Do other cats know a cat is dying?

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CleggandCompany:
Our oldest Molly is pretty sick. Doc has not said she's terminal but she's 14 plus and when you considered the big picture I am not hopeful.
For her own benefit, and hygiene's sake, we've had her quarantined most of the day. She's out when we are home and when we can keep an eye on her.
Our middle boy, a super sweet and sensitive main coon, is also off his food and making uncommonly pathetic noises for him, distressed sounds, a major case of the shivers earlier today and being extra needy. (some of this is due to the new cat, but the noises are new.)

our #3, the newest cat, has only been here 8 weeks and seems fine, how ever we are not 100% certain what norm is for her so she could be off/ upset and we don't know it.
so is #2 just upset about molly being so sick or does he know something we don't?
CS
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Buddy's Mom:
My vet has told me that they do know when another kitty in the household is ill. Usually they will not be kind to the sick kitty - survival of the pack - they try to run off the sick one. Sometimes by not letting the sick one have food, etc.
I had a very sensitive male cat and an ill female. Even though Dusty was sensitive, he was very unkind to the female before her death from cancer.
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Paul M. Cook:
[nq:1]My vet has told me that they do know when another kitty in the household is ill. Usually they will ... pack - they try to run off the sick one. Sometimes by not letting the sick one have food, etc.[/nq]
Cats are not pack animals.
[nq:1]I had a very sensitive male cat and an ill female. Even though Dusty was sensitive, he was very unkind to the female before her death from cancer.[/nq]
When my cat became suddenly ill on Tuesday, all the other cats gave him a lot of space and were very gentle towards him. They often played hard with him because he was so passive. But they sensed he was ill and they left him alone. Even my she-devil girl cat was very kind and didn't try to chase him like she usually did. My male boss cat licked his head a few times, which he never did before.
I think the change in behavior kind of set it in my mind something really serious was up.
Paul
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Matthew:
[nq:2]My vet has told me that they do know when ... Sometimes by not letting the sick one have food, etc.[/nq]
[nq:1]Cats are not pack animals.[/nq]
Yes they are
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Kelly Greene:
[nq:2]My vet has told me that they do know when ... Sometimes by not letting the sick one have food, etc.[/nq]
[nq:1]Cats are not pack animals.[/nq]
I think my cats would be lost without each other. They do so many things together you'd think they were littermates. But some days they're off playing by themselves and taking naps in different rooms. I wouldn't call them pack animals but they sure do enjoy the company of their own kind when kept as pets.

"They can not ask for kindness, or for mercy plead. Yet cruel is our blindness, which does not see their need. World-over, town or city, God trusts us with this task; To give our love and pity to those who can not ask." Unknown
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Paul M. Cook:
[nq:2]Cats are not pack animals.[/nq]
[nq:1]I think my cats would be lost without each other. They do so many things together you'd think they were ... call them pack animals but they sure do enjoy the company of their own kind when kept as pets. [/nq]
Dogs are pack animals. I have never heard of cats being referred to as such. They are solitary loners for the most part with lions being an exception. But my cats love being together for meals and nap times. They tend to like to play outside on their own.
Paul
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Kelly Greene:
[nq:1]Dogs are pack animals. I have never heard of cats being referred to as such. They are solitary loners for ... my cats love being together for meals and nap times. They tend to like to play outside on their own.[/nq]
In watching the feral colonies I noticed they go off on their own yet also hang
out in the barns or outbuildings together at times. They greet each other on meeting.
The other cats are tolerant of silly kittens born in the colony. I'd see cats sleeping
together.

"They can not ask for kindness, or for mercy plead. Yet cruel is our blindness, which does not see their need. World-over, town or city, God trusts us with this task; To give our love and pity to those who can not ask." Unknown
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Stan Brown:
Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:32:12 -0600 from Kelly Greene (Email Removed):
[nq:2]Cats are not pack animals.[/nq]
[nq:1]I think my cats would be lost without each other. They do so many things together you'd think they were ... wouldn't call them pack animals but they sure do enjoy the company of their own kind when kept as pets.[/nq]
I think that's because when they are kept as pets they never truly grow up. They retain a lot of kitten behaviors that an adult cat would not naturally have.

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA http://oakroadsystems.com
Shikata ga nai...
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dgk:
[nq:2]I think my cats would be lost without each other. ... the company of their own kind when kept as pets.[/nq]
[nq:1]I think that's because when they are kept as pets they never truly grow up. They retain a lot of kitten behaviors that an adult cat would not naturally have.[/nq]
They certainly aren't pack animals like dogs are, but sometimes you see felines hunting in packs and other times they're solitary. At least on the Nature Channel.
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