Did a cat predict the sinking of the Titanic?

While reading Charles Pellegrino’s Ghosts of the Titanic, I came across the following intriguing footnote:

“Only one cat is known to have been aboard the Titanic, and she is said to have disembarked before the ship left Southampton… A stoker named Jim Mulholland reported that he had cared for the ship’s cat, and for its four kittens born en route to Southampton. Mulholland signed off from the crew after ‘Mouser’ carried her babies one by one off the ship. He explained to journalist Paddy Scott, ‘That cat knows something.'”

For observing and following the instincts of an animal, Mulholland gets my vote for the wisest man of our age. If the story is in fact true (Pellegrino’s book is very odd, and his credentials are somewhat mystifying).

Nonetheless, I know a lot of people who would agree with this: “Cat lovers take note of further evidence that they are an intellectually superior species after all.”