AnswerThis is a difficult question to answer with certainty, but I do believe that some people are more susceptible to it than others. To give the subject justice would require detailed anthropological study on human behavior, which has yet to come up with any firm conclusions. That being said, I can provide my opinion on whether or not this is conscious decision. The answer of the person who had an emotional reaction of guilt when petting their cat while they were eating implies that there is some level of self-awareness in humanizing animals. It’s unclear if anyone else agreed on this conclusion.So for now it seems that humans probably do have some awareness when they are doing something similar to this despite not being able to control these urges completely.