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How did your pets react to Tuesday’s 5.6 earthquake?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 6:46 am in Earthquakes.

Did your pets even notice the shaking? Did they run and hide?
The magnitude 5-6 earthquake hit about 8:04 p.m. Tuesday evening. It was reportedly the biggest quake to hit the Bay Area in 18 years, since Loma Prieta.

So how did your dog, cat, parrot, alligator, or other pets react to the quake?

Did they appear to “sense” the earthquake before it happened? Did you pick up any clues that there was an earthquake on the way?

What did your pets do during and after the earthquake?

Please leave your comments below under “post a comment,” or by clicking on “Comments.” I’d like to use this information in my daily newspaper column in the Times and other papers.

What did MY cats do during the quake? I hardly even felt the thing where I live in Benicia. I think the Sacramento River tends to absorb any earthquake vibrations when the quake happens south of us. Anyone else in Benicia feel anything?

I was talking to my wife, Lois, on my cell phone when I suddenly felt a little queasy and MAYBE felt a little shake. “We may or may not have just had a tiny earthquake here,” I said. Newman, our 19-lb. Maine coon cat who was sleeping on the couch next to me, raised his big head and looked around. “Please stop doing that,” he said, and went back to sleep.

Our Abyssinian, Tut, was snoozing someplace else in the house and I didn’t hear a peep out of him.

So what did your pets have to say about our Halloween shaker? (BOO?) /Gary

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4 Responses to “How did your pets react to Tuesday’s 5.6 earthquake?”

  1. stanfordfan Says:

    We live in Santa Rosa and we did not feel the quake. We didn’t know about it until we saw it on the evening news. But earlier in the evening, my dog did start barking for absolutely no reason that I was aware of. Perhaps she was aware of it.

  2. Deborah Says:

    I almost missed the earthquake, because my cat, Zoe, was busy climbing all over and around me at the time. This is normal behavior for her when she feels like it (randomly). She was either completely oblivious, or was trying to tell me something!

    My husband was the one who noticed the shaking from just a few feet away. When he mentioned it, I noticed that all of the Halloween decorations that are hanging from our ceiling were rockin’ and rollin’. Ohhhhhh, yeah. Earthquake, as experienced from our home in Antioch.

  3. Pam Feliksiak Says:

    Tawny, my 12 year old tabby normally greets me with ankle rubs when I come home in the evening. Last night he started running at break neck speed from room to room all around the house. Two minutes later everything started rolling here in Pittsburg.
    Guess it wasn’t my presence that excited him after all.

  4. Sue Caraway Says:

    I was sitting at my computer in Pleasanton when I felt the first small jolt of the earthquake, followed by a gentle rolling motion, back and forth, for about 15 seconds. My cat Mollie became alert 2-3 seconds after the first jolt and then launched her 15 pound body off the chair and ran upstairs. (Upstairs is safer??) My little Chihuahua, Chica, became and barked a couple of times, but I can’ be sure if that was in response to the earthquake or the cat suddenly leaving the room. Sorry you missed the action… it was interesting.

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