4 Signs Your Pet Has Seen A Ghost

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Can pets see ghosts? Dogs, cats, rabbits? Turtles?

It’s an interesting question, and while it remains unclear whether or not ghosts actually exist, many people do believe that animals’ exceptional senses allow them to see anomalous activity that we humans cannot. There are even some alleged “signs” that our pets can, in fact, see ghosts.

Here, we’ll examine four of them.

A Quick Word On Animal Senses

It’s well known that dogs have much better senses than humans.

According to Animal Planet, a dog’s eyes “detect more delicate movements; his sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. He can hear much higher frequencies, and at four times the distance of a human with normal hearing.” This, some claim, could mean that dogs and other animals also sense the paranormal, and are often more accepting of it.

Which brings us to our first sign that your pet has seen a ghost…

1. Looking through the air with eyes following something invisible

In December 2011, YouTube user Zack Clark decided to record footage of his dog, Zoey, who had been “exhibiting strange behavior.”

This included focusing intently on a certain area of the apartment, and seeming to follow an invisible force with her eyes. At the end of the following video, Zoey even seems to look up and stare at the alleged ghost. Whatever is happening here, it’s clear Zoey can see (or sense) more than her owner.

2. Barking, growling, or hissing when nothing is there

As seen in the above video, this dog not only follows that invisible something, but also barks and growls at it. This could, of course, be due to a variety of reasons — perhaps there are mice in the walls, or there’s a sound present that’s inaudible to humans (possibly infrasound). It could even just be a reaction to the shadows on the walls.

But there’s another possibility: Could this be a sign that a ghost was present at that moment?

3. Ignoring You

I’ve read (I don’t remember where) that cats are more indifferent to spirits than other animals. Or maybe it was that cats are just more indifferent in general.

The following video may beg to differ:

The third sign that your pet has seen a ghost is simple: acting distractedly. Ignoring you, its attention split by a (potentially) invisible force in the room.

4. Fear of the Unknown

Reddit user Lillibeth shared a story two years ago that exemplifies our final sign that your pet has seen a ghost: fear. She had recently moved into an old house with her grandparents. The place was about 100 years old and, in her words, “creepy.”

One night, she and her dog, Lola, were about to go to bed. But Lola began to act strangely. She jumped up and went to the bed’s edge, as if to look over. Her eyes then began to follow something in the air, something invisible.

“I would call her name and she wouldn’t move,” Lillibeth wrote. She turned on the light to see if perhaps Lola was being pestered by a fly or a mouse, but she saw nothing. Then, as if in fear, Lola curled up against Lillibeth, occasionally glancing over the edge of the bed throughout the night.

Was Lola afraid of something her owner could not see?

These are questions I suppose we can’t answer. We can’t speak to our pets and know what they’re thinking. What are their eyes following when we see nothing there? Why are they barking or growling, why are they afraid?

Has your pet ever acted strangely? Do you believe it was a ghost?

Also be sure to check out my latest article on whether or not cats can journey into other dimensions.


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  • David Giron

    I have found that Dogs are like people, some have greater abilities at seeing and hearing the spiritual realm, either that or some just choose to ignore it. My dog “Ace” can clearly see and hear the spirits and clearly lets me know by his gestures and actions during an Investigation which he goes to most with me.
    As for cats, I believe all see them very well and the more aggressive (mean) spirits hate this and just assume hurt them.

  • Littleivy

    Oh my gosh my cats constantly act like this! My house is really old and I actually frequently hear random creaks – even when I’m home alone and the cats are all in my room. When stuff like this happens, they all become super alert and just stare intently at the door. Sometimes they’ll start twitching and they’ll jump back.

  • Aeron

    A few days ago, my cat was staring at the ceiling, and appeared to be tracking something as it moved. I looked where she was looking several times, but didn’t see anything. Oddly enough, she was doing this while I was preparing food, and she normally will always sit and beg for food, but whatever it was she was staring at distracted her. Sure enough, a minute later, I saw a small, white orb quickly dart through the air in front of me. Definitely wasn’t a bug, as it’s currently winter where I live and I haven’t seen any bugs around in awhile.

    • Hada Merryweather

      Orb for sure. Use your cell phone video camera with flash on to see if you can catch more.

  • Steven Burgas

    I feel dumber for even having clicked the link to this.

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  • dennisg40

    Oh yes my cats have followed invisible objects before and I know it when I see it. It is my belief we are surrounded on earth by ghosts or things from other dimensions that we cannot see. yes we can see some from other dimensions just as we can see ghosts sometimes. We are only 3D so we mostly are in a fairly desolate visual range however we do have people who are blessed and can see spirits and the dead. Also many children are able to see them too until adults train them to stop seeing them.

    • Otto

      As a baby, my daughter would sometimes stare up at the ceiling and giggle at something for extended periods.

  • Marie

    I am quite sure my dog is seeing my father’s ghost.

  • Kathy Holmes

    My cat stares at the same spot for ages, after i get her attention she goes back to staring at the same place :/

  • jane doe

    Its true my dogs do it almost daily. It creeps me out. They smell and see spirits.

  • Stella

    My dog is very protective of me. Will bite easily or will not let me take a certain path if it believes I’m in the least bit of danger. Well a little while ago(about 3:15am) he woke me up and was telling me had to go out. Well as we were going downstairs together he stopped us in the middle of the stairs and was visibly following something with his gaze as his eyes were darting around very alert. The last stop his eyes made were right next to me and he was visibly upset went in front of me and forced me back up the stairs. We waited a while my roommate woke up, I told her about it, we all went together. I let him out and he really had to go. So whatever it was scared him enough or his or my safety that is was worth holding a crap in that he woke me up to take

  • curtis dickson

    my cat is constantly starring around my house but she never growls or anything, iv lost alot of people that were extremely close to me in the past ten years from girlfreinds that died by natrual causes to family members that want to say hello. i know im not crazy because i have picked up the energy of a ghost before on an emf in one spot in my house but i have yet to pick up the spot agian. also i watched a portrait that has remained dormant and stable for 2 to 3 years turn on its side and fall over. afterwords i caught a little movement coming in closer but it stopped right beside my laptop which was where i was working. by no means should that portrait have fallen down. the whole time i never felt i was in danger but more as just a heads up im visting in a non threatning way. someday il get a physic to give me a reading of myself and my place (living with mother fulltime student currently) im curouis what exzactly she would find. if you would like to know more please message me on facebook

  • Julie A Connors

    My mother died Dec 19 2015. She had been sick with als and I was taking care of her at her home and I had my cats their with me. The last two days of her life she was only in the hospital bed in her home. My cat Frank stayed by her. On Dec 19, I called my sister and Aunt and said I didn’t think she would make it till the next day. All of us were gathered around the bed and Frank was sitting on the end table next to her bed. She was struggling to breathe and I gave her some morphine and she passed within a minute or so. My cat started smelling the air then looked up slowly as if he was watching her leave her body. He then started smelling her and staring up at the ceiling. I am sure Frank saw my mom’s soul leave her body. Since my mom has passed Frank will not leave my side. He follows me everywhere and lays on me, always with his head laying on a part of my body. He constantly meows and keeps his eyes on me. He is a totally different cat. i love my cats and miss my mother who I know is an angel and also a guardian angel as she died on my nieces 10th birthday at 7.19pm.