There’s no indication on the video as to why the cats suddenly dive for cover. But moments later, the answer is clear as the ground rumbles and the cat trees and cages begin to shake: an earthquake.
Luckily, none of the nearly two dozen cats living in the CAT Café CATchy were injured. The earthquake was short and not particularly intense, measuring a 3 out of 7 on the Shindo seismic scale.
If you watch the video closely, it appears that some of the cats are agitated a full 10 to 11 seconds before the quake actually strikes.
It raises a question for us here at Meowingtons. Do cats have a Sixth Sense? Can cats actually sense an earthquake before it even happens?
According to National Geographic, the belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries, with historians recording strange animal behavior prior to an earthquake as early as 373 B.C. In modern times, the majority of evidence of animals predicting earthquakes is almost entirely anecdotal. Many pet owners have claimed that their cats and dogs began acting strangely before the ground actually began shaking, by barking or yowling for no apparent reason, or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness.
One theory is that wild and domestic creatures are more sensitive and can feel the Earth vibrate before humans. Others still suggest they can detect electrical changes in the air or gas released from the Earth, thus alerting them to the oncoming quake.
[h/t Laughing Squid]
Have you ever noticed unusual animal behavior before an earthquake?