Do non-humans know when they will die?

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is accurate.

The day before our beloved Merlina died, she followed me around everywhere and touched me the whole time. I commented on it because although she was a loving cat, her behavior that day was very unusual. She died unexpectedly the following morning.

It’s important to collect these stories, even if they are anecdotal. It’s the first step in science to explore a topic. Of course, anecdotes are subject to recall bias, confirmation bias, selection bias, and more. If a non-human friend behaves in an unusual behavior and nothing happens, we tend to forget. If they behave in the same way and they die, we remember. (Recall bias, survivor bias.) We may also interpret the behavior in that context. (Confirmation bias.) If they die without any unusual behavior preceding it, the story is not told because there is no story to tell. If there was an unusual behavior, we may tell the story, and people like Rupert Sheldrake have a story to collect and publish. (Selection bias, publication bias.)

To arrive at more solid conclusions, we would need to take it one or two steps further, for instance, through prospective studies. Also, there is a difference between knowing or sensing you will die if you have a serious illness or knowing or sensing you will die from an accident. The first makes sense within a materialistic worldview, the second requires something else.

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