Originally Posted by prairienights
Anthropomorphosism (giving animals human emotion) is one of my pet peeves. I try to think logically about animal behaviors. But this kinda blew me away. I have never seen either one of them act like that. I have also never cried in front of either of them. When I had gotten myself under control, they both went back to normal.
Cats (and other animals) don't have human emotions, but they do have emotions, and sometimes these are very similar to human emotions. There's a great deal of research going on into the social lives of animals. The one that's quoted most at the moment is of the female gorilla in a German zoo whose baby had died. It grieved for three days and would not let go of the baby.
On a somewhat lighter note there is my recent experience with Zenobi. She had been sleeping on a blanket, but I bought her a pet bed. When I put it beside her she stepped into it in a ladylike way, but after that she didn't use it. Because of anxiety problems over using her litterbox that must stem from a previous situation, she took to running and hiding in the second bedroom when she'd used her litterbox. I thought that maybe there would be a good place for the bed and I took it in and put it down beside her and left. About ten minutes later I heard a funny noise and went to see. Zenobi wasn't there but the bed looked as if it had been pushed as it had moved about twelve inches. I assumed then, that the funny noise was Zenobi's anger. I took the bed back to where it had been, and she has since used it there. Two emotions here. Fear and anger. I know from an early experience when I brought her home that she is capable of fierce anger. But as I said, these are emotions similar to human emotions, but not.
I've been thinking recently about Rene Descartes. He said, "I think, therefore I am." But apparently he believed animals were automatons with no thoughts. If you turn his saying around, then according to him, animals cannot exist.
Cats are very loving (?) creatures, and yes they can tell when things are not going right. Obviously they don't know what is wrong, but the can detect changes in the people they care for. I won't call it love, but then caring for someone might just be a definition of the elusive definition of that state. (I hope all that ramble makes at least a little sense and helps.)