HomeCat BehaviorThis video proves cats can’t distinguish between TV and real life


This video proves cats can’t distinguish between TV and real life — 4 Comments

  1. My Frog actually asks in cat speak to play games on my tablet. Her actual perception is up in the air but she certainly interacts with the objects.
    All of my cats love their bird DVDs. Without fail they will at first jump at the screen, Then pat and then look behind the TV. The new high tech high resolution TVs make it even more interesting for them. Now they simply plop down on the sofa and watch. They adapt. There is no such mitigation for the birds when the windows are open. They hunt them relentlessly through the safety screens. The real birds also adapt often to the point of taunting my indoor fluffies.
    My cats respond to cat video more though the sounds cats make. I have a picture of Little Mercy trying to pick up the newborn kittens while we were watching a live birth. Even though she was spayed by the shelter at less than two months and taken from the feral colony at 4 weeks she has a strong mothering instinct.
    No real point here just observations of my own cats.

  2. I can’t see this on twitter, but my opinion is that it’s a little more nuanced or situational. While cats certainly don’t understand the technology of television imaging, I’ve seen cats do two things: either believe it’s another cat not themselves, or just some weird trick, both real and fake; self awareness seems to be too difficult but what do we expect them to do, comb their hair? I’ve seen them watch TV and even look behind the tv for what seems to be in there, but they’ll watch cartoons too and they’re obviously not natural. I’ve also seen them ignore what’s on TV even though they probably should believe it’s real, like another cat or animal. So I don’t know. I don’t think they do either, only that if it doesn’t smell or react to them, whatever it is it’s not worth chasing or thinking about. It’s just harmless trickery. It seems to be real, but it’s not real enough and inconsequential, and that’s as much sense as they can make of it.

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