How many of us who have owned a cat have thought at least once looking at it, “Who knows what it’s thinking?”
A very common stereotype is that dogs are man’s best friends, faithful and predictable animals, while cats are incomprehensible, enigmatic, and very independent animals. That’s not exactly the case. One study explains that if you have not been able to understand your cat for years, it is only your fault and your lack of talent in understanding them.
The thesis is supported by Georgia Mason, from the University of Guelph in Canada, who conducted a study to discover, through tests, how much people can understand the emotional state of a cat, simply by looking at their facial expressions.
The study used videos of cats taken from the web, where a modification was made to eliminate the context, focusing only on cat expressions (the public version of the test is available here if you want to try it).
The study was carried out on 6,000 people who were asked to indicate, for each video watched, the emotional state of the cat.
The results indicated that on average the participants were able to guess about 50% of the answers. 13% of the people gave 75% of the correct answers without too much difficulty.
Georgia Mason defines people who understand the language of cats as “cat whisperers” which means “cat whisperers. The talent to understand the language of cats is a very entertaining curiosity to explain to other people who own cats, thus making them understand the behavior of your four-legged friend.
Thanks to the study of Georgia Mason and her team, it could have many practical implications. The study highlights that cat whisperers can notice details and facial microexpressions that escape the rest of the people.
Cat whisperers, by being able to accurately identify the expressions of cats, can teach their craft to those who can’t understand them, even going so far as to facilitate the work in the veterinary field.