When I give public lectures on the inner lives of animals, I often ask my audience for “a show of hands if you have lived with a cat or a dog”. Most hands go up. Then I ask for “a show of hands if you think cats and dogs are NOT emotional”. I almost never see a raised hand. Anyone who has spent time among these animals doesn’t need convincing that they have feelings.

I currently live with two six-year-old sibling cats. We got them as kittens rescued from the streets of Washington DC. If you’ve been around cats you’ll know that they generally loathe disruptions to their routines, and near the ...


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