Does Your Cat Have ESP?

Participate in Dr. Rupert Sheldrake's ground-breaking research on cats with ESP, and share your results with him.

By Brad Kollus

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Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals, wants cat owners to participate in his research by conducting experiments themselves. He says not enough research regarding cats and extrasensory perception (ESP) abilities is available. Cat owners who conduct the following experiment and email him their results will be added to his database. The results will help to further the study of animal ESP.

To learn more about cat ESP, read Extra Sensory Cats in the June issue of CAT FANCY.

Cat ESP Experiment: Does my cat know when I am calling on the phone?

Silhouette of a Cat First, have a friend or family member at home observe the behavior of your cat when the phone rings. Then, have the person in the house most attached to the cat leave and remain gone for a random amount of time. Have that person go shopping or do other tasks. If there is a device that tells the number or name on a phone display, cover it up during the experiments so that the cat does not recognize the pattern.

Silhouette of a Cat Have the cat owner call several times, and concentrate on his or her cat when he or she calls. Also, have at least four other people who have little or no relationship with the cat (other friends, long distance family members, co-workers, etc.) call the same number of times at different times.

Silhouette of a Cat Make sure the person observing the cat does not answer any of the calls and responds indifferently each time there is a call. Make sure the person does not know when the cat owner is calling. This way, the cat cannot hear the owner’s voice, and the person observing cannot give any subtle signals to the cat that the owner is calling. The person observing also might want to videotape the phone as a way of documenting how the cat behaves with the different phone calls. Let each phone call ring a number of times.

Silhouette of a CatHave the person observing write down and track when the cat goes to the phone or makes any unusual sounds or behaviors before the phone rings, when the phone rings or right after the phone has rung. Then, have the observer check and see if this is when the cat owner has called.

Silhouette of a Cat Do this experiment at least four times during a couple of weeks. Do the experiments at different times of the day and during different days of the week. Keep track of the experiment results, and include all dates and times.

Silhouette of a Cat Email your results to Dr. Sheldrake at To find out about other pet ESP experiments go to Dr. Sheldrake’s website.

Brad Kollus is a freelance writer, specializing in the human-feline bond. He lives with his wife Elizabeth, son Dylan and their four cats.

In June 2007’s CAT FANCY:
Learn more about the possibilities of cats with ESP.

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susan    knoxville, TN

12/10/2009 12:52:41 PM

4 of my 8 cats are waiting on the driveway when I get home every single day -- no matter what time of day or night. my husband says about 3 minutes before I arrive, they leave the house and go to the driveway.

David    virginia beach, VA

3/17/2009 8:09:08 AM

okay so my cat does not react to the phone but she does run toward the door or try and look out of the window when my wife is getting closer to home. and as long as she is not upset she will do this every single time even though it will be at random times.

Juanita    Portland, OR

8/28/2008 1:49:16 AM

I think this is a rather limited test for ESP. Since ESP can take different forms in humans, I'd expect the same in a cat.
I didn't take the test. I doubt Dragon cares who is on the phone, to tell the truth.
He does like to walk with me and carry on conversations.
He was in the house alone for several months, with my dad dropping by to make sure he was fed, after my car accident.I had only had him for a few months at the time.
He seems jealous if I allow my daughter to cuddle up with me; he comes and gets between us. But ESP? I don't know...

coco brown    new york, NY

6/13/2008 9:54:44 PM

MY cat knows how to tell me in her own way, of when she needs to go out or when she wants to come in from outside. she also is aware of her name

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