Cats Express Emotions, But We’re Not Really Good at Reading Them

A recent study published in the journal Animal Welfare proved what we have been suspecting for such a long time: cats are peculiar beings with hard-to-read behaviors. While some humans can understand their subtle emotional signals, most are completely oblivious to them. We’re talking about facial expressions, without considering a cat’s tail, ears, or whiskers to determine what it’s feeling.

The Canadian researchers gathered 6,329 participants who watched 20 video clips featuring cats that react to positive or negative events. Most of the clips were gathered from Youtube, while some came from people from the university. Most of the participants were women and cat owners. The study shows that in 59% of the cases, people correctly guessed a cat’s mood. In other cases, humans were pretty clueless about what cats were experiencing.

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