When Beans and I are out for a walk I watch how much she enjoys being out in nature exploring and hunting. Often as I stand there I reflect back upon her life before I adopted her at her age of approximately two years old. She was living in an apartment with two dogs and a little girl. I would wonder if she has any memory of that time and place. One day I looked it up and learned this:
“Long term memory for a cat is more powerful (they were comparing it to dogs here). Although a cat may lock only a few people or places into his long-term memory, he can remember them for years. He can remember certain places or people for most of his life.”
Oh I am sure she isn't walking around thinking about her life before and comparing it to what she is doing at the moment but now I know that she knows she is having a great life from that what is stored in her long-term memory.
When the guy handed her off to me in the parking lot that day the last thing I said to him as I turned away to get into the RV is “She’s going to have a great life.” I doubt that he could care any less but I know Beans life is infinitely better than his.