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Why do we anthropomorphize our pets? — 2 Comments

  1. I always think of this subject as assigning human emotions to cats. As caretakers, we want to believe that our cats feel what we feel and in the way that we feel. Because of this, we make many mistakes when trying to communicate with them. The examples are endless. For instance, a cat feels no shame or remorse when he/she does something to displease us. Therefore, punishing in some fashion or yelling does nothing but, perhaps, instill fear.
    Having been with cats my entire life, I can say that there are some possible attributes similar to humans. They are excitement, curiosity, solicitation (learned), and (possibly a stretch) grief and sadness.

    • I agree. Cats don’t harbour ill feeling either. They forget. They make human’s look very emotionally vulnerable which we are!

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