do you think animals experience love?
Hello! I was just wondering if you think animals are capable of experiencing love. I was reading online and there was a trainer who said animals are solely instinctual and do everything they do for survival. People just personify animals with emotions that only humans are capable of. What are your thoughts on this? I want to think that animals receive and reciprocate love. I don't have anything as proof, just my own experience. When my Jasper (7 month orange tabby) comes up to me when I'm on the computer and starts licking my face and nuzzling me I think he's showing love. I read that he's marking me with his pheremones by doing that. When he's not making a sound and then I pick him up or stroke him and he starts purring immediately I know he cares and is happy with my presence. I don't think he thinks of me as dinner or an enemy as the survivor instinct only theory suggests. I wonder about if they are capable of loving us... something outside their species. I don't think goldfish and spiders love, but cats and dogs, yes. I wonder what your experiences and opinions are!