Memory Cats Understand Emote

To understand a cat’s memory a lot of observation and measurement must take place. Conditions must be set up and controlled to be able to sort out the variables that effects a cat’s memory. Memory, along with emotion, are complex processes that interact with one another in both humans and in cats. There is a lot of similarity between the physical make-up of the cat’s brain and a human brain. So, in a sense, the more understanding of our own memory reveals some of the mysteries about cat’s memory and vice versa.

It is suggested that an emotional event is what strengthens memory in most animals, including cats. If a cat has a confrontation with another cat and there is some emotions stirred up, fear and anger for example, there is a higher probability that those two cats will remember each other. This is not a controlled laboratory setting, but careful observation can open some doors of inquiry about how a cat’s memory functions. Knowing how a cat’s memory functions leads to some suggestive insight into a cat’s mind. Behind those strange-shaped eyes lies a very active center of emotion, memory and thoughts, which careful observation in a home or natural setting can reveal.

Cats dream when they sleep, their paw’s twitch, their eye movements increase, vocal activity takes place. Knowing that a cat dreams we can take a guess at what they are dreaming about. It will be a generalized guess, such as if the cats hair stands slightly on end, their paws twitch and there is something like a growling noise being emitted, a pretty good guess would be that cat is processing some sort of fearful emotional event that happened in its life. Such as fighting with a dog, or another cat.

Once a “guess” has been established about what the cat is dreaming about, then how the cat’s memory prioritizes experiences can be seen. It is in the order of importance of the emotional event that shows how the cat has organized some aspect of their experience. Dreams can reveal some of that hierarchy that the cat uses as to which memory to include and act on.

When a cat awakens and starts processing environmental information, it is important to again, observe the cat, and realize that since this is not a controlled environment where confounds can be kept at a minimum that some of the interpretations we have of what we think the cat is remembering, or how the cat is remembering, can be open to interpretation.

It is in our own subjective interpretation of how the cat is remembering or why the cat is remembering that the understanding will come. Allow flexibility and keep an open mind to your interpretations of the how’s and why’s of the operations taking place inside the cat’s skull. Our memory too will play a part, so sometimes note-taking or pictures will help strengthen certain conclusions about a cat’s memory.

Since we can only observe the behavior of a cat, that is, we have no tools to “see” inside the cat’s head to watch memories arise and be processed and prioritized, we then have to create suggestions as to what and why the cat is remembering. Here is where we can get some clear ideas of what a cat can remember and what it chooses to remember. The sound of an electric can opener will get most cats within hearing distance moving towards the sound. The assumption here is that the cat will “remember” the sound and that if the cat shows up there might be some tuna fish juice, or canned cat food that has been presented to them at some time in the past.

It is in the cat’s memory that this complex operation takes place, though there is no tool to see all the chemical and electrical activity taking place inside the cat’s brain, a guess can be made to interpret the cat’s behavior. This simple act is measurable and can be repeated and also manipulated. The time and place when the can opener sound is made, the type of food presented, or any variation on the process will effect the cats behavior, which then interpretations can be made about what is going on in the cat memory area in its brain.

These interpretations, coupled with our own experience can then be carried over to other observations of the cat’s behavior. The trees the cat climbs when a dog chases it, the cat’s favorite chair to sleep in, the way a cat reacts to certain people all offer insight to a cat’s memory. Careful observation and interpretation can reveal some of the inner-workings of the cats brain. Once a careful observation can be seen repeated over time, such as a cat sleeping in the same chair day after day, then a more complex picture of what is going on can be built with slight variations in the cat’s environment. The placement of the chair, the odor of the chair, or removing the chair completely can all offer clues and hints at what is going on between those two pointed ears. It is through observing and learning the cat’s reactions and actions to environmental changes that an understanding of a cat’s memory can be formed.