The Thoughtful Animal

Self-Recognition in Cats?

Do cats have self recognition? This video suggests they might not, at least in terms of passing the mirror recognition task. But, well, this isn’t really the mirror recognition task. And the mirror recognition task may not be the best way to test self recognition in cats.

But in any case, it’s a pretty hilarious video of an (evil) cat.

(via @ferrisjabr)


  1. #1 Noel
    June 24, 2010

    Cute kitty. This video light up my day.

  2. #2 W P Gardner
    June 24, 2010

    How old is this kitten? I once had a kitten who was only a few days old hiss at me. Obviously they can recognize evil even at a very young age.

  3. #3 Kurt Schmitt
    June 27, 2010

    One of my cats, Teddie, a tortoiseshell, used to attack her reflection like that. At some point, she figured out that the cat in the mirror was not a threat, and the mirror never bothered her again. Too funny.

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