November 1st, 2006, 10:39 AM
I found this article interesting, although not sure I believe this is the only way to tell if an animal is 'self-aware'. Who thinks their cat or dog is 'self-aware'? Why? I tried to see if one of my cats would recognize herself in the mirror and she certainly didn't think she was looking at another cat. In fact, she was completely uninterested in looking at the mirror. If she had thought another cat was there, she probably would have reacted, as she can be quite territorial. I have seen kittens try and play with their image in a mirror, but only the first time they see a mirror. After that, they seem to catch on that they aren't seeing another cat. Not sure if they know they are looking at themselves, though. Thoughts?