Now that I’m feeling less sad about the loss of Tina and Ike on Tuesday, I’ve been thinking about how strange my cat Mole was acting around the diseased kittens. Normally, Mole is the most social of animals, interacting playfully with whatever creatures are around, human or feline. But around Ike and Tina he was from the start quite wary, and even afraid. He would cry out if I carried him nearby them, and run away if Ike picked a fight with him.
So the question is, did Mole sense that Ike and Tina were sick, and instinctually avoid them? That’s the only logical conclusion I can come to. Scientists are studying how dogs can sometimes detect certain forms of cancer or seizures in humans before other kinds of medical scanning. Presumably that would be an ability that would increase an animal’s survival rate. Mole probably thought we were nuts bringing these diseased little creatures into the house.