Yes I think animals learn from each other, even other species of animals and they continue to evolve. One of my cats learned how to manipulate a
doorknob and open a door just by watching me do it.
I'll never forget the time I was in the bedroom and one of my cats, Vera, was on the bed. It was time for treats and I was taking the treat bags out
of the drawer and calling my other cats into the room. As I called their names over and over, Vera looked at me and meowed LOUDLY and indignantly as
if to say, "Hey, you didn't call MY name!" I reached down and petted her and said "And Vera too, silly cat."
Some people name their animals, others wait for the animal to choose. I'm in the second group.
If you wait they will let you know. So yeah...I've always been sure that most animals to greater degree's or lesser are pretty sure of who they are as
individuals. Some are more self aware than others.
Not sure if it's great DNA or their life experience that brings it out, but it can be definitely there.
Naming them is just the beginning of us teaching them our language so that we can begin communicating with them. We use words from our language and
teach them what those words mean so that we can interact with each other and understand each other to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Animals have their own form of communication without speaking as we do, that you can learn if spend time on it.
Pets like cats and dogs and other critters are definitely self aware. The have emotions. Loving a pet will definitely build upon their self awareness.
A pet crow is even more self aware than any dog or cat because of their frontal lobe which in most other birds are not developed.
Pets don't know a lot about many things or even care. They know they like being fed and loved, which is mostly all they really care or think about,
and that is enough for them to be content.
Its an interesting subject that only recently with intensive studies done that humans are finding out how deep our pets awareness is.
Many stories are told about much deeper awareness.
Such as one I heard about a pet dog that jumped through a window of its own house to protect its owner that was in danger else where some distance
(not too great, like in the same suburb but a few blocks away)
This was a story about a pittie or a rottie on a video created to paint the dogs in a good light as over the years they have been painted in such a
bad light, so it was just a story yet I so want to believe it.
self awareness as we humans are is something many vets claims our pets are not and its just more us wanting them to be.
Others vets and researchers have started to look into animal psychology a lot deeper over the past decade and more and more is being learnt about our
pets self awareness and how our pets can help us in many ways that surpasses what technology can.
Its not naming your pet, naming your pet is just something you do.
I think its our choice to own a pet which creates a bond between man and animal that gives us the beliefs that they are more self aware.
naming your pet is just a part of that process
I think in the near future more understanding about pet psychology will be known and it will conclusively show that they are self aware but it is an
evolving process and requires human nurturing. They become self aware through our own awareness.
They learn it from us.
so when you ask
Are we contributing to self awareness of another species?
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