Wittgenstein and the Sunday Cat

Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, I, 250:

Why can’t a dog simulate pain? Is he too honest? Could one teach a dog to simulate pain? Perhaps it is possible to teach him to howl on particular occasions as if he were in pain, even when he is not. But the surroundings which are necessary for this behaviour to be real simulation are missing. (PI #250).

Cats, on the other hand…

It is hard to watch the video and not be tempted to believe that the cat and dog have some sort of theory of mind that covers different species.  An alternative, however, is to think of social actions like theirs as more deeply grounded in their biology. 

 Here is a more scary video, but don’t worry – no one is hurt.