Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cat Thursday - Canary Cat


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One of my nicknames for Goof is Canary Cat. Are you familiar with the story of canary birds acting as warning systems for coal miners? For many years, into the 20th century, canaries would be used to warn miners of toxic gases; the poor things would get sick and keel over long before the bigger humans.

Well, Goof doesn't warn me of toxic gases but he does warn me when I'm getting sick. Whether it's an impending asthma attack, pneumonia, or the stomach bug, even before I feel sick he starts cuddling up to me and sticks to me 24/7. I joke that I'm going to call work and say "I can't come in today, the cat says I'm getting sick." As I get better, he starts moving off and spending less time with me. No other cat I've had has done this, just Goof.

Does your cat keep you company when you're not feeling well?


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7 comments:

  1. I knew about the canaries but I've never read such a thing about a cat, that's wonderful how he wants to take care of you :) But then, cats are amazing !

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  2. Awww...that's so cute. My cats don't bother with me when I'm sick. (They probably don't want to catch anything - LOL.) I did have a cat that would cuddle next to me when I was sick, though.

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  3. That's so sweet! My first cat would come to me when I was crying. He wasn't a particularly cuddly cat the rest of the time, but he always seemed to know when I really needed him.

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  4. That is so sweet! I have one cat, Rask, who is always coming to sleep on me as a try to work. I can't say I have ever had a cat that has stayed with me when I've been sick though. Maybe one day I'll have a cat like Goof :).

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  5. Proving he is just beyond awesome. What a good boy looking out for his mom!

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  6. That is really cool! You know, I read somewhere years ago that there were animals (I think it was dogs) who could sense cancer. It's probably the same with all illnesses. Maybe we should all start paying attention to our animals' behavior around us and then see if we get sick. It would be an interesting case study.

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