I've noticed everytime I show my cat his reflection in the mirror he tried to avoid looking at it
Is he sad?
My dog does this. It actually has nothing to do with them being self-concious. Some animals just can't recognize themselves in the mirror. They don't understand what they are looking at. Someone once told me that it's like looking at a blank wall for them. Some spieces like elephants and dolphins can recognize their reflections in mirrors though.
This came to mind. If he sees his reflection as another cat, he may be feeling anxious and looking away to try to avoid starting a fight with it. My cat does want to fight, so she hisses and puffs up and marches off to look behind the mirror and find this other cat and beat the shit out of it when she sees her reflection.
>Someone once told me that it's like looking at a blank wall for them
A lot of animals do actually register their reflection as being another animal, they're just incapable of understanding it's themselves in the mirror. Birds are very prone to it - giving them mirrors can be a bad idea because some will obsess over their reflection and treat it like another bird. Some cats and dogs will react to their reflection as if it's another cat/dog, e.g. looking behind the mirror, barking/hissing at it, etc, and some completely ignore it. Being able to recognise a cat in a mirror is different from being able to recognise that YOU are the cat in the mirror, which is what the mirror test is about. Very few animals can pass that.
the mirror test is an interesting way to gauge self awareness, but it's not perfect. Gorillas for example will often fail it because they consider eye contact threatening, but some gorillas, like koko, have passed it.
Dogs also fail the mirror test, but are completely able to recognize their own scent, and can understand that mirrors reflect objects, as they can use them to see objects normally outside their field of vision.
The mirror test is also reliant on the animal in question caring that the reflection is themselves, a less inquisitive animal wouldn't give a shit. whole some dogs will bark at their own reflection, most wont really react at all. If the dog didn't realize that the dog in the mirror was themselves, why wouldn't they react to it the way they would seeing another dog?
my childhood dog never interacted with mirrors as if there was another dog. granted, it's impossible to tell what was going through his head and if he recognized himself versus "I hope if I ignore this other dog it'll go away", but I think he recognized himself as he had no problem with the reflection.
my dog now is retarded and thinks we have another dog that lives underneath his feet, as I have a mirrored coffee table. he checks in on him now and again to see what the coffee-table-puppy's reaction is to something like a new toy or treat.
>humans identify each other by looking at the face
>dogs and cats recognize each other by smell
>a mirror reflects light
>doesn't reflect smell
>mirror cat has no "face" to them
literally slenderman. You bet they're freaking out.
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The thread hasn't gone to 300 posts in a day.
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