A curled up cat with its head touching the ground could, for some, portend storms

Ailuromancy or aeluromancy (from Greek: αἴλουρος, romanizedaílouros, lit.'cat'), also known as felidomancy, is a form of theriomancy.[1] It is divination using cats' movements or jumps to predict future events, especially the weather.[2][3]

One of the most common methods of ailuromancy utilizes the movements and behaviours of a cat to predict upcoming weather patterns. For example, if the cat turns its tail to a fire or any substituting heat source, it foretells a possible change in weather, particularly the coming of heavy rain or hard frost. Another example is if a cat curls up with its forehead touching the ground, it indicates that storms will happen in the near future.


  1. ^ "Aeromancy". The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. Harper Element. 2006. p. 12.
  2. ^ John McIntyre (October 22, 2008). "Examining the entrails". You Don't Say.
  3. ^ Lloyd Dykk (December 22, 2005). "Floromancy". The Vancouver Sun.

See also