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Animals and earthquakes

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 at 1:45 pm in Animals, Cats, dogs, Earthquakes, Pet birds, Pets.

Did you feel the 3.7 earthquake at 1:41 p.m. on Tuesday (March 21, centered 6 miles southeast of Moraga, CA)? I sure did!

There was also a smaller 2.7 magnitude quake at 1:45 p.m., and a whole bunch of little ones at 1:56 p.m.

Even more important, did your pet(s) feel anything?

I’m always curious about how our dogs, cats, birds, snakes, goldfish, tortoises, and other animal companions react to earthquakes. Especially if you notice your pets doing anything unusual BEFORE the earthquake happens.

Does anyone think their animal companion "predicted" that quake?

For example, did anyone notice their cat standing in the living room, rocking back and forth and holding a big cardboard arrow pointed at the floor just before the quake? (Assuming it had never done that before!)

Just kidding (I think). I am serious, though, in wanting to find out how your pets reacted, if indeed they reacted at all. I suspect my dimwitted cat (please don’t take offense to that description, we still love him!), Newman, might have yawned, rolled over, and waited for Mother Nature to massage the other side of his 18-lb. body.

So let’s have a little survey.

I’d appreciate an e-mail to describing what your pets did before, during, and after the quakes. Let me know even if your pet didn’t do anything. I’ll pull it all together and we can take a look at the results here (and in my daily column).

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3 Responses to “Animals and earthquakes”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Hi Gary,

    My gang (4 cats & a dog) did absolutely nothing; but then, we’re in Antioch where I was oblivious too.


  2. Elizabeth Terry Says:

    Gary, In answer to your question in your Mar. 4th column, my yellow-naped parrot, Charlie and I were watching Dr. Phil on Mar. 1st when all of a sudden Charlie went flying off his perch across the family room and into the kitchen. He almost never flies so I thought “What,s got into him”, and then I felt the quake here in Concord, so I’m convinced that animals sense things before we humans do.

  3. Donna in STL Says:

    Hey Gary. I was sleeping until my fat Bombay, Chester, came crawling across my chest about 5 or 6 times. At the same time he was purring and sniffing my face like he was checking I was still alive. After that he curled up right next to me and I thought that was unusual.. because he always sleeps at the foot of my bed , no exceptions, he’s a very independent little guy.

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