Study Shows Cats Capable of Low-Level Telepathy



Ever get a weird tingle at the back of your neck when you catch a cat staring at you from across the room? Youโ€™re not alone. Millions of people, even cat lovers, find the unflinching gaze of a cat a little unsettling. As it would happen, this reaction can be explained through science.A recent study at the

Sloof Lirpa Institute

in Brussels shows that all members of the family Felidae, from tigers to tabbies, are capable of low levels of telepathyย - or mind reading.

How The Study Worked


Tests were administered on a number of cat species at the

Planckendael Animal Park

outside Brussels, from lynxes to lions. Researchers would haveย the cats stare at themย while thinking of a specific thing - like a color, shape, direction, or action.Meanwhile, sensors were placed on the cats to collect a reading on their vitals, like heart rate, blood pressure, and body temp. While things like colors or shapes did not register a definitive response, when the researcher thought of a direction or action,

87% of the time

the cats would displayย an appropriate response.For example, if the researcher thought of running off to the left, the cat would tense up and become focused as if ready to chase. On the other hand, if the researcher thought about laying down or sleeping, the

catโ€™s body would relax

as well.Acting as a control for the study were dogs, wolves, bears, and other

non-feline predatory mammals

. Their responses, however, were much less exciting, showing unique responses to thoughts only

1 out of every 30 times


What This Means for Cat Owners

"Are you really thinking THAT?!"

While your cat isn't exactly capable of

superhero levels of mind reading

, they are able to accurately predict your movements before they occur. So if you ever wondered why your cat jumps down off your lap right before you were about to get up, it is because

they sensed your intentions

.It is also thought to be a big component in what makes cats the expert predators they are. The ability to tell what their prey is going to do before they make a move gives them a distinct leg up on other predators. Imagine playing basketball with someone who could tell if you were going to pass, dribble, or shoot before you even had the ball. That would make for some

stiff competition


Worried? Donโ€™t Be!

Sure, your cat can accurately predict when you are going to stand up, sit down, run, walk, or jump. But what can they really do with that information?

Not much

.While you really have nothing to worry about in terms of your cat reading your mind, if you are concerned,

there are a few tricks

the researchers picked up that can help mask your thoughts from your cat.

Wear Sunglasses


While not a perfect cloak, wearing sunglasses did reduce the efficacy of the catsโ€™ ESP by around 70%. Same with any other garment that blocks your eyes.

Hold a Magnet


The study also showed that if the researcher held a strong enough magnet, the cats were

unable to predict their thoughts

. ย They believe the magnetic field interferes with their telepathyย somehow, although the mechanics behind their abilities are still largely unknown.

Empty Your Mind


Pretty simple in theory, but difficult in practice. If you can clear your mind of all thought, then your cat has nothing to read. Thich Nhat Hanh'sย 

The Miracle of Mindfulness

is a great read for those looking to clear their mind and protect their thoughts from cats.

Think of Something Scary


If you are unable to clear your mind, the next best thing is to think of something that would scare the cat. This seems toย distract them long enough for you to think about something else without fear of being cat-scanned.

Donโ€™t Believe Everything You Read

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