Re: Does your dog or cat have conscious thought?
This thread has proven very interesting to me. Very good points across the board. I think I've come to the unscientific conclusion that indeed, your cat or dog does have conscious thought. It may not be on the same level as us, but I think that basically, they know the score. I can see the decision making process when I open the door for my cat to go pee and there is a foot of snow. Their brains are small for sure, but it seems to me that my cat goes through pretty much the same thought process as me. "Hmm it's cold out there, do I really want to go out now or shall I wait....Well the snow isn't melting anytime soon and my bladder is complaining, so I guess I'll have to suck it up and freeze".
I don't think gerbils (for instance) are on the same level as domesticated animals, but what do I know....