staring at the wall thinking in my head: WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! My Medicine I was prescribed did have the side effects of hallucination BUT my cats seen it too!!! They wouldn't come in my room for days after that.

    10/26/2015 05:48pm


  • Ghost Kittens?
    11/07/2015 08:27am

    Ghost kitties? Your dog seeing your dead neighbors? Best one was the mans cat that saw a demon while he was partying. I think many people are on the wrong MD site

  • 11/26/2015 12:32pm

    I once took an allergy medicine that made me able to see the fluorescent light bling at 60 cycles...
    Nothing to do with the story, however I once threw a paper clip in a 7-up bottle from six feet on the first try... It gave me a sense of Nirvana

  • 04/09/2016 12:27pm

    i always find it interesting that whenever most people are faced with things they dont understand, dont believe, or are afraid of they either get aggressive(physically or verbally), or they start making fun of those that do believe in those things. its sad as it shows how close-minded some people are. you DONT have to believe the same things that others do, but you also DONT have to act rudely or disrespectfully towards them either. lets not forget that at one time the majority of the world thought the earth was flat, a cube, & eventually the center of the universe. even though ALL of these things were proven wrong they still made fun of those that believed the world was round, excommunicated them, & burned them at the stake for "heresy". one day those that believe spirits live among us, unseen due to our sighted limitations may be proven right(or wrong). lets not forget that we cant see bacteria, viruses, cells, nor atoms unaided, but we KNOW that THEY are there too. sound & heat waves cannot always be seen either, but we cant see WHAT, & sometimes WHO, they effect. OPEN YOUR MINDS just because YOU cant SEE(etc)something does NOT mean it doesnt exist. OPEN YOUR MIND

  • 06/06/2016 03:08am

    Yes, Agreed!!!

  • 06/26/2016 01:50am

    I do not prefer to "open my mind" to demonic influences, which is what "ghosts" are. They are NOT manifestations of dead people/animals. Once you understand that, then you are released from the superstitions that blind you.

  • 06/26/2016 10:15pm

    Again - well said.

  • My cat
    11/14/2015 10:47pm

    My cat see's dead people

  • I noticed this
    11/18/2015 02:50pm

    I was amused watching my cat jumping and attacking nothing. So, I got out my phone to record it, and in the recording there were bright spots of light she was playing with, that I couldn't see with my eyes, but they showed very bright and clear on the phone camera.

  • animals and spirits
    11/25/2015 06:03am

    I have seen several times when animals have reacted to spirits, but none was more startling to me than one night when I was deep into a novel and suddenly the sound of breaking glass seemed to be coming from our second floor. We are not talking about a little glass, but like someone had taken a hammer to several dozen picture windows. My dog Butch was laying by my feet, and at the sound of the breaking glass he quickly raised his head. I was about to start running around climbing stairs and searching for the source of the sound, but Butches behavior stopped me. Butch was extremely well trained by his first owner and had all the instincts and abilities you would expect of any well trained police dog, or guard dog. He patrolled our house with precision, as if he had an internal clock that would send him on his rounds, and he would check out each room paying particular attention to my children's rooms. Any hint that any of us was in any parole of any sort, and his hackles rose, and he immediately would go into his defense mode. I had learned from experience to trust this dog with my life if need be because I knew he would never fail me. Only now with only a slight tilt to his head, after the noise stopped, he simply laid his head back down. Our house was in fact home to more than just my family and our pets, we also had several spirits that dwelled there in, and while I had grown accustomed to them over the many years I had lived in this house, I was surprised that the dog, without even checking on what had happened, quickly dismissed all that noise. I guess what he saw, and what he heard explained it all to him without the need to go and check it all out. By the way, there was not even one tiny shard of broken glass ever found in any of the rooms of our old rambling house afterwards.

  • 11/29/2015 06:52am

    Well we all can agree that animals can see what humans can't I'm pretty sure

  • Set animals in labs free
    12/29/2015 04:11pm

    I'm sorry to say this, but all I see is an uncared for, unhappy white cat in this photo that is probably in a cage in a lab somewhere. I'd rather not know what they see. Set all animals in labs free.

  • 01/07/2016 06:46am

    But when u do that what happens when cats are on the streets and have absolutely no where to go to I have a cat so yep I've had a dog ur point is that u don't what to know if they had fun being with u or do u what to live a life with out knowing if ur animals love u or not.

  • 06/10/2016 01:25pm

    No they come find me cause they somehow know I'll feed them! Lol sorry I just recently moved into a new neighborhood that has MANY feral cats and one day one of them decided I looked like I might feed him and I did and now very slowly that cat is starting to trust me he dosent let me touch him but at least once a day now he touches me:) and now he has even started bringing his only friend cat with him for dinner at my front door:) way off topic I know but it's really awesome to see them change from wild and untrusting to acting like normal house cats:)

  • 06/26/2016 10:17pm

    This may be aside from the topic, but don't ever stop what you're doing. We need more compassion in this world.

  • 06/10/2016 01:30pm

    No they come find me cause they somehow know I'll feed them! Lol sorry I have recently become the caretaker/ feeder of a couple feral cats in my new neighborhood. And your comment made me think of them:)

  • 06/10/2016 01:34pm

    No they come find me cause somehow they know I'll feed them! Lol

  • I'm skeptical...
    01/24/2016 07:51am

    The last sentence of this article leaves me skeptical that the writer did any research at all. Cats and dogs are predators, not prey. Does she know anything about animals at all?

  • 01/31/2016 07:16am

    Lol I'm not female lol hehe

  • How do they know?
    03/12/2016 04:45am

    Did the cat or dog tell them? Maybe it was a little bird that told them but if that is so then how did the bird know?

  • Wow... .o.
    03/17/2016 02:01pm

    My dog is always looking out the window and barking at some weird object... cx

  • 04/08/2016 07:00am

    Lol it happens

  • Same here
    04/18/2016 04:04pm

    When ai was a teen I had a dog that ine day I heard him bark and growling. When I looked out th window I him with the hairs on his back standing up, ear back, and ready to attack at something. Then he did launched foward bitting into the hair. He was fighting wih soemthing or someone but there was nothing there. Since I come frim a family of psychics and Native Americans, I crew up believing in all that. I immediately thought that he was seing an evil spirit.

    Another day a coulle of my friends and I saw him do the same thing. Those were the only two times that I saw him do it.

    The fact is that humans have the same ability to see spirits. Unfortunately, we lose that ability as we get older. Often because we learn that most societies flawn upon the idea of spirits. Some claim they din't exist, some, the religious people, say they are all demons passing themskeves as loved ones to take us dow the path of sin. Because to them any spiritual or religious prstices outsode of their doctrine is a sin.

    I once heard the late psychic Sylvia Browne say, "surveys in the US and around the world have shown that most people believe in that death is not the end of us. That we continue on. But when you tell them that you have seen a spirit, what some call ghosts, they think you are crazy."

    What a crazy workd we live in, isn't it? “A question that sometimes drives me crazy: am I or are the others crazy?” ― Albert Einstein

  • 04/21/2016 01:04am

    Animals have have things that we don't so we see them do goofy thing. Has anyone else seen ghosts? Because I see them.

  • Wow love this discussion.
    04/27/2016 09:58am

    My cat would run up and down the hall meowing. She would then sit and look up at the ceiling. I was amazed and started talking to her tring to get her to stop what she was doing and come to me. I told my cat there is nothing there come settle down. I kid you not, right after I said that my trash can lid started swing back and forth . It did it 4 times. Wow. You had to be there. I work in a prison. Lots of offenders have died in my 23 years at work. I hope I did not have one of them decide to come home with me....

  • Cats 'n things
    04/30/2016 06:02pm

    ----I had always thought they could see ghosts too.......

  • Alphanostrum
    04/30/2016 06:04pm

    I had always thought they could see ghosts too.....

  • UV or IR ?
    05/01/2016 01:10am

    I noticed that you said "UV light is the wave length beyond the visible light from red to violet" That is incorrect! UV light is on the other side of the spectrum after Blue. Infrared light (IR) is the light that comes after Red. So does that mean that cats see IR light instead to UV light? Could you clarify? the fact that cat and dog can see in the IR light is a old know fact but seeing UV light also, would mean that they have an extremely wide spectrum range compare to humans instead of being just shifted toward one or the other side of the visible spectrum.

  • Signs of Spirits
    05/02/2016 03:58am

    I just moved from an "Evil" spirited house... I found this site to verify the dog's actions...

    Signs You Cat, Dog, or Misc ;) Pet is Seeing Spirits


    This weblog documents my experience as someone who communicates with the dead. I will share as much as possible without revealing the person or people that commissioned me to speak with their loved one or loved ones.

  • I never new this...
    05/05/2016 12:22pm

    I was always wondering if they could see ghosts or spirits because my cat looks around at night because she started when my grandma died.

  • grammagg
    06/18/2016 04:08am

    I am new to this site. I was curious as to what others thought about this subject. I found it very interesting that most do believe that animals see things that we can't. I do too because at times a couple of our cats will be sitting with us on the sofa and looking up at the ceiling behind us. We do have a lamp at each end of the sofa and now that I have read that they may see uv light, it makes sense. The person that wrote about living in a 100 yr old house and hearing noises like broken glass; etc is bellievable. My husband and his family lived in such a house in Lancaster, CA when he was growing up. Several people in the house were witnesses to noises being heard that sounded like the house was being destroyed! Shattered glass, doors slamming on their own, footsteps running in the halls and even vehicles pulling up in the driveway. Some even said that when the vehicles pulled into the driveway they could hear vehicle doors slamming and people talking, children laughing. But, when someone would go out to see who came to visit: no one was there. So do I believe in spirits? Yes. Am I a Christian? Yes. Do I believe in the Bible? Yes. I have seen apperitions myself at times. When we lived in Lancaster before I met my husband, we had an Uncle that we loved dearly who lived with us. He passed away in 1971 at our home. He used to sit in an old wicker rocker. After he passed away I was staying with my Mom and Dad and heard the rocker rocking back and forth. I got out of bed to see who was in Uncle Roy's chair. No one that I could see, but the chair was rocking. When our eldest son passed away due to an auto accident again we were staying with my Mom and Dad, but this time in Arkanasas where we live now. My family was sleeping in the living room when I heard the front door creek. I just figured that some more relatives were coming in. However, when I looked up I witnessed my son's faint apperition come around the corner into the living room. He was dressed in the same clothes he had on when the accident happened. I know for a fact that I saw him because my other son told me the same thing the next morning as did my nephew who was very, very close to our son. And the two that wrote that they sometimes feel their pet jump on the bed can be fact as well. Our son has often said that at night when he is in bed he feels something on his bed as though a cat is there walking around and things have been known to fall of his end table as well when this happens. We have had cats and dogs that have lived and died. I have no doubt that they stay with us to give us comfort. So, I do in fact believe that our loved ones can communicat with us in special ways. Am I scared? No. Actually, I find it comforting to know that they have concern for us too. Now on another note: I agree that all the put-downs, name calling and such have no place on this site or any other site. If you don't believe in what is being posted, either say something nice or quzitive, but don't be nasty to others just because they do believe. To all of you that have or had furbabies, bless you. Especially if rescued or cared for on the street or woods. Trust me, they are very appreciative of the care. All but one of my two dogs and nine cats are rescues. Either by choice or dumped on our property. Either way, they all receive TLC!

  • 06/26/2016 10:24pm

    Welcome to social media :p
    I look forward to having real thought exchanges with people, and agree that we can all do without the nastiness that seems to have become the norm. I guess it's a generational thing - I was not raised to put others down. And I'm really not that old.
    Thanks for your compassion with your animals!

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    06/26/2016 09:55am

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