I understand what you're saying and agree to some extent.
But, it can go to the other extreme, anthropomorphism, which is a MUCH bigger pet peeve of mine. I'd rather have somebody be overly clinical and objective when discussing cat behavior than overly anthropomorphic. Cats are not humans. They don't think like people do, act like people do, have people thoughts/ideas/emotions, etc etc etc. Cats do the things that they do because they are cats. Humans do the things that we do because we are humans. And it bugs me to no end when people interpret very typical cat-ish behaviors as expressions of very human-ish thoughts or feelings.
I do believe that cats (and many animals, but staying on the subject of cats) absolutely have a higher capacity for affection, sadness, fear, loneliness, anger, etc than we often give them credit for. I also think they're intelligent critters. But I will not interpret my cats' behavior and impose my human thought processes and reasonings onto them. That's silly. I don't say that arrogantly or with any kind of human superiority complex. But cats and humans are different animals with different ways of interpreting situations, reacting to stimuli, thinking, feeling, etc. To assume that a cat will think about things and react to the things he's thought about just like a human is ignorant. To assume a human will think about things and react to the things he's thought about just like a cat is also ignorant. It's amazing and wonderful that there is enough interspecial communication crossover that there is (I think it's a beautiful thing that a human wants to pet a cat and a cat allows himself to be pet and members of both species find the experience enjoyable), but I won't kid myself into thinking cats and people are on the same level. I respect that cats do catly things for catly reasons.
And while we don't usually think about our daily functions, actions, emotions, behaviors, etc on a clinical level, there are fairly basic and primal explanations for most of it. All of human society and interaction could be described just like gorilla or chimpanzee groups. We may think we're so complex and high and mighty, but we still operate on a very basic level for primal reasons.
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