A cat that recognizes another cat’s reflection has been called a step away from “self-recognition” by impressed TikTokers.
A video of a redhead cat fumbling with a mirror in confusion was shared to the social media app by @taikawaititismoustache walking past Maggie on the website.
The owner filmed two cats believed to be called Phineas and Hector, which she jokingly captioned, “What a goooob.”
She narrated the clip, saying, “Phin is very confused by how Hector is there but also in the mirror.”
It shows Phineas looking back at the real cat from the mirror as he steps into the glass with his paws. Still troubled, he then touches his colleague, constantly glancing back and forth between the reflection and the flesh-and-blood cat.
Still amazed, Phineas then tries to feel behind the mirror, seemingly trying to make sense of what he was seeing as he also touched Hector some more and saw Maggie laughing in the background.
Numerous people were equally impressed and suspicious of Phineas’ intelligence, as Dima wrote: “He is an epiphany from self-knowledge.”
Similarly, User001 said, “Cats learn about self-recognition.”
Kitty remarked, “The way he pets him to see if he’s an illusion.”
Solitarydaughter remarked, “The trembling of the paw when he sees its movement repeated in the mirror.”
BP commented, “Cats are overwhelmed.”
Rosie Sweeney gushed, “It’s so cute that he pets him and then pets the back of the mirror too.”
Chelle said: “Oh my god that’s the cutest thing ever! I can’t believe you caught it on camera.”
Brett Gostick thought, “You can see the gears turning and it’s AMAZING.”
While Cathal added, “He understands that this is his reflection but fails to comprehend that others have a reflection too.”
The video, seen here, has garnered nearly 500,000 views since it was posted last month.
Another video on her page from October explained when she first got her pet, saying: “Hi, I have a kitten. His name is Phineas and he’s always in a goofy, goofy mood.”
There are a few species that can recognize their own reflection, which is considered a marker of intelligence, humans being one of them.
The so-called “mirror test” was developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr., who marked animals with red spots and then measured their reaction when placed in front of a mirror.
It was commonly believed that if the animal touched the appropriate body part where the mark was located, that would be an indicator that it recognized that it was the reflection itself.
According to an NPR article, Gallup considers only three species to have successfully passed the test; Chimpanzees, orangutans and humans.
Although there is debate about other animals also qualifying, as suggested by a 2019 report published in PLOS Biology Journal, “If a Fish Can Pass the Grade Test, What Are the Implications for Awareness and Self-Awareness Tests in Animals?”
It states: “Increasing reports claim that many other animal species also pass the grade test, including chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and corvids, while many other species appear to fail the test (but behold).”
Although it added: “To date, no vertebrate other than mammals and one species of bird has passed the grade test.”
news week asked Maggie for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/cat-reaction-reflection-mirror-step-away-self-recognition-1711008 The cat’s reaction to the reflection is one step away from “self-recognition”.