do animals realize that we wear clothes?

do animals realize that we wear clothes? if not, aren't they freaked out by the fact that we costantly change skin at will?

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Glad it's not just me. I think about this a lot, as well their understanding of cars.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I saw something where some chimp put a twig in his ear, then other chimps started to do it too. This implies they can have a "culture" and you could say they were 'wearing' the twigs and chimps are animals therefore, SOME animals MAY understand you're wearing something that is not part of you.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's not that immediate. After all, indios thought spanish conquistadores were centaur like demigods because they never saw a horse in their life.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >indios thought spanish conquistadores were centaur like demigods
      Really feels like one of those things everyone knows until you find out it was some Catholic priests taking the piss of some native savages.

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    most animals don't care and just take the world as it is.
    But intelligent animals like dogs definitely can understand the idea of putting stuff on your body

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    My cat and dog have come to understand the concept of a blanket, and even if they don't understand what they are they know that they are comfy and warm. I'd assume that my pets assume that I get to wrap myself if comfy blankets (clothing) and walk around all day while they only get to at nap time.

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I suppose most animals know you by your scent, which generally doesn't come from your clothes, so they probably just see them as another item like another anon pointed out.

    Cats and dogs in my experience have always groomed my skin and never tried to groom my clothes, so they must have some understanding that my clothes are not part of me.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do your clothes exude salt water? Our skin tastes salty and yummy.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on the animal. Dogs know people get dressed to go outside. Cats know we bundle up for warmth.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    They notice but they largely don't care. Like how we sleep under bedsheets and quilts, they don't flip out over that, it's just something we do.
    Cats for example basically think us as giant, slightly moronic cats that walk on two feet. They see we don't have as much fur as them so we put on fur and sometimes that fur is different from yesterday's fur. But the scent and general dimensions, face etc. all stays the same so they know it's us.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      animals can understand blankets though, and will happily burrow in one or even use it "properly" by spreading it out over themselves

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        maybe animals consider clothes as just very easy to carry blankets.

        Also pets whose owners clothe them would probably get what's going on after being put in a dumb coat for the 99th time and realize you're wearing basically the same thing.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          My dog has shorter fur so I make her wear a doggy jacket when she goes outside in the colder months of the year. She hated it at first, and literally froze up and didn't move the first time she had to wear clothing. But eventually after so many times of putting it on I think she just understood that it's an object like her leash or her harness or her collar and that it comes off and on. And that she's much warmer outside when she wears it.

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    You world is populated by things beyond your comprehension and just viewed abstractly or topically because it would impossible to understand all of them but that doesn't stop you from using them or ignoring them. It's pretty much the same for them sure it's magical but they can't use it, eat it or have any need for it so they largely just ignore it. Although I'm convinced they don't think it's a living part of you since birds have never tried to groom my shirts or cared about being delicate with the buttons.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The only reactions I've ever had were pets staring when I change clothes (mostly reacting to the movement then pondering the shed clothing for a second) and when me changing clothes really upset a duckling I had. My dad gave him to me when I was wearing the blue uniform we only wore for church day at school, and he got used to me and comfy with me really quickly. Then I wore a red uniform shirt the next day and he did his very distinct "where is mom" call despite me being right there with him, but after he got used to me again he didn't have another issue.

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think most domestic animals are scent oriented and aren't intelligent enough to care how we are dressed. I've seen people wear Halloween masks and freak monkeys the hell out because they're intelligent enough to recognize the difference.

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Better question, what do animals think when they see a car on the road?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      They consider them objects. Animals used to see cars are not afraid of them, of course they're still cautious. Paradoxically, it's when a human gets out of a car that they're alarmed, because it means that human has some business to do there where they live. Walking around will spook them far more than wandering in your car.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        my cat knowns I drive a car and will come walking upto it after I turn the engine off. When I open the door she's there and waiting. Sometimes even tries to climb into it. picrel

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    animals molt and shed all the time they probably assume we do it faster

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I always imagined that animals just know we are not part of the same world. Our cars are dangers to them, and we can sometimes be sources of food, but we are obviously not like them. We are generally not predators and never prey. I think they have more important things to worry about then why we look different.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >they have more important things to worry about then why we look different.
      >tfw not even animals take me seriously

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        They take you very seriously in a sense, you're basically an eldritch being to them.
        If these motherfrickers had oral traditions (some of them actually do), they'd describe us as walking trees that can instantly call upon thunder and kill anything from obscene distances just by looking at them, that we live in mountains and transport ourselves in boulders that race around and crush you if you wander in front of them, that we have made friends with deadly predators and made them totally subservient, but in some cases no less deadly, and that only the boldest (or maddest) may approach us at great risk, and recieve a gift, food that is beyond your comprehension, vibrant tastes that your mind can only barely process, all for seemingly no reason other than they wanted you to have it.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          When you put it like that

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Don't forget that to some we are also bordering immortality.
          Imagine being a hamster, whose great great great grandparents were already in the care of the same human.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    yeah

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