Can Dogs and Cats See Ghosts?
Can Dogs See Ghosts? Can Cats See Ghosts, Too?
If you’ve ever owned a dog or cat, you have probably been around when one of your pets has had a random fit and barked at the air or played with something that seems to be invisible. This usually makes us wonder can dogs see ghosts? Can cats see ghosts, too? Most humans might not be able to see ghosts, but what about our four-legged friends?
In a world where there are psychics, mediums, palm-readers, and tarot card readers in nearly every strip mall, some of us wonder if all this supernatural stuff is fake. The smart ones know the spiritual world exists beyond the natural world, and dogs and cats can typically see this.
Can Dogs See Ghosts When We Can’t?
Is it the dog’s keen sense of smell or eyesight that gives them the ability to see ghosts?
As a little girl, I grew up in a house with a mother who was a huge animal lover. We always had cats and dogs in the house among other small animals like ferrets and hamsters. Animals have a connection to nature and are very much in-tune with their surroundings. The dogs could see things we couldn’t. The air would grow heavy and even though we could feel a shift in energy, only the dogs and cats could see the spirits.
Our dogs would do anyone of the following when they saw ghosts:
- their hackles would raise for no known reason
- they would bark at the air
- attack something on the walls or in the closets
- be protective of their humans for no known reason
- run and hide in a corner for no known reason
- play with something invisible
And the list of these creepy occurrences could continue on and on…
So it raises the question, do dogs see ghosts? Are they seeing something that we choose not to see or cannot see? Many ghost hunters and investigators believe that dogs can.
Why Can Dogs See Ghosts When We Can’t?
Are dogs able to tune into the supernatural because they are less jaded than humans? Maybe it’s because they have keener senses than we do. They can smell, see, and hear much better than we can.
Dogs have been a part of mythology in many different cultures and often are guides to the underworld. Dogs are psychopomps. A psychopomp is a spirit that guides souls to the other side. For instance, if we look at the mythology of Hecate, she stands at the crossroads between life and death and is always accompanied by a three-headed white canine. If we look at Egyptian mythology, Anubis is the god of mummification and also a psychopomp. Anubis is always depicted as a man with the head of a jackal.
In the state of Maryland, there is a legend about a Blue Dog who appears only on the night of his master’s death that over two centuries ago. Stories of ghost-dogs are heard all over the world and are particularly popular in the United States.
Can dogs see ghosts because they have a connection to the otherworld? It would make sense that a psychopomp would be able to easily see and feel the presence of otherworldly spirits and ghosts. Or can dogs see ghosts only because of their keen senses?
Can Cats See Ghosts, Too?
If dogs can see ghosts, can cats see ghosts too? If you’ve ever owned a cat, or just been around a cat, you’ll know how otherworldly they are. They walk that fine line between the spiritual and physical realms. We had a cat who would go wild on full moons, which we believe was a reaction to the ghosts in the house. He would literally climb the walls, scratching things he wouldn’t normally touch, and tear around the house as if running away or after something invisible.
Is it the cat’s eyes that make it able to see ghosts? Or is it their otherworldly senses? Can cats see ghosts? I believe the answer is yes.
Cats in Mythology
Our feline friends permeate folklore and mythology all over the world. Can cats see ghosts because of their connection to the godly realms? The ancient Egyptians considered cats sacred for this reason. There were two ancient Egyptian goddesses who were cats. Sekhmet was the warrior lioness goddess and Bast was the gentle Egyptian goddess of the hearth, fertility, and women. One can still travel to Egypt and pick up a miniature statue of Bast to this day. In fact, there have been thousands of mummified cats found in Egypt, demonstrating the Egyptians’ reverence for cats.
The Norse goddess Freyja is associated with cats. And let’s not forget the folklore of black cats. Most people automatically think black cats are bad luck, or that they are the witch’s helper. This belief relates to the worship of Freyja and the Christian Church trying to convert her worshipers in the Middle Ages. Cats were demoted from a guardian of the gods to evil creatures.
In Edain McCoy’s book “A Witch’s Guide to the Faery Folk“, she says that if you have a cat in your house that the fairies or “wee folk” will not come around. They are supposedly fearful of cats, because cats know when spirits are present in or around a home. So if cats are sensitive to the wee folk, there is no doubt they are sensitive to ghosts, as well.
The ancient Celts believed cats were guardians to the underworld and were also spirit guides. They believed cats were a direct link to the Mother Goddess and to the universe.
Cats are sensitive to atmospheric changes such as approaching thunderstorms. So if cats can sense a change in the atmospheric pressure, can cats see ghosts as easily as we see storms?