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    Anthropomorphism - say what?

    This is one of our veterinarians' favorite words: Anthropomorphism.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropomorphism
    He thinks it is ridiculous when people say things like "he looks so sad" or "she'll be mad at mom" about their pets.
    Unlike the t-shirt that 's titled "A cat's many moods" and the dozen kitty faces look all the same, I still like to think that if a cat looks mad to us by her facial expression, she's actually mad.
    Mindy certainly let's me know what she thinks.

    "I can't believe you just did that!"
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    "Pleeease, mom."
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    "Yuck, that was spiked catnip!!!"
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    "Go away!"
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    "Let me think about that..."
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    Let me guess - he's an older guy. Newer science is proving what we have known (at least I have) all along - of course animals have emotions!
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    Of course they do! And you can just look at their faces to get a pretty good idea.

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (19482015), Sourcery

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    Perfect interpretations of Mindy's thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Let me guess - he's an older guy. Newer science is proving what we have known (at least I have) all along - of course animals have emotions!
    Of course he is! And he can't keep us from interpreting every dog's and cat's emotion, even if it drives him crazy.

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