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Do cats know how to move facial muscles and express emotions?

More recently, scientists from the US stateGeorgia conducted a study that determined which people were able to correctly understand the emotions of dogs. It turned out to be a very interesting experiment, but for some reason, similar scientific work was not carried out on the example of cats, and in fact they are one of the most popular pets in the world. To fill this gap, Canadian researchers decided to conduct a similar experiment in which a large group of volunteers were asked to determine the emotions of cats on YouTube videos. It turned out that cats express their emotions quite well with facial expressions, but how well do people understand them?

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According to The Washington Post, inThe experiment was attended by 6000 people from 85 countries. Among them were both men and women who were representatives of a wide variety of professions. Of course, among the volunteers were veterinarians and employees of various shelters, who have to spend a long time with animals. All of them, regardless of gender, age and field of activity, were shown different videos from YouTube with cats.

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The authors of the study initially admitted thatcats are able to express their mood through facial muscle movements. In 75% of the videos, they discerned obvious facial signs that corresponded to various emotional manifestations. Only here they were able to recognize them during the experiment, only 13% of the participants, that is, even if cats have facial expressions, many people are simply not able to make out and understand them.

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According to scientists, among those who understood correctlyThe mood of human cats was mainly veterinarians and other participants who spend a lot of time with animals. Most of them were young people, that is, adults and elderly participants in the experiment coped with the task much worse. It was also found that women understand animals better than men. What is the reason, scientists do not yet know.

Cats are able to tell a lot with the help of facial muscle movements, so with sufficient experience, you can easily understand them, - concluded the author of a scientific article, George Mason.

According to researchers, their scientific work mayhelp develop methods for recognizing the emotional state of pets. Such a training manual will be useful for both veterinarians and employees of various shelters, as well as for ordinary owners of furry creatures. After all, agree - you would probably pay attention to a book entitled "How to learn to talk with cats?" Especially if the advice presented in it turned out to be really working.

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In general, cats are quite amazinganimals, the study of which scientists are engaged to this day. For example, relatively recently, scientists from Oregon State University conducted an experiment in which the relationship of cats to owners as their own parents was revealed. You can read more about this scientific work in our special material.