According to a British anthropologist named John Bradshaw, in his book Cat Sense, cats don’t know that we are a different species. They think of humans as cats—albeit big, dumb, non-hostile ones. I’ve heard that this is why cats bring us their hunted prey, because we are just far too big and stupid to catch our own!
We thought this was the funniest thing ever, that Alice & Finnegan would think of us this way. Ever since learning about this, we have referred to ourselves as big, stupid cats. E.g. Alice & Finnegan are wondering “what are the big, stupid cats doing now?” or “when are the big, stupid cats going to feed us?”. In fact, we’ve made the decision that ALL animals think we are big, stupid cats. E.g. when we are out in the country taking pictures of horses, we joke that the horse is wondering “what are those big, stupid cats doing? Why do they have those big, black eyes pointed at me?” (*big, black eyes/aka camera lenses*).
Do your cats think you are big, stupid cats, too?
(NOTE: Bradshaw actually says that cats think humans are big, SLOW cats, but we thought stupid was funnier. While we think it seems impossible that they think we are cats at all, we also think it’s funny that they do (or might), and referring to ourselves as ‘big, stupid cats’ is kind of a fun game. The author observed cats for a number of years before drawing his conclusions.)