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    do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    This poll/question considers birds and mammals. I'm pretty sure reptiles, amphibians and fish have emotions, but not in a way we would understand.

    Also want to test a theory I have, feel free to discuss dare I say... debate,

    or tell if your view has changed over the years.

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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Of course. Ever have a pet cat or dog?

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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    oh yes! I have 3 cats right now Sammy who is 19 and a half years old, Peaches, she's 11 and Violet who's 3 years old.

    Violet is the "play with me" kitty, Peaches is the "pet and brush me" kitty, and Sam is ancient. Violet is the one that makes it very clear what she might feel, or what she wants to say.

    The funny thing is... she can't vocalize! The most she can do is grunt, which she does to say put me down, or cut it out. She usually just looks at the person and opens her mouth though.
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Of course they do! Why else would cats be so evil, if not for the lulz?

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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Yes. I think dolphins are some of the most intelligent creatures on the face of the Earth or in the Sea
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Yes, they clearly have emotions and feelings. If you're asking if they are "conscious" or "self-aware"...I think it depends on the animal. There is a spectrum of consciousness IMO, and I think most large mammals have some degree of it.
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    most mammals do, from what i've seen, the smarter types of birds, like parrots, ravens and crows do, however, none of my pet fish or lizards have ever shown emotion.
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    All animals of the type that you mention feel fear... which is an emotion. Therefore, the answer is "yes".
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    All animals of the type that you mention feel fear... which is an emotion. Therefore, the answer is "yes".
    do they feel fear as we do, as a kind of 'oh ****' sorta thing, or is it just an instinctive, 'i can't win this, i'll run away'?
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    Re: do non-human animals have emotions, feelings?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    do they feel fear as we do, as a kind of 'oh ****' sorta thing, or is it just an instinctive, 'i can't win this, i'll run away'?
    My guess is, the latter.
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