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originally posted by: dantanna
pets all have names for us.
im assuming dogs, name us on our smell.
i hope i do not smell like body odor to the dog!
originally posted by: CynConcepts
a reply to: Oraculi
I think most pets naturally respond to calls due to connecting the sounds with pleasant experiences, food, attention, play, etc.
Our cat just had a litter of 4 kittens a month ago. Each kitten has their own unique characteristics similiar to personalities. So, I would say that they are already naturally self-aware as an individual. They are already working out how they individually fit into the collective. Not just in their feline world but within the bigger world of our household and family members.
Even I as a human will take notice of someone simply calling out a familiar phrasing to determine if it is meant for me. Aka: hey Miss, mom, grandma, etc. It is natural instincts based on experience but even humans have their own unique personalities.
originally posted by: Oraculi
When you call your pet by their name, they recognize it is them being called and not another animal around them. Having a name actually differentiates them from others and makes them an individual.
Is it possible we are actually helping our pets evolve faster and developing their consciousness and their self-awareness by naming them and treating them as an individual?
Would they think of themselves less as an individual if they never had a name?
Of course, we are not advanced enough to even know what our own consciousness is, so talking about the consciousness in pets is nothing more than a thought experiment, but to me an interesting one. Are we contributing to self awareness of another species?