Do you think that animals are conscious of more than that which is programmed into them.
Do they think at all or are they just organic machines which eat, sleep and procreate.
If they think, do they think of things other than eating etc. For example do they remember events from a week ago and mull them over. Do they day dream, for example of a walk in the park with the sun on their back.
Do they have novel thoughts and ideas, based on their life experience.
Or do they simply respond to their immediate surroundings. Thinking neither of the future or the past. Reacting in a Pavlovian way by conditioned responses.
Are all animals the same or do some have a degree of sentience, with others being biological robots.