You will see a ginger tabby-and-white cat looking at a video of the cat’s former owner who has died. The cat looks intently and then gently head-butts (nuzzles) the image and rests his head on the screen. It’s a wow moment.
It is clear that this cat is looking at his former human companion, misses him badly and wants to be close to him again. It is very touching. There is quite a lot of discussion on the Internet about cats grieving over their deceased owner. It’s an interesting and difficult topic. Some cat experts don’t believe that cats feel the emotion of grief. However, there are many cat owners who would disagree. This video certainly indicates that domestic cats have memories including long-term memories and that they miss the experiences that they had and want them back.
It also shows that a cat can look at a video and recognize its contents which brings back memories. These are very human traits. It shows how observant domestic cats are and it certainly shows that they have quite sophisticated emotions.
When this cat gently head-butts the video screen he’s depositing scent onto the screen as if he is head-butting the person himself. We all know that cats do this all the time when they are close to their human companion. It’s a sign of affection. In this case it is a sign of loss and emotional hurt.
Until now, I had never seen anything quite like it. It’s a unique little video which has been justifiably shared many thousands of times. You may have seen it already, in which case I apologize. It’s a little lesson about cat emotions and one which should dampen the arguments of those who say that cats just act instinctively.