posted on May, 5 2010 @ 01:39 PM
It is certainly true that most animals, cats included, lack what could be called "strong" intelligence, and that all animals appear, based on
available research, to have "weaker" intelligence than humans posses by orders of magnitude. It is also certainly true that animals, including cats,
are governed more by instinct, impulse, and sensation than are humans (although we are certainly also governed by these factors to a large extent.)
With all of that having been said however, it is also clear that many animals - including cats - do experience neurological states we can liken
to the equivalent emotion, but without the conscious awareness and contemplation thereof that we as humans experience. They certainly do not
understand, think about, or even always acknowledge necessarily, those states, but they do experience them. We know that some of those emotional
states appear to demonstrate equivalents of both grief and empathy in certain animals.
So while it is not factually correct to anthropomorphize those states, we can still hypothesize that the cat in the video in question might be
experiencing grief. The cat's behavior is unusual, in that cats will typically react with fear or avoidance to death, even the death of an animal
they have become well socialized with over long periods of time. It is of course possible that the cat is old or that its senses are otherwise dulled
to the presence of a corpse next to it. It's also possible that the cat was not definitively dead yet I suppose.
Either way, it is at least conceivable that the cat was experiencing the feline equivalent of grief. Whether that correlates to being the cause of its
actions, we can't know. As human beings, we are capable of cross-species empathy and the contemplation of emotional states experienced by animals
which lack sapience of the sort we posses. It isn't at all surprising or upsetting to me that this video provokes strong emotions.
It certainly did for me.
[edit on 5/5/2010 by AceWombat04]