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Cats' Ears Predict Weather
“When kitty washes behind her ears, we’ll soon be tasting heavens tears.” This is an old folklore about predicting rain. In some areas, they say that if a cat lays on it's back while sleeping, or snores in it's sleep, rain is coming. But can these ways of "gauging weather" be trusted? If you have a hike planned, and your cat starts cleaning it's ears, does that mean you shouldn't go, lest you want to get wet? No, not really. Some cats typically lick their paws and swipe their eyes but they usually leave their ears alone because they're finicky like that. Others wash themselves all the time. It's true that cats' ears are particularly sensitive to changes in pressure (nearly 12 times more sensitive than other household animals), so if he’s swiping his ears, and this is abnormal behavior for him, there's a chance the weather is changing. Here's how to actually use this to your advantage: know that all cats are different so you should observe yours to see what his specific behavior is. My neighbor's cat, for example, lays on his back with his belly facing the ceiling and twitches his tail. In 24 hours later or less than that it rains. He's only been wrong a handful of times. So, know your cats behavior, and try to watch how that typically changes in relation to the weather! Once you catch on, you'll be able to watch your cat for some weather predictions that you might not have gotten otherwise.
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