Has Your Dog Or Cat Seen A Ghost? 4 Signs to Look Out For

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A dog looks outside, wondering -- did it see a ghost?

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.

Their keen senses mean that animals may also have the ability to predict earthquakes, a belief that, as National Geographic reports, dates back centuries. In records from the year 373 BC, historians noted that many animals, “including rats, snakes and weasels” fled the Greek city of Helice prior to a devastating earthquake. This is a phenomenon that continues to be observed to this day, though it is still not fully understood.

Of course, there’s a big difference between earthquakes and ghosts. However, this simply goes to underline the fact that animals, including dogs and cats, may sense many things that we are not able to.

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

A Dog Sees A Ghost
Image: Patrick Carr/Unsplash

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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59 Replies to “Has Your Dog Or Cat Seen A Ghost? 4 Signs to Look Out For”

  1. 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.

    1. I don’t know what to do. I have an American bullboxer she’s three and a half years old. Her name is Holly named after famous MMA wrestler . Now mind you this is a very hyperactive dog and when she is outside she never stops running to the point where I have Trail paths all over my lawn. She’s very smart but she never stops never never stops.

      In September of 2018 she started having these episodes of just stopping where she was and staring straight pretty much without moving her head at all in a Direction that I would look to see what she was looking at and I couldn’t see anything. There have been times that she would not let me pass her like being protective of me. This happened off and on for about two months I would say with no episode lasting over an hour. Every episode was marked by trembling and fear and ignoring me and sketchy eye movement and she wouldn’t come she wouldn’t take food she wouldn’t take her favorite treat of peanut butter. So she won’t eat during these episodes. Most of them happened outside 2 had happened inside and as long as I just let her go about her business eventually she would snap out of it. No no episodes during the winter months at all that I ran into till last night at 7. It lasted 12 hours. I have a video. She was drooling this time. She blocked me from going outside to the point where it was starting to trip me out. It was dark already but it was like my dog wasn’t there. No aggression just Terror. She did it all night long. A few times I woke up and she was on the floor at the foot of my bed cuz she normally sleeps with me and she was staring at it whatever she could see still terrified.

      A little over twelve hours later she’s starting to come around but she still has her proverbial tail between her legs if you know what I mean. I live on an Old Homestead that is my family’s and my dad my grandfather my dad’s brother have all passed away. My grandpa grandpa passed away in the backyard here in 1963. I’ve never seen a ghost but I have experienced a few things since I’ve been back in this house. I’ve been taking care of my mother in this home for almost four years. She went to a nursing home in September and that’s when all this started. She’s very much still alive but I don’t know where to turn. I don’t know what to do for her because she’s terrified and last night was the hardest for me because I started to get nervous about what is actually there then you know I had to think logically that nothing happened in the past no one got hurt the dog didn’t get hurt you know and I had to just go about my business.

      Now mind you this is a very hyperactive dog and when she is outside she never stops running to the point where I have trail paths all over my lawn and she’s very smart at but she never stops never, never stops. Just stopping where she was and staring straight pretty much without moving. Always Waggin never slows down very hyper so I know she sees something that scares her and doesn’t want me to go near it she’s very protective of me those are the facts that I see without trying to you know do any guessing on my part. Thanks for listening any feedback would be appreciated.

      1. You need to take this dog to a vet. It sounds like she is having seizures. Gazing in space & trembling are symptoms of petit mal seizures in dogs.

      2. Whoever might say to you this is the stroke was your dog is having seizures that is not true I believe that the dogs have have that extra sense and was sharper than us humans and they do since things that we cannot see what you need to do is pray and pray over your dog because even the Bible says that when I pets die they do go to heaven because not only did God created All the animals sure animals that have gone on and passed away we will see them again take care

    2. The only problem I have experienced with spirits is stalking and temporary paralysis, mostly sleep paralysis. However, I have seen wolves running through my yard, even though I live in the suburban area. My dog sees them too, but nobody else does. If anyone knows what’s up with the phantom wolves, I would like to know.

      1. I don’t know where you live but I would research the area this is possibly you could live near where Indians used to live or a possible burial area because it is said that the Indian spirits can take the form of a wolf or dog and yes it would be a spirit animal but not from the ones that’s why TripAdvisor

      1. hi
        my dog is 1 year old and is called kira everyday and night she stares at the ceiling and barks as if there is something there .
        she want let any of us go out of the room where she is

  2. 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.

    1. Get out of the house your being your being affected by a bad ghost. You will feel that depression and emptyness aswell that feeling of being watched when you’re watching TV, or simply at night when you turn off the lights. You will feel better as soon as you do. How to church and splash holy water all over your house and self as well others. And pray for protection and also thank your cats for takeing care if you. But I do suggest leave the neighborhood, it could also be the neighbors house ghost. They love vacant houses.

      1. Okay, you’re doing a bit much. Not all sprits are evil & warrant leaving your home (and, as you suggest, the whole neighborhood altogether) just because your pet sees something you don’t. Sometimes current owners & spirits of former ones can coexist without conflict or drama. (Until it doesn’t, of course–THAT’S when you leave!)

    2. I would just constantly be praying when you’re in your house or on your grounds and pray over your little cats that the Lord will protect you from anything evil but you have to have faith 😇

      1. I agree. Prayer is a very good way of dealing with anything evil. This prayer has always been a Godsend to me, so I share it with you.

  3. 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.

    1. My cat was looking at me weird and then my family and I all saw this white ghost cat run out the front door it disappeared in the Moonlight I’ve always seen weird things so do my kids but this was just weird we were all looking each other like did you see that

    2. i have a cat by the name of china who has a mixture of white, orange and black, recently i have started locking her out of my room because of the shedding of hair but this was something completely different, at 4:22 am today i was awaken by my door closing and as my body tingled i felt the presence of china on the bed as my eyes were half open i saw the image of her, but when i called her name she completely ignored me and walked over my hand however, when i tried to move my entire body was paralyzed by the force of gravity for a mere three seconds, then after i felt such a sensation, i got up, turned the light and looked over where she always sleep and then was no sign of her. i checked under my bed under the computer table and still nothing.

      1. yo I have 2 dogs and they both bark at night and growl at something outside and behave strange I’m very scared ik its smt to do with ghost but what and why udk

  4. 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.

    1. There’s nothing to be afraid of. My little dogs pick up my sister’s spirit all the time. They play with her in the hall. And she is not a child. She is an adult. I know she is in my house as I can feel her presence & smell her perfume. You should be more afraid of the living than poor soul’s who have passed over.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Last March on the 5th Anniversary of my husband’s passing. My 3 girls and I went to bed. As I got comfy my Petunia who usually sleeps by my head, jumped off the pillow and started packing growling at something in the bathroom. My​ other girls were in the middle of the bed. I sat up and looked in the direction of the bathroom and didn’t see anything. When I tried to calm her down she wouldn’t stop growling. This went on for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Before she laid down for sleep.

  9. My dog was normal and letting me pet her and all of the sudden she pulled her head away and ran from my kitchen past the door and to the living room and she slid like she was dying. I freaked out because from my past dogs and cats Ive never seen this. She ran into the living room and I ran straight to her to see if she was okay and she shoved her head into my arm and made me pet her. I instantly started research on if dogs can see ghosts and my sources say yes. I believe in ghosts personally but I never imagined my Doberman being scared of one.

  10. Yes. Today I was sat at our kitchen table when a bag of bread fell off of the counter top soon after I picked it up and went back to my seat and then I noticed my pug,willow,came in the room.It was like she was running to see if I was ok and then she started barking across from where the bread had fell off of the counter but this has not been the first time it’s happened my other dog had recently passed away and since she’s been gone willow would sometimes bark into thin air and its really creepy for me since I’m 11 and all but now I think I know what it is and I don’t have to worry.

  11. My husband lost his father this pass march. He lived with us for 3 years. We got cremated and his urn with his ashes are on top of the refrigerator and our cat Felix loves to lay up there a lot. I like to know if my father in law is around

  12. I’m cat sitting for a friend with the cat staying at my house. Just now the cat was sitting on the end of the bed by my feet. Suddenly he got up turned around, look over at the blank space next to me, made a guttural noise, jumped off the bed, and went under it to hide. I was trying to figure out what just happened. Suddenly I realized, could he have seen my cat that passed away 1.5 years ago? It was also in this room and on this bed that I had the vet come to send my kitty to the Rainbow Bridge. Very strange.

  13. I lived next door to a funeral home. About midnight one night my niece ran to me to come look out the window. There were 3 white cats in a triangle form. The point at the door of the funeral home. They stood in position for over an our channeling from what i can see. They were there in position so long i went to bed. Well the next day I asked the funeral director if he just received some new bodies. Im psychic and what I saw told me the cats were collecting spirits from deceased in the funeral home.

    The funeral director told me yes he had just got two new bodies. Well the next week, i saw a white cat walking to the funeral home when i was leaving. Asked the director the next day again, yes he had a new body. Two weeks later another white cat and another new dead body. SO ..as i have always known to be true….cats collect dead spirits. My whole life being psychic, i wont even look at cats.

    1. I definitely agree and have always believed in some sort of paranormal sightings I also believe my cats and now dog do definitely sense something just do not know how to be able to communicate with it

      1. This is what i need to know. My dog Junior has been experiencing very disturbing behavior of staring in the area of my front door, a closet is beside the front door. Its been about 4 months now usually between 230-330 am. He hardly sleeps, he stares intently by the front door, his eyes follow ” something” around, whats devastating is he breaks into a horrible anxiety attack, hard to get him to focus. Fast forward, i smudged my hole home to rid any negative energy…the very next night was a nightmare..he was at the worst ive seen him yet. He was growling. Shaking, trying to hide..but i feel like hes drifting away from me, he adores me as i do him, but hes not even looking at me when i talk to him. There are a ton of things to add to this….im looking for help….junior is 1 of 4 rescues, all were abused, neglected…horribly. They are my world. This only affects my Junior….if anyone would please help me, ive done everything imaginable, my poor guy has trachael collapse which you can only imagine when his anxiety attacks come on, how hard it is for my baby to breathe….if someone out there with great knowledge of this sort of thing, someone whose love for animals is as deep as mine would please help me…i plead with you to please help my Junior….my email is lopesk74@yahoo.com
        This is not any type of joke, please be considerate, and know im this desperate to put my email out to everyone, its worth it to me to find help for this beautiful, once bouncy, happy, loves everyone…baby…to see if someone will with rhe Grace of God..please help…Thank you, Junior and Mom

  14. This one time, my dog came running down to the basement as if the devil was after him. He began looking at a corner of the ceiling, and growling. He also looked into my basement office, where he always hung out, and even after I turned on the light, he refused to go in there. It was rather frightening to see my normally happy-go-lucky, but protective dog acting like this.

  15. I don’t know about this don’t know whats true or not but my cat scares me sometimes its like as if she is staring behind me when she looks at me

  16. I have my 5 cats and my German Shepherd and for many several months 1 cat in particular has been bugged by something in the corner of my bedroom always that same place ? and just last night for almost 2 hours he and 1 or 2 others of my cats along with my dog kept on about it so I taped it on my phone but when I played it back 2-3 times there was this light gray & white object that bounced around the screen near them then after awhile not one of them would come back into the room the rest of the night?

    1. My cat see things to I feel sorry for them because I know they’re only seeing it because of me my kids inherit the same curse probably because of me tonight we saw something unexplainable again it was a white cat ran out the front door my cat before that was looking at me weird kind of squinting

  17. my poodle who was very close to my mother in law has been shaking and acting scared periodically, she she died at home. she could be fine one minute then starts shaking and hiding in the bathroom, under the table or even in our bedroom. it’s so pathedic and we dont know what to do. Any ideas?

  18. in this video of Zoey, that i have watched several time’s, she isn’t looking at either shadow’s of those chairs i see on that wall, she’s looking right in between.

  19. Omg, a minutes ago my cat went to the roof then i heard him hiss at something (the roof is next to my window where he’s at) so i looked at him if sees the other cat that he hates but i see nothing.But until now he’s still there at the roof,looking at something and he didn’t move like he’s scared.So i searching for this i already knew it he sees something i didn’t see creeepy

  20. Ok I off and on, am aware of things others do not see, for past 5 yrs or so I’ve become immune, for many reasons ..
    Soo..lulu would do the looking around the room following something, ..and become adjatated…it became more frenzy, she would hide toys outside, bury them, dog them up and show me and bury them again..tonight she unbaried toys from 6 months ago showed me then buried again making sure I watched…I know it might seem crazy ..but, she forced herself in my room and jumped on bed, eyes following something..i started praying..and telling satan to leave…lu became so docile, licking my hand, calm at times, wanting affection but more like a thank you..she is assed out right now, more peaceful than I have ever seen her in the 4 yrs I’ve know the 7 yr pup

  21. Since moving into this house about five years ago my dog has sometimes watched something , she follows it around with her eyes, sometimes in the lounge sometimes in the bedroom, she appeared a little fearful, last night, she was more scared than usual, she stopped her game of Frisbee, she stopped and jumped onto the bed and began to watch something, her eyes following it as if it was moving around the room mid height between the ceiling and floor, her eyes occasionally darting up to the ceiling and then back down, suddenly she began hiding under my arm with her head turned pressing against my body, the area around us was suddenly icy cold, she stayed like this for about 1 min. then resumed her game and the coldness was gone.
    There have been a number of similar incidents, and sudden cold spots but I feel quite safe in the house, and nothing bad has taken place here, the house was built by a family member so if we have a ghost I am sure it will be a benevolent presence. I am quite happy to share the house with our uninvited guest as things are, it is just a pity that you can”t get them to do a little housework, and clean inaccessible corners, but then everyone would want one.

  22. I’m aware I have numerous guides my whole life, who’ve in fact prevented my death and caused my great physiology fear per situations and individuals that have had me respond in ways that circumvented my death. No question.
    So, currently going through a hard time at the moment: sick with kidney stones and distant from immediate family as they often compound problems.
    I got a kelpie Bear 16mths ago and note he is increasing transfixed at times esp ATM, no barking just staring to space, directly above me…always, over my shoulder.
    I know I being guided with pure love and that interdimensional strength provides true peace. Lucky me 🙂

  23. My bulldog stares at the wall above my head or just to the right and above me. He has done it for yrs. He growls at that spot on the wall and sometimes barks. It’s creepy and kind of freaks me out. I believe in spirits as my family had a history of seeing them including me. . They don’t really frighten me. I would just like to know who they are. And no I am not insane.lol

  24. I live at a retired army base with 400 years of history. Also, my husband died 6 months before I moved here. My miniature schnauzer displays strange behavior at times. I have a two story. Sometimes my dog just refuses to climb the steps and will sit at the bottom of the steps and cry. Other times she runs up them without a problem. Sometimes when I walk her she will stop and refuse to go forward. She will sit down and will not move unless we turn around. She sleeps on my bed, a few times she has sat up in the bed and growled. I could see nothing.

  25. My dog just died a few days ago and ever since that my dogs have been staring and randomly at the wall and it’s really creepy they also have been following their eyes behind me and my mom that’s like my dog always did answer been staring randomly at the spot my dog always sat in sorry if I got some stuff wrong I’m only 9

  26. Since I moved into this house many strange things have happened which scared me to death at first but now I am used to them. One day one of my female cats jumped up on my lap turned around to face the opposite direction, sat up and lifted one paw up into the air and held it there looking upwards as if someone was holding her paw and speaking to her. I was absolutely frozen. After about a 30 seconds she put her paw down and jumped down. It really freaked me out. BUT THEN, a completely different female cat got up in my lap and did the exact same thing – facing opposite of me, sitting up and lifting one paw up in the air and holding it there. I was positive then that something/someone was there. It took me months to feel comfortable in the house again. BUT all my cats, when they are next to me, suddenly seem to see things around or in front of me. I will start batting my hand around trying to shoo it away. But they keep following it or them. And, one of the same cats who held her paw in the air would growl if she heard people outside my house. One day, while following the invisible things around me she started to growl at it. I heard it do that twice, but every other time she just followed it with her eyes. I had one cat who HATED the things she saw around me and would get up and move away as quickly as she came over. Maybe it’s not the house, maybe I’m haunted. I like to think it’s pets that have passed on.

  27. Hi Rob, I found this article very interesting. This morning as I was making coffee, I suddenly heard my cat Binx growling in the living room, it growled twice and I went to have a look to see why the cat was doing that. I saw Binx by the couch and its back was hunched over and it was growling. He scared me, I thought he was going to attack the other cat Annabelle, Annabelle is our other cat. Shes very gentle and has never hurt Binx. So i said ‘whats wrong Binx?’ I picked him up and comforted him and he was still tense for awhile. Binx is a young cat, 7 mths old. So I put the cat down and I watched it for a while. I noticed Binx was cautious going into the living room, it walked very slowly, still looked tense. I’m thinking it might’ve saw something, a spirit or something. And after a while it seemed fine. When ever my daughter come to visit, she doesn’t like to sleep in one of the bedrooms we have upstairs, she says she gets chills down her spine and feels someone else is in the room with her. Also a year ago, one day I was sitting by my computer desk and then l saw in the corner of my eye, the papers were moving and made that paper rattling sound. The window wasn’t open, nor was the ceiling fan was on. So l looked at the moving papers really fast and it stopped. Another time was when l was about to fall asleep, l heard this loud bang coming from the kitchen, my hubby heard it too, I can hear him standing near the kitchen, the following morning, he mentioned the loud thug and didn’t know what it was or what made the loud bang. I told him I thought that was you, he said I was downstairs. I heard it too. I do believe in spirits, they exist. Theyre in another dimension we can’t see. I would like to know what you think of my story.

    1. Very interesting stuff, Helen! I can’t say for certain, but the experiences you’ve described are similar to those had by people who have claimed to be haunted. Why dogs and cats sometimes growl or get worked up at seemingly nothing is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps there’s something truly unexplained going on.

      I actually recently got a cat, myself (well, the cat kind of chose us, but that’s a whole different story), so I’ve been able to watch how she reacts to things. Cats and other animals are extraordinarily sensitive to even the slightest movements or changes in their environments…so if there were ghosts or other paranormal entities out there, I’d bet they can “see” them, or at least notice their presence.

      Thanks for sharing!

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