Cats Do Have Facial Expressions – Science Proves It.
How in tune are you with your cat, or cats in general? Do you think cats can make facial expressions? Do you know if your cat is happy? sad? anxious? agitated? A recent study found that cats definitely have facial expressions – and science proves humans are terrible at reading them.
“More than 6,000 study participants in 85 countries, the vast majority of them cat owners, watched brief cat videos and then judged the animals’ moods. The average score was just under 60 percent correct – an F, if cat videos were a school subject.”
How Well Can You Judge Cat Facial Expressions?
Ready to find out if you have what it takes to discern your cat’s moods? Take the cat facial quiz here.
If you’d like to read the full story in the Washington Post – click the article below.
We generally assume a purring cat is a contented cat. It's safe to say a hissing cat, its ears drawn back, is not pleased. But aside from the visage of Grumpy Cat - who may not have been grumpy at all - feline faces don't tell us much about how cats feel.
How did I do on the cat facial expression test?
Not to brag or anything, but I got 100% on the first quiz… but there’s a second, more difficult quiz that follows. I didn’t fare so well on the second, more difficult part. I think it’s really hard to judge a cat’s mood without seeing most of the rest of their body… but I digress. Most of us who know and love cats already know that they emote and show their moods in a variety of ways…!