I know it sounds loopy, but I genuinely believe our cat Purdy could sense I was pregnant before I’d even taken the test. At the time I frantically Googled the phenomena and found several articles concluding that this was indeed possible. In fact, it is said that cats (and other animals) can detect illness too.
Since my little rocket man has speedily crawled all over the house, Purdy has become a target for his over-enthusiastic attention. She has been so good with him, as he ‘hugs’, grabs and generally gets in her face. Watching her today reminded me what an integral part she played almost two years ago, in getting me to finally take the test that screamed ‘Pregnant.’
The week leading up to my BFP (‘Big Fat Positive’ for those unaware of pregnancy forum lingo!) was a bit odd in general. We’d been trying for a little miracle for a while, so I was always on high alert for any unusual activity. I first started to suspect we had been successful when I had very weird and vivid dreams every night of the week. I actually kept a record of them because they were so bizarre. Reading back through my notes I see that in one week I dreamt about: foxes, badgers, moles, tigers, elephants, lions and a koala bear! I began looking at ‘What do your dreams mean?’ websites after waking up several times from these very real dreams, quite often featuring baby animals. The websites always detailed a few different options, but the word pregnancy certainly featured.
The last dream I had involved a pile of huge rocks falling onto the vehicle I was in. A quick website search concluded the significance of this dream could be ‘A big change is coming.’ I’m not a particularly spiritual person, but I’m very open-minded. I believe my mind and body were trying to tell me something.
A psychic cat?
That’s where Purdy comes in. As well as all these strange dreams, I had also been feeling a bit off all week. Little niggles and a few tummy aches here and there. When you’re trying for a baby these subtle signs do trigger your suspicions, but it all seemed too good to be true. I was pondering all of this one afternoon when Purdy jumped onto my lap. She immediately started sniffing my tummy. Now as I’m a clumsy eater I just assumed I’d dropped something and she could smell it. But I had a good look and there was nothing there. She then started licking my tummy and finally she kept kneading it. Over the next couple of days she repeated this behaviour several times and was extremely clingy. She followed me everywhere, purring very loudly. It was as if she was trying to give me a message.
As this was all going on, a friend announced she was pregnant. We were chatting about her exciting news when she said how funny it was that her dog kept sniffing her tummy…. Taking the hint and feeling like Miss Marple, I did one last Google search for ‘Can cats detect pregnancy?’. The answer came back as a resounding ‘Yes.’ So I promptly went out and purchased a couple of pregnancy tests (just to be sure) and the following day I was thrilled to receive my BFP.
Fact or fiction?
I know some of you will be tutting and shaking your head as you read this, putting all of it down to pure coincidence. And maybe it was. As a sensible person the skeptic in me would also conclude this to be the case. However, I do think there is more to it. Purdy had never exhibited that behaviour before (and hasn’t since) and I certainly have never had so many vivid dreams all in one week. I’ll never know for sure of course, but I like to think I’ve got a special bond with my rescue cat and perhaps she is a little bit psychic.
Did you have any strange signs you were pregnant?