Time is also calculated by dogs and cats. They don’t have the watch, yes, but they can find their way around in the days by hearing, habits and a great sense of observation. “The temporal development of animals is still a mystery in many respects,” states Emanuela Diana, an ethologist and zooanthropologist, to Caterina Spinelli on Libero Quotidiano. “Our fuzzy buddies are certainly influenced by man’s behavior, but the four-legged friends do not have the same understanding of the timetable as we humans do. Especially if the life of the owner is normal and has a fairly regular schedule, it is easier for household pets to know what will happen and to almost predict the behavior of the owner. Cats, however, are the least affected among all the four-legged friends and are most likely to follow their predatory nature. In reality, the cats are used to start at dusk and keep the owners awake at night. The cycles of development and the seasons also think of the days.
Like humans, though, animals do not think about spatial spaces such as the future or the past. Research conducted in the United States by animal psychologist Alexandra Horowitz reveals the knowledge of our furry friends ‘ time, a cognition linked to smell: the stronger the human smells, the newer they are. This means that more time has passed when a scent disappears. And the same goes for human beings: the stronger their scent, the more time they have gone by since they left.
About the groups that are made after a split, irrespective of the length of this, Dr. Angelica Bassi, ethologist and behaviorist, explains: “Animals suffer from separation anxiety, a reaction which happens in some animals so much more extreme than others. There is also in the group the greeting and the party that they make us at the return.