One of the many unique qualities humans possess - as opposed to the other animals we share the planet with - is our ability to appreciate beauty. Some species use colorful feathers or markings to attract a mate, but science has figured out that it is only the color the animal is responding to, not any higher appreciation for beauty. We are the only species that can perceive beauty, and for reasons other than mate selection. Take the little black cat in this gallery of Ashley by Chris Ruegge - he knows there's unusual activity going on with these people in his house, but beyond trying to get himself in the middle of it, he couldn't care less whether Ashley is clothed or naked, beautiful or plain. Animals certainly see us, and our pets even learn to recognize our faces, but they can't be moved by beauty the way we can. So enjoy the fact that you can appreciate the cat's beauty and Ashley's beauty - and enjoy being human.