4 Signs Your Pet Has Seen A Ghost

By on February 14, 2016 // Ghosts & Phantoms // 9 Comments

Image: Kate Brady via CC by 2.0
Image: Kate Brady via CC by 2.0

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?

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • 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.