A recent poll conducted by the The Associated Press and PetSide.com suggests that 43 percent of U.S. pet parents believe that their furry companion has a sixth sense of some sort, whether that be the ability to predict a change in weather or impending doom.
Of those who believe that their animal may have special abilities, 43 percent believe their dog or cat can predict when something bad is about to happen to their pet guardian. Dog parents are slightly more likely to believe their pooch has the ability to see trouble coming compared to cat guardians.
One pet parent who subscribes to this belief, Jeanette Zinno, told PetSide.com that her dog, Rocki, recently came to the rescue after she left a pot of tea on the stove unattended. "After a while Rocki came in and barked at us until we followed her to the kitchen, where all the water had boiled down and the pot was burning," she explained to the news organization.
The report also indicated that 67 percent of American pet parents believe their animals can predict a coming storm. Some animal experts suggest this may be because animals can sense a static electric charge in the air that precedes a thunderstorm, according to the news source.