Well, there’s anthropomorphism, but there’s also sort of a reverse to that, that actually works a little better. We humans have this fancy symbolic/verbal mind, but it’s wrapped around a generic mammallian brain (which in turn is wrapped around a “reptile” brain, which is itself wrapped around a primal vertebrate brainstem/spine)….

So, we do still have something like that cat within us, if we can just get our higher functions to shut up for a little while….