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strange question: Do cats know what day it is?
shellgg posted:
The reason I ask is because my normally laid back, kind of lazy cat freaks out on Friday nights when I get home from work. He runs around and jumps on his cat houses, peals the corners, and practically fly's.
Is it possible that he senses what day it is? Like he knows that it's the weekend and I will be home for a couple of days?
I know that they sense the time of day because my husband tells me that every night, at 8:30, he walks to the window to wait for me.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Sounds like a party cat to me! No, cat's don't likely know what day it is but they are very sensitive to changes in their environment and your emotions. They're also creatures of habit so perhaps there's something you do routinely that tips him off, like throw your stuff down and announce "Thank God it's Friday!" or mix drinks or make dinner reservations, etc. Whatever it is, he sounds ready for it. Have a great weekend!

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
rockjdog replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
yes they always know what day it is.
It is always today.
Just kidding, funny story though.
MSettle78 replied to rockjdog's response:
Both my dogs do something very similar and on Monday Mornings they get depressed
ninlives responded:
Yes, cats know what day of the week it is. I used to have a Maine Coon look-alike that knew Wednesday & Sundays. I would give him canned food on only those 2 days of the week as a treat. On the morning of those 2 days and only those 2 days - he would paw at the door of the cabinet where I kept the canned food.

This cat would also alert me to my having had a voice mail left for me during the day. My answering machine was in the bedroom - on the days that someone had called during the day and left me a message, he would sit outside the bedroom door as if to tell me to go check the answer machine.

He also would growl like a dog, when he heard the squeeky brakes of the UPS truck, whether the UPS man came to my door or to the neighbors.
luckydawn122 replied to ninlives's response:
I have a shelter cat and I think he is part Maine Coon. He is THE smartest cat I have ever come across-and it's not just mama braging! He looks so bummed when I leave to go to work Monday morning-though I'm probably giving off the vibe. Around 5:00 when I'm due home, my husband will say"Mommy's coming" and he stares out the window till my car comes down the drive, then he's up to greet me at the door-I think he's part dog!
An_221152 responded:
My cat wakes me up at 6:00 am, every morning, and doesn't stop 'pawing' me until I get up. It's amazing!


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