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Perceived Best Ages for Cats, Dogs, and Humans: Comparisons across Species, Human Age, and Human Gender

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In addition to chronological age, humans perceive themselves and others as possessing several different functional ages. We extended the boundaries of research on perceived age concepts to cats and dogs, asking people to report on the best physical, mental, emotional, and social ages for cats and dogs. We found that emotional age was the oldest of the best ages and that physical best age was the youngest perceived best age for humans, cats, and dogs. Subjective age concepts extend across species to cats and dogs, and humans’ subjective self age estimates correlate with their estimates of nonhuman animal subjective ages. Human estimates of animal ages may influence variables such as adoption and animal care.

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2010-07-01
2016-12-04

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