It’s not uncommon to hear about cats who hiss and act strangely for what would seem no reason, and then an earthquake shakes their neighborhood. Nor is it unusual to hear about dogs who will lie down on their owners right before the person is about to have a seizure. It’s as if they have some kind of psychic ability, or perhaps even, a sixth sense. But can they tell when someone is pregnant?
There have been numerous stories of people who say their pet might lick or prod at their belly, or become standoffish in credit to some underlying cause. At first the person is confused by their pet’s unusual behavior. And then, a few days pass, and they take a pregnancy test that comes out positive. In this aspect, we can see that evidence points to animals and their skill in being able to figure out about that precious bundle growing in their owner’s belly. On several occasions they know before even the woman knew.
In truth, the reason for this uncanny ability is not clear, nor for that matter, other abilities and senses that our pets have. Sometimes, a dog will know there is something different about his female owner, but just not particularly that she is having a baby. Other times, the animal will know exactly what is different about their lady friend. A variation of stories can be read about dogs and cats who will actually lie down with their people and lick or nuzzle their belly when they have never done that before.
One possible cause for this extraordinary skill can be the result of the canine’s remarkable sense of smell. A dog can smell a million times better than a human, leading to a theory among researchers who think this is why your pooch is able to decipher the changing hormones and pheromones in a pregnant woman.
It’s not just the “normal” house pets either. Sure, both cats and dogs have been known to follow their pregnant owners around, or, vice versa, they might end up becoming edgy and independent. Maybe someone’s jealous? But other animals, including those on the farm will recognize the growing fetus inside a woman’s womb, particularly horses, who have been known to trail their expecting owners and nose at their bellies.
Today, it’s not exactly known why animals know about pregnancy, but there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to suggest that they can, among other amazing abilities, sense a new addition to the family.