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October 10th, 2013, 12:44
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
A cat isn't a human being - so what it has or doesn't have would likely be a different concept.

Obviously, none of this can be established with 100% certainty - and we don't know if cats are actually smarter than us.

But, ultimately, I'd like to claim that a cat doesn't have the same empathic response when playing with a mouse as a normal human being would have when torturing a smaller animal.

Do you think it does?
Children are not born with empathy. They learn it (or dont learn) when they grow up.

Cats have limited ability to learn when compared to humans and I doubt anyone teached the cat about empathy towards mice.

Just like any other skill that children learn (like reading or playing a musical instrument), the skill of empathy requires practice and can be trained. Skills not practiced decline and abilities can be lost.

http://parentingtheatriskchild.com/Empathy.html

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
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