This is a video demonstration of Ebisu the cat mimicking the actions of her owner and dog trainer Fumi Higaki, who used the ‘Do As I Do’ dog training paradigm to teach Ebisu to repeat the movements she makes. Impressive! For reference, the only human movements my cat mimics are bowel ones outside the litter box. Some more info:
“Based on the cat’s performance, we argue that she has the ability to map the different body parts and movements of the human demonstrator into her own body parts and movements, at least to some extent,” the study authors wrote.
That’s wild. And here I thought cat brains were only capable of processing sleep, hunger, and revenge. You learn something new every day. Not me, you. The last thing I learned was probably weeks ago. And not because I already know almost everything, but because– “Your brain is garbage.” I prefer to think of it more of a trash compactor.