My cats and chickens have always got on....in fact the chickens rule. They headpeck the cats to drop their mice so they can have them. A couple of years ago we lost 2 chickens because our house sitters didn't put them away securely. From then on our cat would guard the only remaining chicken and sit with it until it went to roost. We got another chicken to keep it company. Just recently we lost a chicken to illness..... so we once again was left with one chicken. Our cat now sits with this one for quite a long while in the garden....like it senses it's grief or misses the other one. I know chickens grieve and show compassion when one is ill because I have seen this myself.......but I am fascinated to see my cats reaction. Has anyone else noticed this?