Have you every wondered how your animal friend knows what time it is?

How do they do that?

Our kitty Katy, somehow always knew when it was between 11:30am and noon. Everyday like clockwork she would appear out of the silence and stare at my husband or me.

One day I looked down from washing the dishes and saw her near my feet patiently waiting and looking up at me. I gave her what we called her “magic water” which was actually a homeopathic remedy that she received several times each day in her later years of life. She happily drank from the syringe and then continued to stare up at me letting me clearly know that I was forgetting something. I looked up at the clock, that hangs directly above the kitchen sink, and saw that it was exactly 11:30am. “Seriously?”, I thought to myself. “How does she know what time it is every day?”

Almost every day between 11:30am and noon Katy would get a special treat of either sardines or mackerel. If either of us forgot to bring it to her she would come find us. Each time I looked at the clock I was floored to see exactly what time it was. How did she do that? Well the only way to have a question answered is to go directly to the source. I asked her!

She looked at me, as she often did, with patience and impatience at the same time. We humans are so puzzling to our animal friends at times. She explained to me that she just knew. There was no doubt in her mind about the time. It is time for her snack. NOW. She felt this in her mind and in her physical body. Sometimes she would get a hunger pain and other times she just drooled. She would wonder where her treat was and why we were not serving her. (Oh yes she had “torti-tude”! She knew not to wait because she might be there for a long time, so she would have to come find one of us.

I had asked Katy about the topic of time before. She shared with me that the animals, especially felines, have an understanding of what time is on a deeper level than what we humans have. That topic I will share at a later date. Continuing with the question, have you ever wondered how your animal friend knows what time it is, I would like to add another situation.

My friend Chris shared with a group of us on the day of a daylight savings time change, that the horses of Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary in Spotsylvania, VA didn’t care that we silly humans had changed the time. They KNEW what time it was and they wanted to know where their dinner was and why it was late!

I love Katy’s answer to the question, how do animals know what time it is. Katy was always direct and to the point. She never minced words. She did not have to think about it or analyze it as we might. She just KNOWS!

I would love to hear your stories and experiences with animals and the topic of time.

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  • Rhonda Lane

    Our cats always knew 9:30-10 pm. We start heading for bed at ten, and they would get a bedtime treat. Funny how, when one of our cats passed recently, the other did not shake us down at 10. Granted, she had other issues by that time. She’s better now. A mix of grief and, well, I’d flubbed her meds for a few weeks, but that’s another story.

    Also, the school horses I ride, even if I change lesson barns, know when my half hour lesson is up. Granted, my legs tire, and I’m watching the clock a bit myself sometimes, especially if it’s been a grueling lesson. One horse Daisy, while we were walking and cooling out, just veered into the center ring at the half-hour mark. I didn’t realize it until I looked up at the clock.

    • Janet Dobbs

      Hi Rhonda! Exact same thing happens with our kittens now. As a matter of face I’m being “told” that I’m LATE!!! Time to go upstairs and bedtime treats. YOu make me smile!

  • Steve Surjaputra

    My cat is so used to me getting up at 3:00 am on work days so even on the weekends she would meow to wake me up so she can get fed.

    • Janet Dobbs

      I know the feeling! It is pretty amazing.

  • Carol P

    My JEB Stuart knows what time it is to come wake us up for his breakfast and will NOT be deterred by an answer of “it’s the weekend – we don’t have to get up this early”. He also knows when it is dinner time 5:00 and starts reminding us at 4:30 that they need fed soon. He even goes to help “pick” which wet food they get! Such a character!! His sisters let him be the pushy one but as soon as he had us moving – they are right in the mix! The love from our animals is truly so pure and amazing.

    • Janet Dobbs

      Your Jeb Stuart seems like such a character. I am always in awe and kind of amazed by our animal friends. I guess we all have a “clock” inside of us. I feel that animals know how to listen and pay attention. Thanks for sharing his wisdom.

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