I read somewhere that they do, and I became convinced tonight when my cat acted so relieved to see me after I came home from my trip. She cried for a long time after I walked in the door, and then finally settled down when I got in bed, and she curled up next to me and purred loudly.
See, we put our dog to sleep recently (which my cat grieved over), and I got very sick right before leaving on my trip, so my guess is she thought I also died when I left. I've never gotten that reaction from her that I did tonight! It was unbelievable. :) I don't think I'll ever forget the look she gave me tonight. There was so much love in her eyes.
Anyways, what do you all think (about what I read; not about my cat lol)? Do you have any cats, and do they seem to have humanlike emotions?
Yeah..he's sleeping on me right now. And since he's been my little shadow for 11 years now it's super easy to read him. If anyone even peeks in my room he meows almost like a bark at them and gives them a gtfo look. And when I leave my room for over 10 minutes he'll come out and look for me then sit there and try to lead me back to my room. I've taught him what "no" "nuh uh" and "get down" mean. And when I was looking after a stray cat and her 6 kittens...I'm serious...I'd be in the laundry room with them for 15 minutes and he'd be outside the door and THROWING UP because he was so emotionally upset about me being with those other cats.
My last cat was 18 years old when we had to put her to sleep. I've seen her go through so many human-like emotions ! Pride, remorse, love, fear, compassion... It was amazing to see her like this. When she did something wrong, she would know it, and she tried to hide or to be particularly nice to us hoping we'd soften for this time. We didn't have to punish her, she'd show remorse. She seemed to understand the tones we used when talking, which made it easy to reprimand her.
I miss her so bad...
We took a new kitten, but she doesn't seem to have the finesse my old cat had. Perhaps it'll come when she grows older with us... I'd say some cats have human-like emotions, but some others only feel the basic survival emotions (fear and such).
Yes, they do. My dad grew up with cats. Altogether he had 6 or 7 before he met my mom (she doesn't like cats). He's said on many occasions that they each had their own distinct personalities and it was really fun to watch and see how different they all were.