Posted: September 8, 2011 in Sharon

I reckon she knows she’s guilty of something….

  1. rootietoot says:

    Maybe she got a sketchy tattoo in an unusual place and paid cash for it.

  2. kingschwarz says:

    I think cats occasionally feel shame, but rarely guilt. If shame = perception of having failed vis-a-vis some external standard v. guilt = internally-generated sense of moral failure. In other words, a cat might feel shame at having pooped on the carpet, knowing full well that this is against the rules, but is unlikely to feel deeply and personally guilty. My last cat, I fear, felt neither. The closest she got was mild embarrassment when she flubbed an acrobatic maneuver. And even then she maintained it was done on purpose just to entertain us clumsy bipeds.

    • rootietoot says:

      My cats never seem to feel anything more than mild embarassment when caught being affectionate with the dogs. Their standard behavior indicates mild to moderate irritation at being inconvenienced. By everything.

      • kingschwarz says:

        Cats and dogs. Although my cat referenced above had no time for dogs, this is often not the case. Cats seem to view dogs as slightly improved versions of humans – pretty stupid, yes, but not so stupid as to clean their litter boxes and moreover possessed of four legs rather than a pitiful two.

        • rootietoot says:

          I haven’t decided if my cats actually *like* the dogs, or if they see them as potential food when they (the dogs) die, and the cats want them to die in an easily accessible location. I fear the cats see their humans in the same way.

          • kingschwarz says:

            The only dog my cat would have considered worthy of eating is the dogfish. And humans, foul-smelling naked beasts that we are, were decidedly off her menu. Anything from the sea, including octopi, were on.

      • joankelly6000 says:

        oh my heart just stopped, rootie. “mild embarrassment when caught being affectionate with the dogs.” *sigh of pleasure at the image*

        it made me think of how my Felix (a cat, and 3 years old at the time) would seem embarrassed when caught being affectionate (as in, totally acting like his biological mom-cat) towards Ernie (a tiny kitten who hypnotized me into letting him come live with us against my will, and who Felix initially wanted to kill on sight).

        I guess it’s that I love that cats, similar to me, are not wholly comfortable being seen displaying affection, but they do still like to be affectionate, so the dichotomy is cute. (Not that cute on me though – I’ll hug ya til the cows come home if we’re friends saying hi or bye, but PDA’s with anyone I’m fucking? SO not my thing.)

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