Cat Meows Every Time Before Owner Sneezes?

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I have 4 cats: the mother, two females from the first litter of the mother and a male from her second litter. They are all different. The mother has a Main Coon look, Russian Blue for the male, European shorthair for one of the two sisters, and a creamy white fur with light grey tabby stripes look, for the other sister.


They have been spayed and neutered now and they (we?) live together since they were born in the same small flat. Only the mother arrived when she was already 3 month old. They live indoors only and they are all fed on the same food. I am giving you this information because I am looking for the explanation of a total mystery I discovered now that I spend more time with my cats.

The cat involved is the creamy grey one, called Octopus. She is tough, strong, and a real acrobat, not really friendly with her next of kin, but very cool, tender, and friendly with me. She is very talkative with a large range of tones from groans to creepy screams to deal with the daily eternal dilemna of a cat that is - when is dinner? will there be a dinner? why is dinner late? Change the water! This is my chair not yours! And yes, I am going to sit on the keyboard of the computer because it is warm and if you don't let me I am going to stay laying on your two wrists while you will try to type.

It is when loosing this fight, the "what is the true purpose of a computer" fight that I first noticed that even if she is in deep sleep she wakes up with a surprise groan and then a meow when I am about to sneeze. This is the important point she awakes before I sneeze, not even with the one or two short inhalations before the actual sneeze, but really when my nose just starts tickling. So my question is, why does she react to sneezing, in fact to pre-sneezing and most of all, how can she feel, while she is fast asleep, that I am about to sneeze?

I know she is not the only cat to do this, but so far I only read about cats reacting to the actual sound of sneezing, when my cat reacts even before I sneeze. Some people say that it could be because the sound reminds the cat of the hissing of a snake or of another agressive cat, but that doesn't work for mine because she reacts to sneezing even when she is safely at the other end of the flat on the top of a cupboard and she doesn't sound afraid at all. It is just a sort of, "What did you say?" or "Everything's all right?" meow. Another aspect of the mystery is that she is the only one of the 4 cats to do so. Can the ThriftyFun cat lovers community help me find out the why and how of the sneezing mystery?

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

This is an amazing story! It's almsot as if the cat is psychic ha ha

I know that i'm at the point of knowing when my husband is about to sneeze because even though he doesn't make a sound, he tilts his head back in a special way and he stops breathing. Somehow I can always tell, and say 'bless you' long before the sneeze occurs.


Could your cat be picking up on nonverbal clues like that?

or maybe she IS psychic and you should train her to tell you the winning lottery tickets, lol

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

The sound of a human sneeze in the beginning is close to a cat hissing sound. The cat is reacting to this.

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

The reason I found your story on the internet is because our cat meows 5 or 10 seconds before we sneeze and I wanted to find out why. He can be in another room and we'll hear him meow before we make any inhalation before a sneeze.


Yours was the first example I've come across so far.

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