This is a question that many people have an opinion about.
Having lived with dogs and cats for over half a century, they do have feelings. If you have been around animals and cared for them, you can’t help but notice they can feel when you are sad or happy that they have an empathetic reaction to their human.
Have you seen a dog or cat take care of their litter? Is it nature or are they imparting nurturing their babies.
I have seen instances, where animals stay with a friend, is hurt or killed and will not leave them.
I have seen instances where animal pairs bond so closely that they will whine if separated and will quit when reunited. Is that feelings or pack mentality.
I had an English Setter that would show emotion when I would. The worst thing I could do as far as letting her know I was upset with her was to ignore her. When I did she would lower her head and move to a spot and curl into a ball until I would talk to her.
I think that shows a level of emotion and feelings.
Most people that have animals in their homes feel they are family members, not just a pet that you can ignore or take to a shelter when you get tired of it.
I know people that have spent thousands of dollars on their animals at veterinarians for the treatment of cancer, joint problems, back problems, and more just they would for a loved one.
I have a friend that has a terrier that is a certified emotional support dog that will automatically migrate to a person that is not feeling well like a person who recently had a stroke and is rehabilitating with a physical therapist and nurses coming into the home as part of taking care of the stroke patient. The terrier comes down to see what is going on. He is the companion to a friend of the stroke patient. Is this feeling for the patient? What about the person that needs emotional support?
It is hard to believe that animals don’t have feelings when you see it daily as humans help animals and see animals move to humans for help when they are in a difficult situation.
I choose to believe that all animals have feelings because I have witnessed signs of it over many years.
What do you think?
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